This chart displays results of paint recycling over the last three years. 2020-21 shows an increase of 10% over the prior year. Sales were very strong under COVID-19 conditions with Albertans completing home projects. This resulted in increased volumes of leftover paint brought in for recycling sold.
Chart note: Capture rate measures the amount processed as a percent of the estimated amount leftover.
Metal paint cans and plastic pails are an equally important part of the paint recycling program as the environmental fees paid at the time of purchase help fund the collection and recycling of these materials.
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.
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