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Alberta Recycling P R O G R E S S R E P O R T 2016

WAY TO GO ALBERTA!

Message from the Honourable Shannon Phillips

LAST YEAR YOU RECYCLED ANOTHER…

Minister of Environment and Parks In 2016 Albertans continue to prove they are some of the best recyclers in the world. We have reached the tremendous milestone of recycling the equivalent of 100 million car tires since the first one was processed through Alberta’s tire recycling program over 20 years ago. The consistent effort displayed by Albertans in achieving this result shows their commitment to protecting the environment every day in every community.

760,000 TVs &

This accomplishment is shared with Municipalities, First Nations and Métis Settlements, as well as tire and vehicle dealers who have worked hard to ensure residents and businesses have convenient and efficient places to recycle their scrap tires.

COMPUTER PRODUCTS CO RODUCTS

2.61

MILLION LITRES OF

PAINT

Alberta’s tire recycling industry has played a key role in putting those 100 million tires to good use, creating jobs and making products such as playground surfacing, roofing shingles, sidewalk blocks, running tracks, and tire-derived aggregate for civil engineering applications. Examples of the products can be found in 500 Municipal Demonstration Grant Program projects throughout Alberta where the funding was used to help purchase recycled tire products for community parks, arenas, walking trails and a variety of other settings. Albertans are repeating this environmental success story through our electronics and paint recycling programs. To date, 7.7 million TVs and computer products and 17.6 million litres of paint have been recycled. Again, this has been made possible by Municipalities, First Nation and Métis communities who have established 363 electronics collection sites and 313 paint collection sites throughout the province, helping make it convenient for Albertans to recycle. On behalf of the Government of Alberta, thank you for making these programs something we can all be proud of. We look forward to seeing what you will achieve in 2017.

Keep up the good work Alberta!

538,000

CONNECTING WITH ALBERTA’S COMMUNITIES

SPRAY PAINT CANS ANNS

AND ANOTHER

Every year Alberta Recycling representatives, including summer student ambassadors, head out on the road to talk to Albertans involved in all aspects of the recycling programs. They travel across the province to chat with people at a variety of community events, or meet with municipalities and industry to share updates and experiences regarding the programs. Be sure to stop by the booth, or promotional tent, the next time they’re in your area. Call 1-888-999-8762, or visit albertarecycling.ca to find out where they’ll be in 2017!

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TIRES ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP  THE ALBERTA DIFFERENCE In most other provinces across Canada, industry is responsible for their recycling programs. In Alberta, we believe there is a greater advantage to be gained by engaging the expertise of a broader spectrum of stakeholders. For this reason, Alberta Recycling’s Board of Directors includes individuals from industry, environmental organizations, municipal waste management and the provincial government. This way, Alberta Recycling benefits from a wide range of experience, accountability and perspective, making sure you get the most from your recycling programs.

REMAINING ACCOUNTABLE TO ALBERTANS Alberta Recycling reports annually to the provincial government and Albertans. We place great importance on being accountable for the results of the electronics, paint and tire recycling programs, and how the environmental fees are managed. For more information on these programs visit albertarecycling.ca, or call 1-888-999-8762. The staff of Alberta Recycling look forward to hearing from you. The Promise of Responsible Environmental Stewardship 2015/16 Annual Report to the 2015-18 Business Plan

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COLLECTION SITE OF EXCELLENCE AWARDS The 2015 winners:

Hometown heroes Recycling programs in Alberta would not happen without the investment of municipalities, waste authorities, First Nations and Métis Settlements who work hard to ensure that Albertans have a place in their community to recycle electronics, paint and tires. They also make sure that recycling is as convenient and safe as possible and that when you get to the collection site you know exactly what to do.

Swan Hills Sanitary Landfill (small category) St. Michael Regional Landfill (medium category) Lethbridge Waste and Recycling Centre (large category)

Swan Hills Award: Alberta Recycling Chair Bob Barss (right) presenting to James Spellman, Public Works Supervisor, Town of Swan Hills.

For eight years, Alberta Recycling has recognized three sites (small, medium and large based on the population served) that have demonstrated excellence in the way they operate their collection sites while meeting all program requirements.

St. Michael Award: Chair Bob Barss presenting to Linda Davies, Manager, St. Michael Regional Solid Waste Commission and Councillor Frank Rosypal, Commission Chair.

Recycling depots ready to serve Albertans

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Lethbridge Award: Chair Bob Barss presenting to Steve Rozee, Waste and Recycling Specialist, City of Lethbridge.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS & MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS TIRES

Bob Barss, Alberta Recycling Board Chair (representing the public-at-large) Carolyn Kolebaba, Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties

INSIDE ALBERTA RECYCLING

Patrick Kane, Alberta Environment and Parks Cathy Heron, Alberta Urban Municipalities Association

Who we are

Our commitment

Alberta Recycling is a not-for-profit association responsible for managing Alberta’s tire, electronics and paint recycling programs, and is run by a Board of Directors representing various stakeholder groups.



Be accountable to the Minister of Environment and Parks, the Government of Alberta, Alberta Recycling members, Industry and Albertans;

Joe Kostler, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta



Ensure that, under the programs, all requirements for environmental, health and safety standards are met, and that all companies and activities so funded strive to exceed these requirements and operate as models of excellence in environmental, health and safety standards;

Jeff Dirks, Environmental Services Association of Alberta



Openly communicate Alberta Recycling policies, strategies and results;



Educate the public about, and encourage them to use, Alberta’s programs;

Lanny McInnes, Retail Council of Canada (representing the industry-at-large)



Fund research and development activities related to recycling or management of electronics, paint and tires.

Our vision A sustainable Alberta recycling solution for designated materials that is a model of excellence, environmentally and socially responsible, and economically viable.

Our mission To carry out our delegated mandate of managing revenues to achieve high environmental outcomes in respect of each designated material.

Leah Seabrook, Recycling Council of Alberta

Jeff Faber, Electronics Recycling Alberta Industry Council Chair Raymond Massey, Paint Recycling Alberta Industry Council Chair Brent Kennedy, Tire Recycling Alberta Industry Council Chair

This document presents highlights of Alberta Recycling’s 2016 Annual Report. For a complete copy of the Report contact Alberta Recycling. By phone Direct (780) 990-1111 Toll-free 1-888-999-8762

By fax Direct (780) 990-1122 Toll-Free 1-866-990-1122

By e-mail [email protected]

By mail PO Box 189 Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2J1

Administration Office 1800 Scotia Tower 1 10060 Jasper Avenue Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3R8 Open: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Electronics Recycling P R O G R E S S R E P O R T 2016

760,000 electronics recycled in 2016 Albertans recycled 760,000 TVs, computer products, fax machines, copiers and scanners in 2016. While this is about 85,000 less than the previous year due to a slumping economy, residents and businesses should be applauded for choosing to recycle instead of throwing their end-of-life electronics in the garbage. Alberta residents dropped off their electronics at one of the 363 collection sites (recycling depots) located throughout the province (such as the Eco Station in Edmonton, or the Newell Recycling Association depot in Brooks) and businesses contacted registered recyclers to pick their electronics up right from their buildings.

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These recyclers took the products to their processing facilities in Alberta where they were broken down and separated into precious metals, glass and plastic. This material was then shipped for manufacturing into new products. High school students went door-to-door in Edson picking up hard-to-get electronics from homes and businesses.

Great work Alberta!

KEEPING EVEN MORE ELECTRONICS OUT OF THE GARBAGE In the not-so-distant future, Alberta’s electronics recycling program could expand to include over 200 products – from kitchen appliances such as microwaves and toasters to items found in other parts of the home like vacuum cleaners, curling irons and even power tools. Albertans have done so well recycling computers and TVs, they are sure to embrace the expansion of the electronics program to keep more products out of the landfill.

Home Entertainment

Household Appliances

AN OVERVIEW OF RESULTS

Power Tools

Personal Electronics

Kitchen Appliances

7.7 million TVs and computer products recycled since 2004 1,000,000

Alberta started Canada’s first electronics recycling program in 2004. Since that time, 7.7 million TVs, computers and servers, printers, monitors, copiers and fax machines have been recycled. This chart shows the past 10 years of activity.

879,000

770,000

800,000 600,000 400,000

929,000

542,000

749,000

826,000

758,000

846,000 760,000

343,000

200,000 0 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

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HOW DID WE DO IN 2016? Alberta’s electronics recycling program has five goals to measure its performance. A complete listing of the goals and results can be found in the 2016 Annual Report at albertarecycling.ca

Are Albertans aware of the electronics program and do they support it?

Municipal electronics recycling depots serve Albertans Albertans can find their local electronics recycling depot, or special electronics event in their area, by visiting albertarecycling.ca

Each year, Albertans are polled to measure their awareness of, and support for, the electronics recycling program and the environmental fees charged on new TVs and computers. Results for last year remain strong regarding the program, however there was a drop in knowledge and support of the environmental fees. This could be due to the significant decrease in sales of electronics (i.e. fewer purchases could lead to lower awareness of fees). Of those polled, 88% indicated they know where to drop off their end-of-life computer equipment and TVs when they are ready to recycle them.

PUBLIC OPINION TRACKING RESEARCH Program Awareness Support

Hazardous substances kept out of the landfill The ability of Alberta’s registered recyclers to handle the hazardous materials found in electronic products is of the highest importance to the program. If not handled properly, lead, mercury and cadmium found in circuit boards, cathode ray tubes, lamps, bulbs and switches can do significant damage to the environment, and the health of Albertans. Each year, 14 substances of concern are measured to determine how much has been diverted from landfills. Since 2004, over 9,700 tonnes has been safely and properly handled through Alberta’s electronics recycling program.

Environmental Fees Awareness Support

2012 2013 2014 2015

81% 80% 72% 70%

93% 91% 91% 91%

57% 68% 62% 60%

64% 75% 55% 55%

2016

70%

89%

55%

53%

The recycling process is safe and secure Registered recyclers break down the electronics collected from all parts of the province, separating them into metal, glass and plastic. Data security is taken very seriously during this process and all hard drives, and any other storage media, are destroyed by the recycler. Certificates of Destruction are available from the recycler on request.

Recyclers must meet environmental and safety requirements

ENVIRONMENTAL FEES AT WORK Recycling Expenditures

The environmental fees Albertans pay when purchasing new electronics, which are amongst the lowest in Canada, help fund the cost to recycle them.

Environmental fees collected

A goal of the electronics program is to ensure the six registered recyclers operate in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. Annual third-party onsite audits evaluate each recycler’s conformity to the Electronics Recycling Program Requirements. Additionally, field staff from Alberta Recycling conduct regular inspections of the recycling facilities to ensure compliance with program requirements, particularly in relation to overall site conditions.

(collection and recycling of 760,000 electronics)

85% 12% Administration

3% Recycling Development

TVS, MONITORS & ALL-IN-ONE COMPUTERS Less than 30 inches 30 inches or larger

(managing the program) (research and development; program awareness)

Alberta Recycling works to ensure that businesses selling new televisions and computer products are registered with the electronics recycling program. As of 2016, 827 businesses are registered to charge and collect environmental fees on the sale of electronics products and submit the fees to Alberta Recycling. These companies are a part of the foundation of the program and the results Albertans have achieved in recycling 760,000 electronics would not have been possible without them.

$4.00 $10.00

COMPUTERS & SERVERS

$4.40

PRINTERS, PHOTOCOPIERS, SCANNERS, FAX MACHINES

$4.80

LAPTOP, NOTEBOOK & TABLET COMPUTERS

$1.20

* ‘Other’ includes batteries, toner and ink, wire and cables, and wood.

This document presents highlights of Alberta Recycling’s 2016 Annual Report. For a complete copy of the Report contact Alberta Recycling. By phone Direct (780) 990-1111 Toll-free 1-888-999-8762

By fax Direct (780) 990-1122 Toll-Free 1-866-990-1122

By e-mail [email protected]

By mail PO Box 189 Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2J1

Administration Office 1800 Scotia Tower 1 10060 Jasper Avenue Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3R8 Open: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Paint Recycling P R O G R E S S R E P O R T 2016

Albertans recycled 2.61 million litres of paint in 2016 The paint recycling program continues to play an important role for Albertans and Alberta businesses. This year, contractors and ‘do-it-yourselfers’ recycled 2.61 million litres of paint and thousands of paint cans. There was enough latex paint recycled to paint 15,000 homes and the oil-based paint was used as a fuel source in the energy recovery process. In 2016, Albertans recycled the most spray cans since the paint program began in 2008. These 538,000 containers, along with metal paint cans, were recycled into industrial metal products such as rebar. The plastic paint ‘buckets’ were shredded and sent to manufacturers to be made into new plastic products.

Great work Alberta!

MUNICIPAL PAINT RECYCLING DEPOTS SERVE ALBERTANS To give residents and b businesses siness as many opportunities as possible to recycle, Alberta’s Municipalities, First Nations and Métis Settlements have established 313 paint collection sites (recycling depots) – from Fort Chipewyan to Cardston and all points in between. And there’s good news for painting businesses and contractors – approximately half of these sites accept leftover paint. If you have paint or empty cans, visit albertarecycling.ca to find a recycling depot near you.

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“Thanks to the vision of the Chief and Council we have eliminated the landfill and constructed the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation Waste Transfer Station. By working with organizations including the Alberta Recycling Management Authority and the Edmonton Waste Management Centre of Excellence, we have brought awareness and strong participation in recycling paint, electronics, tires and other items to the members of the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation.” Albert Goodswimmer, Public Works Director, Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation

17.6 million litres of paint recycled since 2008

AN OVERVIEW OF RESULTS

2,500,000 2016 was a record year with 2.61 million litres of paint recycled in Alberta — the most since the start of the program. A number of municipalities have also set up ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ areas where residents can drop off or pick up paint for reuse. This chart shows the past eight years of activity.

2.11

2.19 2.51

2,000,000

2.16

2.17

1,500,000 1,000,000

1.53

500,000 0

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2.61

2.38

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

HOW DID WE DO IN 2016? Alberta’s paint recycling program has five goals to measure its performance. A complete listing of the goals and results can be found in the 2016 Annual Report at albertarecycling.ca

Are Albertans aware of the paint program and do they support it?

Recycling those spray cans

Alberta Recycling continues to poll Albertans annually on their awareness of, and support for, their paint recycling program and the associated recycling fees. Results from 2016 remained consistent with last year. Additionally, 40% of those polled said they have leftover paint or empty paint containers stored in their home because they feel this paint is still useful to them. When they’re ready to recycle it, however, 85% said they knew where to drop off their leftover paint and empty paint containers.

In 2016, Albertans recycled the largest number of spray paint cans in a single year (538,000) since the program started in 2008. Keep them coming Alberta!

PUBLIC OPINION TRACKING RESEARCH Program Awareness Support

3.2 million spray paint cans recycled since 2008 600,000 500,000

538,000

411,000

400,000

515,000

341,000

Environmental Fees Awareness Support

2012 2013 2014 2015

66% 51% 68% 68%

89% 90% 87% 89%

32% 42% 41% 46%

59% 66% 59% 59%

2016

71%

86%

46%

61%

421,000 300,000 200,000

362,000

365,000

Empty paint containers

259,000

Every year, the amount of metal paint cans and 23-litre paint buckets going into the landfill has decreased. Metal cans are recycled with other scrap metals, and plastic buckets are being recycling into building products.

100,000 0

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

The responsible handling of paint and containers

Made in Alberta

Last year, Alberta Recycling continued to ensure paint and paint containers were recycled in a way that protects the environment. In 2016, all 313 registered paint recycling depots were inspected by Alberta Recycling’s field staff to verify program requirements were met – especially regarding proper storage. Paint cannot be allowed to leak or spill on the ground and contaminate soil and groundwater. The paint recyclers registered with Alberta Recycling who pick up paint material from depots and businesses were also inspected quarterly to ensure compliance with program requirements.

Manufactured by Calibre Environmental in Calgary (recyclepaint.com), ecocoat is an interior/exterior recycled latex paint. It is processed from leftover latex paint collected from 313 paint recycling depots and contractors across Alberta.

ENVIRONMENTAL FEES AT WORK The environmental fees Albertans pay when purchasing new paint products help fund the cost to recycle them.

Environmental fees collected

WAS: Old paint buckets.

IS: Molded plastic lumber.

Recycling Expenditures

(collection and recycling of 2.61 million litres of paint and 538,000 spray paint cans)

90% 9% Administration

1% Recycling Development

(managing the program) (research and development; program awareness)

Alberta Recycling works to ensure that manufacturers and distributors of new paint products are registered with the paint recycling program. In 2016, 184 businesses were registered to charge and collect environmental fees on the sale of paint and paint containers and submit the fees to Alberta Recycling. These companies are a part of the foundation of the program and the results Albertans achieved in recycling 2.61 million litres of paint and 538,000 spray paint cans would not have been possible without them.

100 ml to 250 ml 251 ml to 1 L 1.01 L to 5 L 5.01 L to 23 L SPRAY PAINT CANS (any size)

$0.10 $0.25 $0.75 $2.00 $0.10

For a complete list of products, please visit albertarecycling.ca

This document presents highlights of Alberta Recycling’s 2016 Annual Report. For a complete copy of the Report contact Alberta Recycling. By phone Direct (780) 990-1111 Toll-free 1-888-999-8762

By fax Direct (780) 990-1122 Toll-Free 1-866-990-1122

By e-mail [email protected]

By mail PO Box 189 Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2J1

Administration Office 1800 Scotia Tower 1 10060 Jasper Avenue Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3R8 Open: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Tire Recycling P R O G R E S S R E P O R T 2016

WAY TO GO ALBERTA! Albertans have even more reasons to be proud this year as your tire recycling program reaches a monumental milestone – recycling the equivalent of 100 million car tires since 1992.

100,000,000 THAT’S LAID SIDE-BY-SIDE 80,000 TIRES COULD WRAP AROUND EARTH TWICE KILOMETRES!

WE’VE COME A LONG WAY ALBERTANS ARE GETTING GREAT MILEAGE FROM THEIR RECYCLING PROGRAM

It all started in 1992 and since then Albertans have become world champions at recycling tires. What started as a provincial program to create a sustainable solution for Alberta’s stockpiles of scrap tires has turned into a vibrant industry that not only protects the environment, it puts Albertans to work creating new recycled rubber products.

Camp He Ho Ha’s recycled tire playground looks as good today as it did when it was first installed over 10 years ago.

Commemorative “sitting stone” made from recycled tires. One of many to be installed around the province to celebrate the 100 million milestone with communities.

AN OVERVIEW OF RESULTS Since the beginning of the tire recycling program in 1992, Albertans have recycled the equivalent of 100 million car tires. This chart illustrates the past 10 years of activity. The spikes in 2008, 2009 and 2014 were due to projects to recycle backlogs of off-the-road tires.

The equivalent of 100 million car tires recycled since 1992 8,000,000

7.03 6.81 6.86

6.41 6.13

6.02

6,000,000

5.98 4,000,000

5.33 4.33

4.87

2,000,000 0

The bulk of the 100 million tires have been made into new recycled products such as playground surfacing, roofing shingles, sidewalk blocks and more. Every year a great many tires are recycled into tire-derived aggregate for use in leachate collection projects in municipal landfills. And over the years, 500 grant projects across Alberta have received funding to improve playgrounds, arenas, running tracks and walking trails using recycled rubber tire products.

The benefits of your tire recycling program continue to roll back into Alberta communities.

“Congratulations to Alberta’s tire recycling program on recycling 100 million tires. Our regional landfill and five transfer stations continue to benefit from collecting tires, including our Bassano site for which we received a Tire Marshalling Area Grant and eight of our landfill cells that have used tire-derived aggregate as drainage material. Together with our participation in the electronics and paint recycling programs it’s a great feeling knowing we’re keeping this valuable material out of our landfill.” Ray Juska, Manager, Newell Regional Solid Waste Management Association

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HOW DID WE DO IN 2016? Alberta’s tire recycling program has five goals to measure its performance. A complete listing of the goals and results can be found in the 2016 Annual Report at albertarecycling.ca

Strong demand for recycled-tire products in 2016 While there was a significant decline in sales of new tires (resulting in fewer scrap tires for recycling) there was a healthy market for recycled-tire products. 1.

The equivalent of two million car tires were turned into tire-derived aggregate. Five municipalities used this material as a drainage medium for leachate collection systems in their landfills.

2.

A new record for crumb production – the equivalent of 3.9 million car tires were recycled into a variety of products including playground surfacing, tiles, and roofing shingles. It was also used as loose fill in sports fields.

3.

Recyclers must meet environmental health and safety requirements of the program A goal of the tire program is to ensure all scrap tires are collected and processed by registered recyclers in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. This is measured by monthly inspections of the recyclers’ facilities, plus an environmental audit by external experts every three years, to confirm they are following the requirements of the program.

The newest recycled tire product, rubber mulch has grown in popularity since being introduced two years ago and the equivalent of 836,000 car tires have been recycled into mulch this year.

Are Albertans aware of the tire program and do they support it? Each year Albertans are polled to measure their awareness of, and support for, the tire recycling program and the environmental fees charged on the sale of new tires. Results remained strong in 2016 for one of Canada’s oldest provincial recycling programs.

PUBLIC OPINION TRACKING RESEARCH

ENVIRONMENTAL FEES AT WORK Result

The environmental fees Albertans pay when purchasing new tires help fund the cost to recycle them.

Environmental Fees Collected

Recycling Expenditures

(collection and recycling of 6.86 million tires)

Program Awareness Support

Environmental Fees Awareness Support

2012 2013 2014 2015

70% 68% 69% 62%

90% 89% 86% 90%

72% 75% 71% 66%

65% 73% 61% 60%

2016

72%

86%

70%

64%

83% 8% 9% Recycling Development Administration (research and development;

(managing the program)

program awareness)

Alberta Recycling works to ensure that businesses selling new tires are registered with the tire recycling program. As of 2016, 1,632 businesses were registered to charge and collect environmental fees on the sale of new tires and submit the fees to Alberta Recycling. These companies are a part of the foundation of the program and the results Albertans have achieved in recycling 6.86 million tires this year would not have been possible without them.

LICENSED HIGHWAY VEHICLE TIRES (Car, pickup truck, van, motorcycle, trailer)

$4/tire

SMALL COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL VEHICLE TIRES (Dirt bike, ATV, forklift, small loaders, skid-steers)

$4/tire

MEDIUM TRUCK TIRES (Semi-tractor and trailer, passenger bus)

$9/tire

OFF-THE-ROAD TIRES (Equipment used in construction, road building, forestry, mining etc.)

$40, $100, or $200/tire depending on rim size

This document presents highlights of Alberta Recycling’s 2016 Annual Report. For a complete copy of the Report contact Alberta Recycling. By phone Direct (780) 990-1111 Toll-free 1-888-999-8762

By fax Direct (780) 990-1122 Toll-Free 1-866-990-1122

By e-mail [email protected]

By mail PO Box 189 Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2J1

Administration Office 1800 Scotia Tower 1 10060 Jasper Avenue Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3R8 Open: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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