Waste Diversion And Recycling

Wherever possible, Alberta Infrastructure is working to implement recycling programs and to reduce waste. In fact, Alberta Infrastructure was one of the first organization’s to pilot the City of Edmonton’s Blue Bin Recycling Program for Commercial facilities. Here are some of the other initiatives Alberta Infrastructure is current engaged in:
  • Battery Recycling: batteries contain a number of hazardous materials that can expose the environment to adverse impacts if not disposed of properly. Since early 2009, Alberta Infrastructure has managed a battery recycling program for government tenants. Through this program, over 16,000 kg of batteries have been collected and recycled (that’s the size of 10 mid-size cars!).
  • Fluorescent Lamp and Mercury Recycling: The operation of government buildings requires hundreds of thousands of fluorescent light bulbs. These bulbs, while energy efficient, contain modest amounts of Mercury, a toxic substance that can have adverse effects on the environment if disposed of improperly. In addition, many components of a fluorescent lamp tube are recyclable. Since 2006, Alberta Infrastructure has responsibly disposed of and recycled approximately 350,000 fluorescent light bulbs – amounting to 50,000 kg of glass, 700 kg of metal, 800 kg of phosphor, and over 6 kg of Mercury.  Additional items recycled under this program include HID/UV/HPS bulbs, halogen and compact fluorescent bulbs, and thermometers.
  • Construction Waste: More than 90% of demolition rubble from the former post office located at the site of the new Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton was recycled and re-used during construction.
    • Site rubble has been used in road construction projects like the Anthony Henday Ring Road.