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, 2023 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.
The way we determine your waste utility rate changed in 2019, when the Waste Services Bylaw (18590) was updated.
Before 2019, your waste utility rate was based on your property type, either single-unit (house or duplex) or multi-unit (apartment or condo). Now, utility rates are based on the service you receive, either curbside collection or communal collection.
In 2020 and 2021, approximately 22,000 multi-unit properties began transitioning to the curbside collection rate. To help ease the change for residents, the rate shift will be adjusted over 5 years. The transition ends once parity with the curbside collection rate is reached.
2023 monthly transitional waste utility rates have been approved by City Council.
The monthly transitional waste utility rate for a large (240 L) garbage cart, effective January 1, 2023 is:
Are you paying the transitional rate? Please note that you will immediately move to the current curbside utility rate if you:
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.