Alberta to consolidate electronics, stewardship programs

Alberta to consolidate electronics, stewardship programs

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Alberta is proposing a number of changes to recycling regulations in the province, including the consolidation of its extended producer responsibility (EPR) system.

Designed to reduce waste and more closely align Alberta's recycling regulations with other Canadian provinces, the proposed changes include consolidating all of Alberta's separate recycling regulations under one comprehensive framework that would include electronics, beverage containers, used oil, tires and paint. Such a system would also eliminate environmental fees levied on taxpayers and shift the costs of collecting and processing materials on to generators.

Additionally, the types of electronics covered by the program would expand to include small appliances, AV equipment, power tools and telecommunications equipment. Currently, the program covers desktop and laptop computers, peripherals, printers and video display devices and includes recycling fees ranging from $1.20 for a laptop to $10 for a display with a 30-inch or larger screen.

A public consultation period will begin this fall.

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