The chart presents results over the last five years. Sales of new paint for the past three years have decreased over the levels seen in the two years prior. These lower sales drive the volume of leftover paint recovered by the program and are a result of the downturn in the Alberta economy.
The chart presents results over the last five years. The current year of 2018-19 shows continued growth with a 19.6% increase over the previous year. This improvement is attributed in part to communications for commercial paint roundups that specify spray paint cans are accepted in the program for recycling (see next page for more information on these roundups). Since 2008, five million spray paint cans have been recycled.
Every year Albertans are polled to measure support for the Paint Program and the environmental fees charged on the sale of new paint and containers.This year the results indicated Program support remains strong while support for the fees increased by five points over 2018. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@albertarecycling) and make sure to post a photo of yourself recycling your old paint, spray paint and paint containers!
The plastic pails collected by paint Recyclers are shipped to an approved processor in southern Alberta and recycled into composite lumber, fence posts and parking curbs.
The metal cans are recycled into industrial products such as rebar.