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Electronics recycling - Frequently asked questions

Electronics like televisions, computers and printers can be recycled in Calgary in an environmentally sound and safe way instead of being buried in the landfill.

For a list of acceptable items and drop-off locations, visit our Electronics Recycling homepage.

Why is electronics recycling important?

Elecronic waste or e-waste:

  • Is the fastest growing type of waste in North America.
  • Does not decompose in landfill sites.
  • Is a valuable resource - 300 per cent richer in precious metal than virgin ore.
  • Contains hazardous, yet highly recyclable material (an average computer contains as much as four pounds of lead).

The electronics processors participating in the Alberta Recycling Programs are held to stringent health, safety and environmental standards.

What can we do with electronics?

  • Reduce - Many reusable parts can be used to refurbish other equipment. When you buy refurbished equipment you are helping reduce what goes into the landfill.
  • Reuse - Many electronics still work even if they are outdated. They can either be sold or given away to benefit not-for-profit groups. Find options on the Alberta Recycling Hotline or contact Green Calgary for resources.
  • Recycle - All kinds of metals, glass and other materials from electronic waste can be recycled.

Elecrics are disassembled in Albeta and the recovered plastics, metals and glass are sold in marketplaces around the world.

Can I recycle electronics that still work?

The City's electronics recycling program is for end-of-life items that would otherwise end up in the landfill.

If you have electronics that still work, they can be donated or reused. Find options on the Alberta Recycling Hotline or contact Green Calgary for resources.

Please note: Make sure to remove all your personal information from computer hard drives and other storage media before donating for reuse.

Can businesses use the electronic recycling depots?

The electronics recycling programs are for residential use only. If you are a business, visit our partner electronics processors or the Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA) website

Please note that many of the processors have Calgary sites even if their head office is not located in the city.

What is the electronics environmental fee?

The Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA) manages Canada's first province-wide end-of-life electronics recycling program. Since Feb. 1, 2005, consumers have paid an environmental fee on new purchases of TVs, computers and related electronic equipment.

Municipalities across Alberta, including Calgary, receive a share of the fees collected to subsidize the cost of collecting, transporting and recycling designated electronics like TVs and computers.

These fees range from $5 to $45, and subsidize the collection, transportation and recycling of old and unusable equipment. For a list of rates and more information on this program, visit the Alberta Recycling Management Authority or call toll-free at 1-888-999-8762.

What is the environmental fee for new TVs?

Televisions, monitors and all-in-one computers (processing unit combined with a monitor):

  • Less than 30" screen size: $4.00
  • 30" screen size or larger: $10.00

What locations accept televisions over 30 inches?

The following Electronics Recycling locations accept TVs larger than 30 inches:

Where can I take electronics that are not listed under the electronics recycling programs?

If you have electronics that are not accepted in our current programs, contact the Alberta Recycling Hotline or Green Calgary for resources.

You can also visit our partner electronics processors for more options.

You may also want to check with the manufacturer to see if they have a recycling program in place.

Why can’t I put electronics in the blue cart for recycling?

The recycling facility is not set up to handle electronics. They can cause damage to the equipment and harm workers. Electronics need to be brought to an electronics recycling drop-off for proper handling and processing.

I still have questions about electronics recycling. Who can I contact?

For more information about Calgary's electronics recycling program, contact 311. For more information about Alberta's electronics recycling program, contact the Alberta Recycling Management Authority at 1-888-999-8762.