May 27 - Alberta Considers E-scrap Expansion

Alberta is considering an expansion of its electronic recycling program, from six types of items to as many as 60. Alberta Recycling Management Authority recently conducted a poll of 800 Albertans, which found that 90 percent favored expanding the number of products covered.

Currently, only desktop and notebook computers, monitors, peripherals, printers and televisions are covered, although a wide range of items, such as kitchen appliances, microwaves, cell phones, and A/V equipment, could possibly be included in an expansion.

Future action will depend on cost, with nearly all those opposed to the idea citing advanced recovery fees as their biggest concern. Estimates on fees for newly covered electronics range from 50 cents ($Cn) to $5, depending on the item.