Our Future Without Waste

Well, with reserved excitement, I’ve decided to start something I’ve been thinking to do for some time since taking the helm at ARMA in late 2019 – to share my thoughts on all things recycling in a more casual way in the digital world. This is the first edition of my blog.

My intention with this effort is to encourage conversation not even necessarily with me or ARMA, but within your organization and your community. If there is one thing that is resoundingly clear, it is that ARMA’s success in the recycling programs we have been administering for the province for the last 30 years is not only because of the infrastructure we provide to allow Albertans to do the right thing, but because Albertans have been and continue to choose to do the right thing.

Albertans clearly care about their environment and ARMA is here to help them succeed.

I don’t plan for my pieces to be long or to a set schedule, but to be reflective of what I’m watching or noticing myself in this space that often has me thinking about things in different ways or asking questions in my mind. And it is in this space of curiosity and question that often sparks ideas.

Our future without waste is a bright and promising one as there has never been a time before the present where we’re seeing social will in action to do the right thing when it comes to living the 5Rs – refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, recycle – but also a time where technology and innovation are demonstrating in tangible ways how a zero-waste future is now within reach while also being an economic engine.

And as we contemplate the next 30 years, it’s about harnessing the power of our past to create innovative solutions of the future.

Ed Gugenheimer
CEO of Alberta Recycling Management Authority

  • Mark Neaves
    Posted at 07:42h, 15 August Reply

    Please pressure the government to put a levy on Diesel exhaust fluid and windshield washer plastic jugs so we can take them to be recycled. I’m in the retail petroleum business and I can’t bring myself to take these to the landfill, when this plastic should be recycled.

    • ARMA
      Posted at 23:14h, 30 August Reply

      Hi Mark,

      Thank you for your commitment to the environment and desire to do all that you can to recycle.

      We are pleased to share that ARMA will be supporting the Government of Alberta this fall in a consultation process with stakeholders regarding the implications for expanding the Used Oil Materials Recycling Program to include:

      – DEF containers
      – glycol/antifreeze concentrate and pre-mix
      – glycol/antifreeze containers
      – brake fluid containers
      – aerosol containers for brake cleaner, automotive parts cleaner and lubricant
      – windshield washer containers
      – and increase the current maximum container size in the program from 30L to 50L

      So stay tuned and we look forward to sharing more information as the project unfolds in the coming months.

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