Alberta’s Recycling Hotline
The Recycling Council of Alberta in partnership with Alberta Environment and Parks operates Alberta’s Recycling Hotline. For more information on what you can recycle and where, visit:
A provincial stewardship program for beverage container recycling is managed by the Beverage Container Management Board.
More information - including a list of accepted and unaccepted program materials - can be found on the Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation website.
- Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation
- Beverage Container Management Board
- Beverage Container Recycling Regulation
Nearly 96% of materials in a cell phone are recyclable. The Recycle My Cell program has set up 315 free collection sites across the province to help Albertans conveniently dispose of unwanted devices in an environmentally responsible manner. To find a drop-off location near you visit:
In 2011, Alberta Environment (now Alberta Environment and Parks) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association to formalize the Recycle My Cell program in Alberta and to identify performance indicators to measure overall performance.
The Memorandum of Understanding has now concluded; however, the Recycle My Cell program continues to operate and provides Albertans with an opportunity to recycle their unwanted cell phones. The link below provides further details on the Memorandum of Understanding and results achieved.
Alberta's electronics recycling program is managed by the Alberta Recycling Management Authority. The program includes televisions, computers, and computer equipment (including printers, scanners, etc.).
Other electronic materials including, but not limited to, microwaves, blenders, VCRs, etc. are not currently part of the program. Municipalities may decide to recycle these items at their own cost/discretion.
Please check with your local municipality for more information on what electronic items are recyclable in your area. More information is available at:
Empty Pesticide Containers
A pilot program was established for empty pesticide containers in 1980 by the department in cooperation with municipal authorities. The program has grown since then and now has temporary and permanent collection sites throughout the province.
For more information, please see the section on Pesticide Container Collection at:
Paint and Paint Containers
Alberta Environment (now Alberta Environment and Parks) introduced a paint stewardship program in 2007. The program includes paint and paint containers from 100 mL to 23 litres and spray paint containers. More information is available at:
Alberta Environment and Parks encourages all Albertans to use re-useable shopping bags and to recycle your single-use plastic bags. Please check with your local municipality or retailer to see if plastic bags can be recycled in your community.
From 2009-2013 Canada’s major grocer, retail, and drugstore associations signed a voluntary Memorandum of Understanding with Alberta Environment (now Alberta Environment and Parks) to reduce plastic bag distribution in the province. The links below provide further details on the Memorandum of Understanding and results achieved.
- Alberta Plastic Bag Distribution Reduction Strategy - Annual Report for 2012-2013 (PDF, 493 KB)
- MOU for a Voluntary Strategy to Reduce Plastic Bag Distribution in Alberta
This provincial stewardship program includes passenger and truck tires and is run by the Alberta Recycling Management Authority.
Used Oil Materials
A provincial stewardship program to recycle used oil materials including used lubricating oil, oil filters and oil containers is managed by the Alberta Recycling Management Authority. More information is available at:
Information for Residents
Municipalities are responsible for providing waste and recycling services to its residents. For more information on what you can recycle, contact your municipality.
Information for Businesses and Municipalities
Alberta Environment and Parks has prepared a wide range of fact sheets and manuals for waste management, pollution prevention, conservation and other waste-related topics. See:
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