Alberta is the first province to introduce a comprehensive recycling initiative for fluorescent lamps and computers — which currently contribute an estimated 566 tonnes of toxic mercury and lead to landfills in the province each year. Launched in Edmonton on February 6, the initiative sets a public sector recycling rate of 75 per cent by 2002, and a 75 per cent private sector recycling rate by 2005. The initiative is a partnership of the Capital Region Waste Minimization Advisory Committee (representing 20 municipalities in the Edmonton region), Northern CARE (representive 60 municipalities in northern Alberta), the City of Calgary, Alberta Action on Waste (Alberta Environment), the Recycling Council of Alberta, and the Alberta Plastics Recycling Association. Problems associated with computer waste are more pronounced in alberta due to a higher than average ownership (63 per cent for home PCs and 54 per cent for work PCs).
Contact Lynn Bellamy, Action on Waste at 780-422-2009