The provincial government has approved a two-year $43 million expanded electronics recycling pilot project managed by the Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA). The pilot will collect 24,600 tonnes of recycled electronics throughout the province that were not previously accepted at Transfer Stations or Regional Landfills.

The High Prairie and District Regional Solid Waste Management Authority (HPDRSWMA) has partnered with ARMA to bring this pilot to all Transfer Stations and Regional Landfills in Big Lakes County, the Town of High Prairie, Gift Lake Metis Settlement, and East Prairie Metis Settlement at no additional cost to residents.

“Currently, municipalities do not receive compensation to manage electronics outside ARMA’s existing program,” said  Dennis Zahacy, Big Lakes County Waste & Facilities Manager. “Through this program, municipalities like Big Lakes County will receive funding for collecting the additional electronics included in the recycling expansion. On behalf of the HPDRSWMA we are pleased to partner with ARMA to offer this pilot to the residents of Big Lakes County.”

Through this pilot, residents can now recycle electronics, including audio visual equipment, telecom, cell phone and wireless devices, electronic gaming equipment, small home appliances, portable power tools, toys, musical instruments, and solar panels. With the data that ARMA will gather from this project, they will provide the Government of Alberta with critical information that will help them determine the best course of action to modernize the electronics recycling program for the long-term.

“On behalf of Big Lakes County, we would like to thank the Government of Alberta for approving this two-year expanded electronics recycling pilot project,” said Big Lakes County Reeve Richard Simard. “Not only will this program provide our residents with more options to dispose of unwanted electronics safely, but it will also help protect the environment by reducing the number of electronics that end up in landfills. We look forward to continuing to work with ARMA to provide better services for the residents of Big Lakes County.” 

Big Lakes County would like to remind residents to continue practicing physical distancing at our sites. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this pilot, please contact Dennis Zahacy, Big Lakes County Waste & Facilities Manager at 780-523-5955.


Small Appliances 

  • Clock
  • Fan
  • Hair dryer
  • Heater
  • Iron
  • Microwave
  • Residential Air Conditioner
  • Toaster
  • Shaver
  • Vacuum

Audio Visual

  • CD Player
  • Clock Radio
  • Digital Camera
  • DVD Player
  • Headphones
  • Satellite Dish
  • Satellite Radio
  • Speakers
  • Video Camera

Telecom Devices

  • Answering Machine
  • Cell Phone
  • Landline Phone
  • Modem and Router
  • Pager
  • Satellite Phone
  • Speakerphone

Power & Air Tools

  • Drill
  • Grinder
  • Miter Saw
  • Nail Gun
  • Residential Air Compressor
  • Sharpener
  • Shop Vacuum
  • Skillsaw
  • Table Saw

Games, Toys, & Music

  • Action Figure
  • Amplifier
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Ride-on Toy
  • Toy Robot
  • Toy Vehicle
  • Video Gaming Equipment

Victoria Zahacy, Communications Coordinator
[email protected]
(780) 523 5955

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