The way we live, decisions we make, and actions we take have far-reaching impacts. Like many communities around the world, Albertans are navigating a new reality that recycling isn’t as straightforward as once thought, and that now more than ever, our actions in this area must be ecologically and economically sound. To bring about the kind of change needed for a greener, healthier, and more productive future, we need to understand the drivers of progress along with the associated hurdles. We also require champions who aren’t afraid to exploit new ideas and to bring fresh products, services and systems into play for our collective benefit.
TIRE RECYCLING PROGRAM
Be it from irreparable damage or general wear and tear, the tires on our vehicles don’t last forever. Fortunately for consumers and community members, Global Environmental Manufacturing (G.E.M.) Inc. has found a way to not only repurpose scrap tires, but also to offer innovative and eco-friendly roofing solutions.
An Alberta company’s innovative research and testing has confirmed the effective use of a recycled product previously considered a waste. Tire Derived Aggregate, or TDA for short, is a value-added engineered product produced from scrap tires. While this product has long been used in Alberta, there was a lack of evidence that it is an effective alternative to traditional aggregate.
PAINT RECYCLING PROGRAM
Full Circle Plastics is changing the painting landscape in Alberta. Established in 2016, the aptly named family business has dedicated its operations to recycling and repurposing 1 and 5 gallon plastic paint pails.
We all know that a new coat of paint can refresh a tired space. But did you know that leftover paint presents a challenging and hazardous problem for us all?
USED OIL RECYCLING PROGRAM
Alberta’s connection to oil is well known. We are home to the third largest oil reserves in the world and have earned a reputation as Canada’s energy province, producing about 80% of the country’s crude oil.
ELECTRONICS RECYCLING PROGRAM
It’s a confusing statement that might make you smile, but it has to be said. Alberta is at the leading edge of outdated technology. In fact, when it comes to recycling end-of-life (EOL) electronics, nobody in Canada does it better.
Launched in the spring of 2015, the Alberta Recycling Technology Upgrade Program is sparking great results for registered electronics processors across the province.