The chart presents results over the last five years. The amount recycled this year is 6.5% lower than the prior year, continuing a trend of lower recycling volumes in the electronics industry. As the majority of heavier, older model TVs and monitors have been recycled, increasing numbers of newer, lighter units are showing up for recycling.
The Government of Alberta is considering changes to the Electronics Program that could see over 250 products ranging from small appliances such as microwaves and toasters to vacuum cleaners, curling irons and power tools added to the Program. Albertans have been so committed to recycling their old TVs and computer equipment that in a recent poll they indicated they want to keep more electronics out of the landfill.
OF ALBERTANS SUPPORT EXPANSION OF THE PROGRAM
Collection and recycling of electronics
R&D; Program awareness
Every year Albertans are polled to measure support for both the Program and the environmental fees charged on the sale of new TVs and computer equipment. This year results indicate Program support remains strong but support for the fees has not increased over the prior year. Eight out of 10 people are aware of their nearest recycling depot and in the past year three out of 10 have used a depot to recycle their old TVs and computers.
Since 2004, 12,100 tonnes of hazardous material has been safely and properly handled during the recycling process. Following are results from the past two years showing some of the substances of concern diverted from the landfill.