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Garbage & Recycling

Christmas & New Year's Day Collection
(Thursday collection affected)

If your collection day falls on these statutory holidays, your waste will be collected on Monday December 22 and December 29.

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

Thursday collection for Dec 25 and Jan 1 will be moved to Monday Dec 22 and Dec 29.

Blue Bag Recycling

Blue Bag Recycling

Single-family homes, duplexes, fourplexes and some townhouses receive Blue Bag collection.

Collector Safety

It's a tough job: these videos show the daily challenges faced by waste collectors.

Waste-Less Holidays

Waste-Less Holidays

Let Dave Claus teach you how to recycle your holiday waste.

Eco Stations

Eco Stations

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

Recycling Depots

Recycling Depots

Community recycling depots are a convenient way to dispose of recyclables from your home or small business.

What Goes Where?

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


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


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


  • 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


  • 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


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


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


  • 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


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


  • 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.


  • 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


  • all bulbs and fixtures, including fluorescents

Loose waste

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


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


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

For more information:


In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Email wasteman@edmonton.ca