The Recycling Industry in Alberta: How You Can Help

Recycling services are in abundance in Alberta, but the number of consumers recycling versus producing waste is still not high enough. The diversion rates from landfills are still low, and despite programs being implemented, the province’s focus on new resources makes recycling the less attractive option.

How Consumers Can Help

Whether you are already recycling or you are ready to start, there are plenty of ways you can increase your household and company recycling potential. There are many products out there that can be recycled and some you may not even be aware of.

Just some of the products that you can recycle include:

  • Plastics
  • Cardboard
  • Aluminum
  • Stainless steel
  • Car batteries
  • Copper
  • Glass
  • Newspapers
  • Cast iron
  • Cars
  • Appliances

Why Recycle Scrap Metal?

When you think of recycling, how often do you consider scrap metal? Recycling scrap metal offers numerous benefits, including:

  • Improving Earth-Friendly Processes - By engaging in scrap metal recycling, less energy is used than what is required to extract and refine raw metals. Also, the environmental hazards associated with mining are reduced, including poisonous runoffs, groundwater contaminations, and hazardous gases.
  • Waste Reduction - The more scrap metal that is recycled, the less you add to local landfills. Since most recyclable metal products are bulky, continuing to recycle these components can reduce the need for more unsightly and space-consuming landfills near your home, work and local schools.
  • Improving the Economy - Recycling requires a lot of labour. By supporting scrap metal and other recycling services, you are creating more jobs, improving the economy.
  • You Get Paid - The biggest benefit to recycling scrap metal is the fact that you get paid for your scrap metal. When you bring your products in, you will receive a payment based on how much scrap metal your recycled products contain.
  • While the stewardship program continues to encourage more consumers to increase recycling, you can do your part. Take your scrap metal to local metal recyclers like General Recycling Industries, Ltd. And do your part to help increase the province’s waste diversion rates.Find out which products you can bring into General Recycling Industries, Ltd. Call us at 866-983-9999 with your questions or feel free to contact us online.