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Garbage & Recycling

Did you know?

The City of Edmonton diverts up to 60% of household waste from landfill through recycling and composting. The organic portion of your household waste is sorted out and composted.

Garbage Collection

Garbage Collection

Garbage and recycling is collected weekly on the same day of the week year-round.

Recycle

Recycling

Find out what items you can recycle in your blue bag, blue bin or at Recycling Depots.

Reuse

Reuse

Give stuff a second life. Residents are encouraged to reuse household items and reduce waste.

Eco Stations

Eco Stations

Bring your household hazardous waste such as leftover paint, oven cleaner and car batteries at no charge!

Edmonton Waste Management Centre

Waste Management Centre

The place to take your waste. Get rates, hours, and learn what happens to your waste.

What Goes Where?

Find out what goes into your garbage, what you can recycle, and what you can take to Eco Stations.

Garbage


These items do not belong in your blue bag or blue bin.
(This list does not include all possible garbage materials.)

Food waste

  • table scraps, spoiled food, peelings

Glass/ceramics

  • dishes, cups, or ceramic items
  • plate glass, mirrors

Metal

  • foil wrap, clothes hangers

Paper and cardboard

  • disposable diapers
  • dirty or greasy paper or cardboard
  • tissue paper, paper towels
  • pet food bags
  • shredded paper (or take to a Recycling Depot)
  • disposable coffee/drink cups

Plastic

  • styrofoam
  • chip bags, cellophane, food wrap, dirty plastic
  • bubble wrap, strapping, string
  • dishes and cutlery
  • toys, wading pools
  • garden hoses

Yard Waste

  • grass - or leave it on your lawn
  • leaves, brush, garden waste

Other

  • shoes, cassettes, cds, records
  • floor sweepings, sawdust, vacuum cleaner bags
    (double bag)
  • pet feces/kitty litter (double bag)
  • ashes (double bag)

Recycling


Include ONLY the items listed in your recycling.

Paper and cardboard

  • newsprint, flyers, envelopes
  • writing and computer paper (not shredded)
  • paper egg cartons, paper bags
  • magazines and paperbacks
  • phone books
  • cardboard boxes (flatten and remove liners)
  • milk cartons, juice boxes

Plastic*

  • household bottles and containers
    (vinegar, shampoo, detergent, pop/water, milk, yogurt, margarine, windshield washer, etc.)
  • grocery, retail, bread and dry cleaning bags
    (stuff into one bag and tie closed)
  • clear clam shell containers

Metal*

  • cans (food, beverage, soup)
  • aluminum cans, trays and pie plates
  • empty non-hazardous aerosol cans

Glass*

  • jars and bottles only

* Must be empty, clean and dry. Remove caps and lids and place in blue bag or bin. Labels are OK.

Eco Station


Take household hazardous waste and large items to an Eco Station.

Small appliances and scrap metal

  • anything with a battery or cord
    (computers, TVs, toasters, etc.)
  • BBQs, lawnmowers, tools, etc.

Automotive

  • all fluids (oil, antifreeze, gas, diesel) and empty containers
  • oil filters, tires, batteries and parts

Construction scrap

  • lumber, windows, shingles, insulation, drywall, concrete, etc.

Corrosive/poisonous cleaners

  • bleach, drain, toilet and oven cleaners, etc.

Large bulky items

  • mattresses, sofas, fridges, stoves, etc.

Lawn and garden

  • herbicides, pesticides, fertilizer

Lighting

  • all bulbs and fixtures, including fluorescents

Loose waste

  • soil, gravel, tree roots, stumps, etc.

Paint/stains

  • paint/stain (empty or full cans, including aerosols)
  • thinners, turpentine, varnishes

Other

  • aerosol cans (partially full)
  • batteries (any kind)
  • fire extinguishers, propane bottles or tanks
  • syringes (put in a plastic bottle)
  • glues



For more information:

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Email wasteman@edmonton.ca