A Major Milestone is Achieved by Canada's Oldest Electronics Recycling Program



    EDMONTON, June 2 /CNW/ - Canada's first electronics recycling program, in
its fourth year of operation, has passed the 1 million mark in electronic
products processed.
    Beginning in October 2004, Electronics Recycling Alberta, which is
managed and operated by Alberta Recycling Management Authority (Alberta
Recycling), has provided Albertans with an effective, secure and convenient
method of recycling their end-of-life TV's computers and peripherals.
Albertans have responded with increasing enthusiasm.
    Since its beginnings, Electronics Recycling Alberta has grown from
100 municipal collection sites and 3 processors within the province handling
9,000 items each month, to over 220 collection sites and 6 processors handling
over 41,000 items per month. By the end of the 2007/08 fiscal year, the
Alberta program had recycled over 1,130,000 electronic components, including
176,000 TVs, 336,000 computers, 427,000 monitors and 198,000 printers,
diverting more than 21,000 metric tonnes from landfills in the province.
    "Diverting this much material represents a significant saving in landfill
costs as well as reducing the amount of hazardous components being put into
landfills," states Doug Wright, CEO of Alberta Recycling. "Albertans are
accepting and supporting this program in numbers that lead the pack in North
America." In surveys commissioned by Alberta Recycling, more than 90% of
Albertans support the program which is funded by an environmental fee being
charged at the point of purchase of new TV's, computers and printers.
Albertans are recycling close to 3kg. per capita, which is higher than other
provinces or states and close to the 4kg target set by the European Union.
    Waste electronics can contain harmful chemicals such as lead, mercury,
PCB's and flame retardants which can leach into the ground. So far, the
program has diverted more than 652,000 kg. of lead, 715,000 Kg. of fire
retardant material and 95,000 kg. of copper from recycled waste electronics.
In the recycling process, electronics are broken down to their component
materials, plastics, metals and glass, and then further processed as
remanufactured products and commodities. All of the electronics collected in
Alberta are processed in Alberta, keeping them out of the e-waste stream being
"dumped" in developing countries.

    Alberta Recycling is a not-for-profit association responsible for
managing Alberta's electronics, tire and paint recycling programs. Working
with industry and reporting to the Minister of Environment, Alberta Recycling
is working to provide innovative and successful recycling programs for the
benefits of all Albertans and our environment.
    For more information, please visit our website www.albertarecycling.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Alberta Recycling at 1-888-999-8762 or online
at info@albertarecycling.ca; Media inquiries to Jim Sellers, Communications
Manager at (780) 442-3203 or jimsellers@albertarecycling.ca

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ALBERTA RECYCLING MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY (ARMA)

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