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1 Alberta Recycling Management Authority NAHMMA Hazardous Materials Management Conference Christine Della Costa September 22, 2005

2 Outline Framework for Alberta’s regulated stewardship programs Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA) Electronics, tires HHW

3 What’s the Problem? (Or … why are we doing this??) We need to: Reduce or divert the amount of material going to landfill Preserve non-renewable resources through effective recycling programs Remove hazardous materials from Alberta’s air, land, water

4 A Viable Recycling Solution … Needs: – Competitive forces – Adequate capacity and market – Service to all regions of province/state – Value-added products Solutions can be market-driven, or driven by government regulation. Either way, the consumer pays … the issue is effectiveness.

5 The Alberta Approach (For electronics, tires, used oil materials, beverage containers) Material designated under regulation – Level playing field; reliable funding for program Dedicated fund – Accountability and transparency – Separate fund for each material type “ Stakeholder” management – Affected parties make decisions; arms length from Government

6 Framework for Alberta’s Regulated Stewardship Programs Regulation under the Act – Designates the material: e.g., electronics, tires – Delegates authority to set and collect fees To a “Delegated Administrative Organization” (DAO) – Prescribes use of funds Recycling program, R&D, Communications, Marketing – Defines reporting and accountability requirements

7 What is a DAO? Not-for-profit organization under the Alberta Societies Act Three DAOs: tires & electronics; used oil materials; beverage containers Arms length from government, but accountable to the Minister of Environment Stakeholder governance – Board representation: municipal, environmental, technical, public, industry, government Full management, financial administration

8 Electronics Program: A Brief History 2002/03: Electronics industry develops a national program model – Focused on residential TVs and desktop computers – EPSC Provincial realities: – Jurisdiction/revenue allocation/accountability – Readiness to implement – Enforcement (e.g., who ensures revenue compliance) Desire to harmonize provincial programs as much as possible

9 Electronics Program: Brief History 2004: Alberta program emerges Input sought on proposed Alberta program – Ongoing discussions with industry; responded to industry’s priorities – Public stakeholder consultation: strong support in principle – Learned from Alberta’s voluntary computer recycling program Draft Program developed, with core directives from Government

10 Electronics Program: Brief History Core Directives from Government: CCME principles Level revenue playing field Reasonable access for all Albertans Build on municipal partnership, infrastructure Include commercial waste Open program for recyclers Fair access / Market competition Accountability

11 Electronics Program: Brief History Regulation passed in May 2004 – Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA) the managing DAO Phased Program Implementation: – Oct 2004 – Collection and Processing initiated Services established first, revenue second Processor qualification initiated – Feb 2005 – Fees initiated on applicable electronics Allowed industry more start-up time

12 ARMA Structure ARMA is run by a multi-stakeholder Board of Directors and is accountable to the Minister of Environment It has two divisions: 1. Tire Recycling Alberta 2. Electronics Recycling Alberta Each material (tires, electronics) has its own separate fund Each has an Industry Council, with each Council’s Chair being a voting member on the ARMA Board of Directors

13 Electronics Program Revenues: Fee structure implemented – Computer Equipment Laptops/electronic notebooks$ 5 Printers/Printer combos$ 8 Computers (incl. mouse, keyboard, cables, etc.)$10 Computer Monitors (CRT and LCD)$12 – Televisions 18” screen and under$15 19” – 29” screen$25 30” – 45” screen$30 46” and over$45

14 Electronics Program Fees can only be used for: – Collection, transportation and recycling of end-of-life electronics material – Public information and awareness – Research into better recycling technologies – Market development – Program administration

15 Electronics Program Revenues – Supplier registration and compliance 1600 suppliers registered Revenues ahead of projected budget Completeness of revenue is critical – Comprehensive compliance processes established

16 Electronics Program Collection network for Albertans – Municipal participation and infrastructure More than 100 designated collection sites to-date Landfills, transfer stations, eco-stations, recycling depots, round-ups Communications support – education/awareness Collection requirements and handling payment

17 Electronics Program Processing Four processors registered and operating – Are paid a per/tonne rate for processing, and for transportation (three transport “zones”) – Compete for municipal clients – End-of-life material only – no funding for reuse/resale of electronics equipment – Extensive environmental audit – first annual processor audit complete – April: deficiency correction process, downstream verification process

18 Electronics: Recycling Results Approximately 1800 tonnes of e-waste processed as of August 2005, which translates to: – 43,000 monitors – 39,000 computers – 23,000 printers – 18,000 televisions

19 Tire Program: History Tire program was created in 1992 No recycling industry at the time Fee: $4/per tire – Retail sales; no manufacturer involvement Solutions were investigated inc. tire derived fuel – with public rejection Early accepted solution was civil engineering applications inc. leachate layer for landfill cells

20 Tire Program: Current In Alberta: Three million tires are bought, discarded, and recycled per year 35 million tires recycled since 1992 – All tire stockpiles have been eliminated Recycled product in 140 community projects – paving stones, blocks, roofing tiles, crumb

21 Household Hazardous Waste ARMA has administered the HHW program (on behalf of AENV) for the last two years Program is currently a cost share arrangement between municipalities and AENV More than $1 million per/year to run the program Treats & safely disposes of over one million litres of HHW materials each year Majority of material collected is paint About 200 communities participated in 2004/05

22 Questions? ARMA Website:


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