Recycling vs. the Landfill

National Salvage provides Southern Albertan’s the opportunity to ensure their old electronics are recycled rather than ending up in a landfill. We may be considered as a free drop off location for anyone with electronics.

What is E-Recycling?

E-Recycling is a popular is a popular term coined to describe discarded electronic products which are damaged or simply obsolete. While there is no clear definition for the types of items considered e-waste, it is most often used in regards to consumer T.V.’s, computers, printers etc., business office equipment and home appliances (e.g. toasters, microwaves etc.).

Visual Display Devices
Includes; devices with a television tuner or is a device that can operate both as a computer monitor and television; devices with built-in components necessary to operates a monitor. Where the computer (CPU) and visual display device are combined in one unit.

Computers (CPU) and servers
The device that is the central processing unit of the computer (rack mount, desktop or floor standing)

Laptops & Notebooks
Portable computers that includes the combination of both the CPU, monitor and keyboard all in one package.

Includes; desktop and floor standing printers, multi-function printers copiers, printer/fax copier combinations.

Keyboard, mouse, cables and /or speakers, tablets
A portable computer with an integrated touch screen display which can connect wirelessly, WiFi and or via cellular network for purposes of data exchange and transfer.


The impact we have made as Albertans

  • Alberta has the distinction of starting Canada’s first electronics recycling program, which began in October 2004.
  • Currently televisions, computer monitors, CPU’s, keyboards, cables, mice, speakers, laptops, notebook computers and printers are accepted for recycling a the collection sites
  • There are over 325 municipal collection sites in Alberta where items listed above can be dropped off for recycling.
  • Albertans have recycled over five million units of computer equipment and televisions since the program began (keeping hazardous materials such as lead, mercury or cadium found in circuit boards or cathode ray tubes out of the landfills). This includes more than 1.5 mission computers, 940,000 printers, 1.4 million monitors and 1.1 million televisions that have been diverted from landfills.
  • These missions of units have been dismantled into 99,100 metric tonnes of metal, plastic and glass that has been shipped into the marketplace for manufacturing into new products.


Why can’t I just throw my E-Recycling in the trash?

Like anything, proper disposal prevents damage to the environment. Mercury, lead, and other hazardous materials can leak from the landfills into the water supply and can accumulate at unsafe levels.