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Waste Services is developing a new strategy to reduce the amount of waste produced in Edmonton and the amount of waste sent to landfill. 

Edmontonians' participation is essential to reach waste reduction and diversion goals, and to build a more sustainable and resilient future for all Edmontonians.

Input from the public and stakeholders is needed to help inform decisions about Edmonton's future waste system and determine which recommendations are brought forward for City Council approval. 

Public Engagement

Let's Talk Future of Waste

Fall 2018

We will seek input on residential program and service changes, and discuss how Waste Services can support waste reduction and diversion for the non-residential sector, such as business and industry. 

Want to provide input? Learn about engagement opportunities. 

Winter/Spring 2019

We will seek input and refine decisions based on input received in Fall 2018.

Want to provide input? Learn about engagement opportunities. 

April 2018 (Complete) - Grass and Yard Waste

We gathered input from residents, property managers and lawn and yard care companies about possible changes to residential grass and yard waste collection services. Thank you to those who have shared their feedback and perspectives with us. 

Final Report: The public What We Heard summary will be available August 2018. Results will be used to develop proposed future grass and yard waste collection service changes. Results from public input along with proposed service change details will be presented to the Utility Committee for discussion and consideration in August 2018. 

January 2018 (Completed) - Market Research

Waste Services conducted a phone survey and four focus groups to ask participants about their current waste habits, and their willingness to support future changes to residential waste programs and services, such as:

  • Separating food scraps from other types of garbage
  • Volume limits for garbage
  • Ceasing collection of grass clippings in the garbage
  • Moving to seasonal yard waste collection
  • Use of clear bags for garbage

Final Report: Phone survey - Topline report

We’re Still Listening

Do you still want to provide feedback about the proposed changes to grass and yard waste collection? Please complete this form.

Your personal information is collected under the authority of section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act and used for the purpose of providing feedback in the City of Edmonton's public engagement on grass and yard waste. This personal information will be protected in accordance with the privacy provisions of the FOIP Act. If you have any questions about the collection of this information, please contact
Although we won’t be replying to individual comments,  feedback submitted will be summarized by Waste Services to ensure that all residents’ perspectives have been captured.

Project Timeline

January 2018
Market research on potential changes to waste services

April 2018 
Grass and Yard Waste Public Engagement

September 2018 - March 2019 
Future Engagement

Pilot Project for Waste Collection

2020 and Beyond 
Begin Rollout of Future Changes



The City of Edmonton's Waste Services Branch is developing a new strategic plan, focusing on actions that will help the City divert more waste from landfill.

Council Decisions

March 2018
Several recommendations to help increase residential waste diversion were approved by Council, including:

  • Engaging Edmontonians on how grass, leaf and yard waste are collected
  • Introducing a source-separated organics program for kitchen scraps starting in fall 2020
  • Talking with Edmontonians about other waste program and service options
  • Reviewing our diversion rate calculations
  • Presenting options for a pilot project on source-separated organics
  • Presenting options for food waste reduction strategies
  • Updating waste policies

June 2018
Utility Committee approved two motions which may shape the new Waste Strategy:

  • Examination of single-use plastics policies and practices
  • Examination of Zero Waste policies and targets

For More Information


In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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