Your waste is collected in carts and bags at your curb or in your alley.
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The City of Edmonton provides waste services to all residents. To fund these services, residents pay a monthly utility rate on their EPCOR bill.
Monthly waste utility rates as of January 1, 2024 are:
Excess (360 L) garbage carts are limited to households that generate home health-care waste or have 7 or more people, and are participating in the Excess Garbage Cart Program.
Some residents in apartments and condos receive curbside collection. If you are one of these residents, your rate is transitioning from the communal rate to the curbside rate over a five-year period.
Reduce the cost of your monthly waste rate by requesting a small garbage cart!
Edmonton’s waste services are provided as a utility. They are funded entirely through your monthly utility rates, and no property taxes go toward these services.
This is different from many other cities, which partially fund their waste services through property taxes. Their residents pay for waste services through both a monthly utility rate and yearly property taxes.
Waste Services became a utility in 2009. As a utility, we’re able to share exactly how your monthly waste rate contributes to waste services. It also guarantees stable funding, which helps us plan for and maintain our waste collection, fleet and processing facilities.
Your monthly waste rate funds essential services, like your weekly collection, Eco Stations and other drop-off facilities, waste education, landfill management and more.
Since 2020, some residences have seen their waste rate transition from the lower apartment and condo (bin) collection rate to the curbside (cart) collection rate. There are 2 different reasons why your rate may transition:
Regardless of the reason, your waste rate will increase a small amount each year for 5 years, until the rate aligns with other customers receiving cart collection service. This gradual increase helps to make rates more manageable for impacted customers.
You will receive a letter before your new rate takes effect.
Please note: you will immediately move to the current curbside utility rate if you:
2024 monthly transitional waste utility rates have been approved by City Council.
Your transitional waste rate depends on the year your rate began to transition. Use the chart to find your 2024 waste utility rate.
|Year Your Waste Rate Began to Increase
|2024 Monthly Waste Utility Rate (Jan 1-Dec 31, 2024)
If you are transitioning from bin to cart service, your new rate will not take effect until you receive your carts, likely in mid-January.
Many homes in Edmonton have registered secondary suites, like garden, basement and garage suites. These are considered separate dwellings. Each dwelling on a property receives its own set of carts, and is charged its own monthly utility rate. The utility rate applies even if the secondary suite is not occupied.
If the separate dwellings on your property each produce a small amount of waste, you can apply for the Secondary Suites Cart Sharing program. This allows you to share one set of carts between two or more dwellings on the same property, and save on your monthly utility bill.