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.
Since 2004 Albertans have been recycling their end-of-life TVs and computer equipment. Find out more about the Program.
Since 2008 Albertans have been recycling their leftover paint and empty paint containers. Find out more about the Program