This chart presents results over the last five years. 2019-20 shows an increase of 4.6% processed over the prior year, indicating an increase in sales resulting from a gradual recovery in the economy (an increase in paint purchases results in an increased amount of paint discarded).
This chart presents results over the last five years. While the number of cans processed decreased by 6.5% over 2018-19, the amount in 2019-20 remains higher than previous years. A combination of factors could contribute to this result: this was the fourth year for commercial paint roundups, enabling businesses to drop off unlimited amounts of eligible paint products for recycling plus an additional Recycler was approved in 2018-19.
Albertans are regularly polled to measure their support for the program and over the past five years,
commitment to paint recycling has remained strong.
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.
ARMA oversees end-of-life processing of tires, electronics, paint and used oil materials on behalf of the province. Since 1992, ARMA has worked with a broad spectrum of stakeholders to shape recycling policy, create a value-added processing system, minimize waste entering landfills and to act as collective stewards of Alberta’s environment.