Did You Know?
(updated August 2020)
- The equivalent of 125 million car tires have been recycled since the program began in 1992.
- The equivalent of six million car tires are recycled annually.
- In April, 2011 the tire program expanded to include off-road, industrial and specialty tires.
- Through the Municipal Grant Program, 788 grants totaling $14.5 million have benefited Alberta communities across the province since 2000.
- There are numerous recycling depots (collection sites) set up by municipalities and Indigenous communities throughout the province that accept tires for recycling. Find a recycling depot near you.
- Products manufactured from recycled tires include surfacing for playgrounds, molded products such as mats and sidewalk blocks, mulch for landscaping and loose crumb in sports fields.
- Research and development projects: testing tires shred ('tire-derived aggregate') as lightweight embankment fill for highway overpass construction and in rural road applications.
- Alberta has the distinction of starting Canada’s first electronics recycling program, which began in October 2004.
- Albertans have recycled 10 million units of computer equipment and televisions since the program began (keeping hazardous materials such as lead, mercury or cadmium found in circuit boards or cathode ray tubes out of the landfills).
- Currently televisions, computers (incl. keyboard, mouse, speakers and cables), monitors, printers, large multi-function printer copiers, standalone copiers, scanners, and fax machines are accepted for recycling at municipal collection sites.
- These millions of units have been dismantled into 201,577 metric tonnes of metal, plastic and glass that has been shipped into the marketplace for manufacturing into new products.
- There are numerous recycling depots (collection sites) set up by municipalities and Indigenous communities throughout the province Alberta that accept electronics for recycling. Find a recycling depot near you. 96% of Albertans live within a 20-minute drive of an electronics recycling depot
- There are also electronics roundups taking place from April - October each year, providing Albertans an additional opportunity to recycle their computer equipment and TVs.
- Albertans purchase approximately 23 million litres of paint, stain and related products each year.
- On average, between 10 and 15 percent of this paint goes unused.
- Since the program’s inception in April 2008, 26.9 million litres of waste paint has been recycled along with 5.8 million spray paint cans.
- There are numberous recycling depots (collection sites) set up by municipalities and Indigenous communities throughout the province that accept paint and containers for recycling. Find a recycling depot near you.
- There are also paint roundups that take place anytime from April - October each year which provide an additional opportunity for Albertans to recycle their paint.
- Leftover latex paint is manufactured into recycled paint; oil-based paint is used in fuel recovery. Plastic paint cans are now being recycled into molded products such as fence posts and building products. Metal paint cans are recycled into industrial metals such as rebar.
- 2019 research indicted that 84% of Albertans polled are aware of their nearest paint recycling depot.
Used Oil Materials Recycling
- Albertans have recycled 1.8 billion litres of used oil, 155.4 million oil filters and 40.6 million kilograms of oil containers since the Program began in 1997.
- Environmental fees apply to: lubricating oil, oil containers and oil filters.
- Used oil materials are generated from a multitude of industries as well as vehicle owners.
- There are a number of used oil collection sites in the province where small amount of materials can be dropped off for recycling. Find a recycling depot near you.
- Seventeen processors are registered with Alberta Recycling to recycle the used oil materials.
- High quality used lubricating oil e.g. automotive oil is re-refined into new lubricating oil. Lower quality used oil is processed into a fuel that can be used by pulp mills, cement plants, asphalt plants, and other industrial applications.
- Oil filters are crushed (with the residual oil captured) and processed by a metal recycler for manufacturing into construction materials such as rebar and pipe.
- Plastic oil containers are pelletized and used as feedstock for products such as new containers, guardrails, fence posts and railway ties.
- According to 2019 research, 86% of Albertans polled support the Used Oil Materials Recycling Program.