Our Impact

Recycling really does work

It protects the environment

Old tires, electronics, paint and used oil can pose a significant health risk when they're thrown in the garbage. Tires collect water and can create a breeding ground for disease carrying insects. Electronics and paint contain elements like lead and mercury that can contaminate ground water. In the same way, used oil is considered a hazardous waste can contaminate our waterways and land.

It saves natural resources

By recycling, you reduce the need to use up precious, non-renewable materials to make new products. Recycled tires are used instead of stone and gravel in different civil engineering applications. Metal, plastic and glass from electronics are used again to make new electronics and other products. Old paint is turned into usable paint; high quality used oil is re-refined and lower quality oil is used to help fuel various industrial applications.

It conserves energy

Using recycled material to make new products reduces the energy needed to collect and process raw material used in manufacturing. And, in some cases, recycled materials can be used as alternative fuel sources, reducing the need to consume non-renewable, energy resouces.

It saves millions of dollars in valuable landfill space

Since 1992, Albertans have saved millions of tax dollars by recycling their old tires, electronics, paint and used oil materials instead of tossing them in the landfill.

It creates jobs

At every step in the recycling process, from collection and transportation to processing, people are needed to make sure scrap tires, end-of-life electronics, and leftover paint and paint containers and used oil materials are safely handled.

Recycling FAQs

Are all tires in Alberta recycled?

All vehicle tires, as well as construction, industrial and off-the-road tires are recycled right here in Alberta.

What happens to the TVs and computers that are dropped off for recycling or picked up from businesses?

They are picked up by registered recyclers and transported to their facilities, all located in Alberta. The products are disassembled into metals, glass and plastic. These commodities are then shipped to approved companies for further processing or manufacturing into new products.

Can paint cans be recycled even if the paint itself is dried up or the can is empty?

Yes, the metal and plastic cans, including spray paint cans, can be recycled as well so make sure not to throw them in the garbage but take them to your nearest paint recycling depot.

What happens to the recycling fees that I pay when I buy a new computer, can of paint, set of tires, or a container of automotive oil?

The environmental fees charged on the sale of eligible electronics, paint, tires, or lubricating oil are used to help fund the cost of collecting and recycling these materials, as well as to fund research and development and public awareness.

Are Alberta Recycling's programs impacted by restrictions imposed by China on recyclable materials?

Please read the following update on China's market restrictions.

What about recycling cooking oil?

Alberta’s used oil management program encourages the collection and processing of lubricating oil (e.g., automotive oil), oil filters, and oil containers. Please consult with your local municipality on how to most effectively dispose of cooking oil, fats, grease, and other household waste.