The Town of Innisfail waste transfer station, through the Alberta Recycling Management Authority’s 2020-22 Electronics Expansion Pilot Project, is now able to accept more of your electronic items for recycling!
The electronics recycling pilot is a two-year project that will expand the scope of electronic products Albertans can recycle without adding new consumer fees. It will be operated by the Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA) and will inform how government can advance electronics recycling in the future.
Items can be dropped at the Town of Innisfail’s waste transfer station. More information about the waste transfer station is available on the Town’s Garbage and Recycling home page.
Why is government implementing an electronics recycling pilot project?
ARMA is looking at the possibility of implementing a sustainable and expanded electronics recycling program that will support jobs and our economy as we grapple with COVID-19 economic recovery. Municipalities will benefit as they’ll get compensated for these additional recycled electronic items.
The pilot will enhance protection of the environment and position Alberta as a significant contributor to the emerging circular economy where we recycle and recover as much product material as possible and return it to the manufacturing process.
ARMA has identified an electronic recycling pilot program as having great potential to support job creation and grow Alberta’s economy while also contributing to global recycling and waste reduction efforts.
What is a circular economy?
A circular economy is one where products have a longer life cycle. Upon the end of a product’s life cycle, we recycle and recover as much material as possible and return it to the manufacturing process.
What are the environmental benefits?
The environmental benefits include preventing hazardous materials from leaching into the ground and water; reducing the amount of waste destined for landfills; preserving natural resources by reducing the need to use up precious, non-renewable materials to make new products; and, conserving energy by using recycled materials instead of raw materials to make new products.
How could an electronics pilot project support job creation?
An economic impact assessment (EIA) commissioned by ARMA determined that there is the potential to almost double the recycling jobs in the provincial electronics program by adding an additional 360 jobs to the 400 existing full-time equivalent jobs (FTE), bringing the total to 760 FTE. These jobs include collection, transportation, processing and manufacturing.