Epilot Program Battery Recycling

Battery Recycling

Please note that as of May 1, 2022, the ePilot program has expanded to include all household batteries from electronics and ePilot materials. The ePilot program includes over 500 items with a power cord and/or battery.  The ePilot program had previously accepted only loose power tool batteries as they were easily identifiable as an ePilot product.

As of May 1, 2022, LRWSC, at no charge, will accept all loose household single use and rechargeable batteries. These loose batteries will be included in the ePilot collection program.

What is a Household battery?

All consumer single use or rechargeable batteries weighing less than 5 kg each can be recycled.

Single use (non-rechargeable) batteries - includes lithium primary batteries and alkaline/single-use household batteries. These batteries are commonly found in watches, car remotes, TV remote controls, and calculators.

Rechargeable batteries include Nickel cadmium batteries, Small sealed lead acid batteries, Nickel zinc batteries, Nickel metal hydride batteries, Lithium ion / lithium polymer batteries, commonly found in cellphones, digital cameras, laptop computers, cordless power tools, toy ride-on vehicles and other household appliances.

For more details on battery types please see the Call2Recycle https://www.call2recycle.ca/batteries/

Safely store, sort, and ship

If not handled properly, batteries can be a fire hazard.

Some best practice suggestions are:

• Taping over the ends (positive and negative terminals) of each individual lithium battery and button style batteries.

• Separate your taped lithium batteries by putting inside a Ziploc bag and sealing shut.

• Taping off the ends of your lithium and button batteries will ensure that they cannot touch each other to prevent a fire from occurring.

What happens to recycled batteries? According to Call2Recycle, when batteries are recycled at various processors, valuable metals can be recovered and used into new products such as silverware, pots and pans, new batteries, and even golf clubs.

LRWSC accepts ePilot program materials at the following sites:

Eckville Transfer Station

Bentley Transfer Station

Alix/Mirror Transfer Station

Prentiss Transfer Station

Please inform the site attendant that you have ePilot program batteries for correct placement of materials at each site.

For more information, call Prentiss Transfer Station (403) 782-8970.

 

 

 

Plastics Recycling

LRWSC will be offering specific plastic recycling at all five of our sites.  The materials that can be recycled are the #1 (PET), #2 (HDPE), and #5 (PP) plastics.  There will be a separate bin set up to collect these items that will go to a local processor for recycling.

 

Accepted Plastics: #1(PET), #2(HDPE), and #5(PP)

Other plastics such as #3(PVC), #4(LDPE), #6(PS), or #7(other) are not accepted as these items can either ruin recycling processes or create toxic fumes when processed!

 

Examples of Accepted Plastics:

                                                           

Water/juice bottles       

Milk Jugs

Plastic Pails

Plastic fruit/veggie containers

Food Containers (yogurt, ect)

Sauce/spread bottles (ketchup, mayo, peanut butter, etc)

 

Vinegar jugs

Antifreeze jugs

Shampoo bottles

Detergent jugs

Household item containers (ice melt, clean oil jugs, etc)

Plastic cleaner packaging

Plastic storage totes

Pudding cups (PP only)

Clean chemical containers

Plastic screw/nail containers

 

Anything with symbols #1, #2, or #5

 

 

                         

 

Please Remember:

Remove all lids            Ensure containers have correct symbols                   Do not bag items

Keep items separated             Do not squish items together                         No soft plastics

 

If you can’t find the correct symbol on the package (#1, #2, #5), please don’t put it in the recycle bin.

Changes to the Agricultural Container Recycling Program

 

In January 2022 it was announced that the <23L Agricultural pesticide and fertilizer container recycling program will transition from a municipal-based collection model to a retail-based collection model across the province of Alberta over the next three years.

Lacombe Regional Waste Services Commission currently has three sites that accept the <23L containers (Eckville, Alix/Mirror, and Prentiss).  All three of LRWSC sites will discontinue accepting these containers as of December 31, 2024.

Retailers will transition to accepting these containers for recycling by December 31, 2024.

Effective immediately and up to December 31, 2024, LRWSC is asking that all containers brought to our sites must be triple rinsed, labels removed, and bagged.  Bags are available from your retailer, and LRWSC sites that accept the containers.

 

For further info contact your agricultural chemical retailer or LRWSC @ (403)782-8970.

Recycling Award

LRWSC Places Top Ten in the Province

 

On September 1, 2020, the Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA) initiated a two-year expanded residential electronics pilot project. 

The pilot project included collection of items like 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 was no charge to the collectors to recycle these items for the duration of the pilot.  The data that ARMA will gather from this project, will enable them 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. 

For a 16-month period from September 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021 ARMA tallied the total amount of pilot program material brought in from each registered collector within the province and held a contest to see which collector could gather the most pilot program material on a per capita basis.  

Lacombe Regional Waste Services Commission registered four of its sites as collectors for the expanded electronics program, and at the conclusion of the 16-month period, LRWSC finished in the top 10 collectors in the province.  The successful top ten finish for LRWSC in this program is a result of the residents of Lacombe County separating recyclable electronics from their waste, taking the time to bring the items to one of our sites, and following instructions on where to place the items for recycling. 

Congratulations to the people of Lacombe County for being a top ten electronics recycler in the Province of Alberta!

 

Pictured left to right are LRWSC employees Jeff Armishaw, Rod Clarke, and Mitch Frew

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 Residential 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 from Lacombe County residents. 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 the end of 2021, LRWSC has collected and transported 3000 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.