Calgarians can recycle old and unusable electronics, free of charge, at several drop-off locations in the city. These electronics contain chemicals and heavy metals that are potentially harmful to the environment if buried in the ground.
Some items that can be dropped off at no cost include TVs (all sizes), laptops, notebooks and tablets, desktop computers, printers, scanners and fax machines and computer monitors (some restrictions apply).
To dispose of other electronics items, visit the Electronics Recycling section of our online recycling search tool for a full list of suggestions.
Why is electronics recycling important?
- 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!).
What can we do with electronics?
- Reduce - Many reusable parts can be used to refurbish other equipment. Reduce what goes into the landfill and buy refurbished equipment.
- Reuse - Many electronics still work even if they are outdated. They can either be sold or even given away to benefit not-for-profit groups.
- Recycle - All kinds of metals, glass and other materials can be used from electronic waste for recycling.
Electronics for re-use
Often electronics we don't want are still useful to someone else.
The City's electronics recycling program is for end-of-life items that would otherwise end up in the landfill. In Calgary, there's a vibrant electronics reuse industry for computer electronics, TVs and more.
Reuse opportunities can also be found in the Yellow Pages under Recycling Centres and Services or Computer Dealers Used.
Please note: Make sure to remove all personal information from computer hard drives and other storage media before donating.
Electronics environmental fees
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.