Electronics Recycling Program

Taking your old electronics out of the picture. Alberta’s Electronics Recycling Program is helping protect our environment by keeping old TVs and computer equipment out of our landfills, and away from the waste stream flowing into developing countries.

Expanded Electronics Recycling Program Pilot

Proudly announcing the latest step towards an expanded Electronics Recycling Program -Alberta's exciting new pilot project launches September 1.

Eligible Products and Fees

The environmental fees Albertans pay when purchasing new TVs and computer equipment, ranging from $1.20 - $10.00, are used to help fund the cost to recycle them. There are recycling depots (collection sites) across the province where you can take your end-of-life electronics so they can be recycled in an effective, secure and environmentally safe manner.

Televisions

Computers & Servers

Laptops & Tablets

Printers, Copiers, Scanners & Fax Machines

Find a Recycling Depot

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Electronics Recycling Roundup for Schools and Non-Profit Groups

Get your school, team or club involved with the Electronics Recycling Program! Apply to hold a roundup and raise funds with the electronics you collect.

New to this program this year is the inclusion of ePilot material, with everything from microwaves to cell phones, games and toys being accepted and a whole lot more.

For more information and to apply for an event, download the 2021-22 Hard-to-Get Electronics Recycling Roundup Application.

Applicants must demonstrate procedures to be put in place in accordance with current public health measures for the safety of all participants.

What happens to my electronics?

Electronics is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world. Technology continues to evolve at an incredibly rapid pace, making electronics like TVs or computers easy to replace. The challenge of this rapid replacement is that these electronics contain some measure of potentially poisonous materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and others - which makes them toxic if not dealt with properly.

How are we doing?

An overview of the past year's progress in the Electronics Recycling Program can be found in our digital annual report found at https://albertarecyclingreports.ca/

Additionally, you can download the 2020-21 Progress Reports for recycling program highlights and key results from the past year.

And be the first to know when a new Progress Report is available by signing up for email notifications at the bottom of our homepage.


Municipalities and Indigenous Communities

Municipalities and Indigenous communities wishing to register their electronics recycling depots (referred to in the Program as electronics collection sites) may do so at the link below.

Corporate and Institutional

Recycle the desk debris cluttering up your business in a safe and secure manner.

For more information visit https://electronics.albertarecycling.ca/ now!

Electronics Recycling FAQs

Is the information on my computer secure when it is recycled?

Electronics recyclers registered with ARMA adhere to registered processor compliance requirements to ensure safe and proper disposal of personal information found on devices. However, ARMA recommends wiping your device or hard drive before dropping it off at a collection site to give yourself peace of mind.

Is there a risk of my old computer that I just dropped off ending up in a third-world country?

No; a primary objective of the program is to prevent end-of-life computer equipment and TVs from being shipped to developing countries where environmental and safety abuses may occur. All of this material is processed at registered recycler sites based in Alberta.

Can I recycle other electronics in Alberta like microwaves, vacuum cleaners or toasters?

In May 2020 the Government of Alberta approved a two-year pilot project to expand the types of end-of-life electronics products that will be accepted through the program. Learn more.

What can I do with my printer ink and toner cartridges?

Printer ink and toner cartridges are considered peripheral items within the electronics program and therefore may be accepted in small amounts at your local electronics recycling depot. Please check the Depot Finder to find a location near you and call them to verify that they will accept these items.

Additionally, at the following link you will find a list of manufacturers and how they manage their cartridges https://everycartridge.com/canada/

Can businesses drop off their old computer equipment, copiers, fax machines, scanners and TVs at any of the Electronics Depots listed by Alberta Recycling?

The majority of electronics recycling depots accept end-of-life electronics from businesses. Search the Depot Finder to locate an electronics recycling depot near you and give them a call to verify acceptance of your material.

Registered Electronics Processors

Need an Electronics Recycler? Are you interested in Becoming a Registered Electronics Recycler?