It’s official – Alberta is implementing a recycling stewardship program for waste electronics. Premier Ralph Klein announced yesterday that this program will soon be in place, further expanding on Alberta’s leadership and successes with other recycling programs.
Electronics, often containing toxic materials like mercury, lead and cadmium, need to be diverted from landfill to prevent leaching of these toxins into the ground and water. A recycling industry is already established in Alberta, and welcomes the program as a step in the right direction.
Environment Minister Lorne Taylor’s plan, which was approved by cabinet, includes the implementation of a recycling fee which will be charged on top of the price of new electronics. The plan will now have to be presented to caucus and the amounts of the recycling fees established.
The Recycling Council of Alberta (RCA) says it’s pleased with the announcement and looks forward to Alberta being the first Canadian province to introduce a stewardship program to recycle obsolete electronics.
Source: Recycling Council of Alberta