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Municipalities and Indigenous communities play an important role in enabling and supporting recycling programs across Alberta. The electronics recycling pilot project will enable Albertans to continue to be good environmental stewards and is responsive to ongoing requests to effectively recycle more products. Municipalities and Indigenous communities look forward to playing a continued role in this pilot project and the long-term objective to permanently expand our electronics recycle program.

 

Al Kemmere

President, Rural Municipalities of Alberta

 FAQ

 for Collection Sites

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When does the pilot start?

The pilot launches on September 1, 2020.

What is the list of products included in the Pilot Project?

The following five categories will be included in the pilot and under each category are some examples of the products that will be accepted:

 

Small Appliances
Clock, Fan, Hair dryer, Heater, Iron, Microwave, Toaster, Shaver, Vacuum, Residential Air Conditioner (Devices with freon not accepted)

 

Audio Visual
CD Player, Clock Radio, Digital Camera, DVD Player, Headphones, Satellite Dish, Satellite Radio, Speakers, Video Camera

 

Telecom
Answering Machine, Cell Phone, Landline Phone, Modem and Router, Pager, Satellite Phone, Speakerphone

 

Power and Air Tools
Drill, Grinder, Miter Saw, Nail Gun, Residential Air Compressor, Sharpener, Shop Vacuum, Skillsaw, Table Saw

 

Games, Toys and Music
Action Figure, Amplifier, Guitar, Keyboard, Microphone, Ride-on Toy, Toy Robot, Toy Vehicle, Video Gaming, Equipment

Can we start collecting these additional items now?

 Yes, ARMA encourages registered municipal and Indigenous collection sites who have the capacity to stockpile these additional items, to do so.

What if we join the Pilot and then change our mind about participating?

This is a voluntary program therefore you are free to drop out at any time. We will be inviting your feedback regarding your decision so that we can continuously work towards improving the program.

Can a municipality or Indigenous community join the pilot project at any time during the pilot?

As long you are currently registered with ARMA to collect electronics, you can sign up to participate in the pilot at any time.

Should I be calling my processor now to get extra containers for the expansion material?

If you plan to collect expansion material prior to the start of the pilot, feel free to consult with your processor to address this additional material. If you do not plan to start collecting until the Pilot begins, your processor will be in touch with you as the project unfolds to plan for your needs.

What if we don’t have enough room to store the expanded material in advance of the startup?

You are not required to start accepting expansion material prior to the start of the pilot.

Do we need to separate the expansion material from the program material?

Yes, you are required to keep expansion material separate from program material and you are also required to continue counting program material.

Will we have to count everything that comes in for the pilot?

You will not be required to count the expansion material that comes in however you will still be required to count the program material that comes in.

 

Prior to the start of the Pilot, we will be providing detailed information to all collection sites (and processors) regarding the process for collection of pilot material including the reporting requirements.

What kind of paperwork will be required during the Pilot Project?

Prior to the start of the Pilot, we will be providing detailed information to all collection sites including the Collection Site Funding Request forms that will function in a similar fashion to the forms you currently use for program material.

How much will we be paid for participating in the Pilot?

Municipal and Indigenous Collection Sites will be fully compensated for the Pilot Project materials received. We will be sharing the specifics with you once we complete our planning phase.

Can expanded electronics be included in the Roundup Grant Program?

Yes, as of September 1, 2020, municipalities and Indigenous communities can accept expanded electronics products as part of the Roundup Grant Program. The updated grant application will be found here. Updated promotional material reflecting expanded electronics will also be made available to approved applicants.

Are businesses able to participate in this pilot project?

No, this pilot is strictly for electronic devices generated from the residential sector. ARMA will collect data and compile research and analysis of recycling processes, the associated costs, and anticipated demand/use levels for a variety of electronic waste goods. The project and data will help inform government the best course forward to advance the electronics recycling program in Alberta.

Can we still have a ‘take it or leave it’ option at our site?

Your take-it-or-leave-it area is separate from ARMA’s programs therefore you can continue to run it.

Who do we call if we aren’t getting service from our processor?

You are free to call any of our registered processors if you are not happy with the service of the one you are using.

 

The list can be found by CLICKING HERE.

 

We would ask however, that you let us know why you have chosen to go with a different processor so that we can address your issues with the one you are currently using. Please email your feedback to us at info@albertarecycling.ca.

Is there any issue of cross-subsidization regarding the funds from the electronics recycling program being used to support this pilot project?

No, by virtue of the definition of Electronics in the Electronics Designation Regulation, the Electronics Fund can be used for “all electrical and electronics equipment or devices.” There is no legislated or regulatory restriction that it must relate to a certain class of electronics or a certain period of time.

What do I need to do now?

ARMA’s Operations Team have been reaching out to all registered collectors to offer a virtual and/or in-person information session on the pilot project. To date we have completed presentations to 70% of registered sites. If for some reason we have not been able to reach you, please email us at epilot@albertarecycling.ca

 

Research and Data Collection will include the following:

Collection of electronic products that meet the established initial parameters.

Data collection to evaluate the number of electronic products collected and the associated diversion rates.

Field monitoring to assess the operations in terms of resourcing and material handling.

Assessment of local and national downstream recycling market capacity and constraints.

Pilot Development Schedule

 

ActivityStart DateTentative End Date
PlanningMay 2020August 2020
Stakeholder Engagement and CommunicationsMay 2020September 2022
Pilot StartupSeptember 2020September 2022
Research and Data CollectionSeptember 2020September 2022
Pilot Project AnalysisSeptember 2022November 2022

If any questions were not addressed above,
please email epilot@albertarecycling.ca
and we will be pleased to help.

RESOURCE TOOLKIT

We are providing municipalities with a collateral toolkit to help expand the good news! Various sized posters, digital ads and social media posts are available for use. For questions on how and where to use these items, please contact your marketing team or epilot@albertarecycling.ca

DOWNLOAD THE MARKETING TOOLKIT

More Details Provided Within the Toolkit
Toolkit updated September 9, 2020.
Please delete Version 1 and replace with Version 2.

DIGITAL
ADS

Big Box 300×250
Leaderboard 728×90
Skyscraper 300×600

PRINTABLE
COLLATERAL

Poster 11″x17″
Poster 8.5″x11″
Flyer Half-Page 5.5″x8.5″
Flyers 2-up on 8.5″ x 11″
Postcard 7″w x 5″

SOCIAL
POSTS

Static JPG (Square/Horizontal)
Animated GIF (Robot)