Environmental Protection Tips
General Recycling Industries Ltd. has made a firm commitment to educating businesses and individuals throughout Alberta about the benefits of metal recycling. We understand that as natural resources continue to be depleted, renewal and preservation of our global environment are critical for long-term sustainability.
Likewise, while we believe in the environmental stewardship mantra of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, encouraging everyone to recycle. However, in our world of changing regulations, some items are easier than others and as such, we offer these tips to you, our Edmonton neighbours.
Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP), provides a number of educational resources while working to achieve positive environmental outcomes and sustainable development of natural resources for Albertans.
The Alberta Recycling Management Authority (Alberta Recycling) is responsible for managing Alberta’s tire, electronics, and paint recycling programs. Originally established in 1992, Alberta Recycling reports to the Minister of Environment and Parks, and is run by a Board of Directors representing many stakeholder groups.
Recycling is good for the environment, keeping chemicals like mercury, lead, and flame retardants that leach into the ground and contaminate ground water out of landfills. By using recycled materials, instead of raw materials, we conserve land and reduce the need to use up precious natural resources. It generally takes less energy to make recycled products than new products, and many recycled goods can also be used to produce alternative fuels, further reducing the need to use natural resources. The recycling process creates jobs with Alberta’s recycling industry which employs hundreds of people throughout the province.
There are a number of active steps you can also take to improve the environment in Alberta in your own home and yard, here are a few:
- Plant a tree - trees absorb carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas;
- Mulch around your landscaping - a three-inch layer of mulch holds moisture and prevents evaporation, reducing the need to water;
- Never pour anything - especially waste oil or leftover lawn chemicals – into a storm drain. It will end up in the nearest stream. Save paints, pesticides, lawn chemicals, car batteries, waste oil and similar materials for your local household hazardous waste collection day;
- Park the car - walk, bike or use mass-transit whenever you can or if you must drive, keep your car tune-up as a properly maintained vehicles get better gas mileage and emit fewer pollutants; and,
- Give it away, don’t throw it away - many charitable organizations accept donations of wearable clothing and gently used household items.
At General Recycling Industries Ltd, our facilities are open from 8 AM until 5 PM on weekdays and from 8 AM to 1 PM on Saturdays. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call us at 780-452-5865 or toll free at 1-800-222-6595.