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 and recycling is collected weekly on the same day of the week year-round.
Find out what items you can recycle in your blue bag, blue bin or at Recycling Depots.
Give stuff a second life. Residents are encouraged to reuse household items and reduce waste.
Bring us your electronics and household hazardous waste like paint, batteries and lights bulbs for free.
The place to take your waste. Get rates, hours, and learn what happens to your waste.
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What Goes Where?
Find out what goes into your garbage, what you can recycle, and what you can take to Eco Stations.
Take household hazardous waste and large items to an Eco Station.
Electronics and appliances
- anything with a battery or cord
(computers, TVs, toasters, etc.)
- BBQs, lawnmowers, power tools
- stoves, washing machines
- motor oil, antifreeze, gas, diesel
- oil filters, tires, batteries and parts
- bleach, drain, toilet and oven cleaners, etc.
Lawn and garden
- herbicides, pesticides, fertilizer
- all light bulbs, fluorescent tubes and lighting fixtures
- paint/stain (empty or full cans, including aerosols)
- thinner, turpentine, varnish
- aerosol cans
- batteries of all kinds
- fire extinguishers, propane bottles or tanks
- syringes (put in a thick plastic bottle like a detergent bottle)
Large bulky items
- lumber, windows, shingles, insulation, drywall, concrete, etc.
- mattresses, sofas
- appliances needing CFC removal
- soil, gravel, tree roots, stumps, etc.
These items do not belong in your blue bag or blue bin.
(This list does not include all possible garbage materials.)
- table scraps, spoiled food, peelings
- broken dishes, cups, or ceramic items
- plate glass, mirrors
- foil wrap, clothes hangers
Paper and cardboard
- disposable diapers
- soiled or dirty paper like tissue paper and paper towels
- pet food bags
- shredded paper
- disposable coffee/drink cups
- chip bags, candy wrappers, food wrap
- dirty plastic
- bubble wrap, string
- VHS tapes, CDs, records
- dishes and cutlery
- toys, wading pools
- garden hoses
- any plastics that aren't containers or plastic bags
- grass clippings - or leave them on your lawn as you mow
- garden waste, brush, weeds
- shoes, soiled worn-out clothing
- floor sweepings, sawdust, vacuum cleaner bags
- pet feces/kitty litter (double bag)
- ashes (double bag)
Include ONLY the items listed here in your recycling blue bag or bin.
Paper and cardboard
- newspaper and inserts
- magazines and catalogues
- letters, envelopes, greeting cards, brochures, paper bags, non-foil gift wrap
- writing and computer paper (not shredded)
- paper egg cartons, paperbacks
- cardboard boxes (flatten and remove packaging)
- pizza boxes
- any clean and dry container smaller than a basketball
(shampoo, detergent, margarine, yogurt, etc.)
- any plastic bag that is clean and dry (grocery bags, bread bags, dry cleaning bags)
- clean metal food cans
- clean aluminum trays and containersBeverage containers
- milk containers, juice boxes and cartons, beverage bottles and cans
- Beverage containers can also be returned to Bottle Depots for deposit refunds
- jars and bottles only
* All containers must be empty, clean and dry. Remove caps and lids and place in recycling blue bag or bin. Labels are OK.
For more information:
In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311