Repurposing Computers and Electronics

Beginning May 2021, LRWSC will be collecting computers and other items that can be repurposed/repaired by a local electronics recycler in Red Deer.  All repurposed electronics must have all personal information removed prior to bringing to any our our sites, but we also take further precautions by receiving from the recycler a certificate of destruction of all hard drives from discarded computers to ensure any personal information has been destroyed.  The repurposed electronics will be used to distribute to local low income families, students, and small businesses. 

Prior to this, electronics collected were destroyed and shredded to recycle various individual components such as plastics, and metals.   LRWSC takes protecting the publics personal information seriously, and has taken the steps necessary to achieve this while allowing certain electronics to be repurposed for those who maybe cannot afford purchasing new.  

DOW Canada Mattress Recycling Pilot Program

With the help of a $75,000 two year grant from Dow Canada, the Lacombe Regional Waste Services Commission (LRWSC) and Lacombe County launched a two year pilot program for mattress recycling beginning October 2020. The program will divert up to 3600 mattresses from the local landfill, allowing them to be recycled.

LRWSC has set up collection bins at all sites, and constructing a building (May 2021) at the Prentiss Landfill facility to house the mattresses. During the two pilot project, the mattresses are collected for free. They are shipped to a Calgary facility, where they are dismantled and recycled for a fee, covered for two years by the Dow Canada’s grant. Instead of decomposing for over 80 years in a landfill, the collected mattress materials are transformed into new materials for new products.

Foam - carpet underlay

Wood - landscaping and animal bedding

Metal - melted down

Felt - construction materials and moving blankets

Plastic and cardboard - new plastics and cardboard

During the two-year pilot project, LRWSC and Lacombe County will look for opportunities to partner with other organizations to ensure long-term financial arrangements are in place or develop a user-pay system for mattress recycling.

 

Since the inception of the program up to April 30, 2021, LRWSC has collected and transported 2000 mattresses for recycling into reusable products.  Both LRWSC and Lacombe County extend a huge THANK YOU to DOW Canada for funding this project! 

 

About Dow Canada

Dow Canada, a subsidiary of Dow, employs approximately 850 people in Canada. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Dow Canada has four manufacturing locations: Fort Saskatchewan and Prentiss (Lacombe County) in Alberta and West Hill (Toronto) and St. Clair River (Corunna) in Ontario. Dow Canada’s Eastern Canada Regional Sales Centre is located in downtown Toronto. Dow produces polyethylene in Alberta. The St Clair River site modifies polyethylene and polypropylene. Both polyethylene and polypropylene products are used to make a broad range of innovative and technology-based products and solutions in the packaging, industrial and infrastructure, and consumer care industries.  At the West Hill location, Dow manufactures water-based emulsions, which go into a variety of products, the biggest single application being latex paint. For more information, please visit www.dowcanada.com and follow us on Twitter @Dow_Canada.

Alberta Recycling Management Authority Pilot Program

Beginning September 1, 2020, the Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA) initiated its two-year expanded residential electronics pilot project.  Included in the pilot project will be audio visual equipment, telecom, cell phone and wireless devices, electronic gaming equipment, small home appliances, portable power tools, toys, musical instruments, and small solar panels.  There will be no charge to recycle these items for the duration of the pilot.  With the data that ARMA will gather from this project, they will be able to provide the government with critical information that will help to determine the best course of action to modernize the electronics recycling program for the long term.  Please visit https://armaepilot.com/ to learn more about the pilot project.

LRWSC asks that the public keep the expanded electronics recycling items separate from computers, laptops, printers, monitors, and TV's and follow the attendants instructions of where to place these items when bringing to the following sites:

Eckville Transfer Station

Bentley Transfer Station

Prentiss Transfer Station

Alix/Mirror Transfer Station

Please note that this project is for residentially used electronics only, commercial items will not be accepted.  Residential Air Conditioner units are only accepted at the Eckville and Prentiss sites and are subject to the current charges and procedures outlined under those sites.