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Utility Rate Changes for Multi-Unit Residents
As of September 2019, City Council has approved changes to ensure all residents pay the rate that matches the service they receive. For more information, see Utility Rate Changes.

The City of Edmonton provides a wide range of programs and services to the public including the delivery of Waste Management Utilities that serve the needs of citizens. The City-owned utilities provide vital services which play an integral part in the day-to-day lives of City of Edmonton residents.

While utility rates are not included in your property tax and are a separate monthly rate, they allow the city to provide the following waste services:

Monthly Rate Infographic

An infograph showing the monthly utility rate fee breakdown for the curbside collection

Waste Fees and Rates - 2020

Waste fees and rates as of January 1, 2020.

Monthly Waste Rates

Residential Curbside Collection:  $48.26

Residential Bin Collection: $31.37 

Residential Curbside Collection (Transition Rate)*: $34.74 
*Customer classes were redefined in August 2019 to levy the appropriate rate based on the type of service received. 

Reuse Centre Fees

Organizations and individuals can purchase items at the Reuse Centre for a nominal fee and may take as many items as they require.

Individual - $5 per purchase

Up to 25 kg
may purchase more than 25kg - the charge will be $5 for each up to 25kg amount.

Non-profit Organization - $50 annual membership

Membership includes 25 punches/year. May purchase more than 25kg - the charge will be one punch for each up to 25kg amount. 


Payment options

Cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Interac.

Accepting Donations

Don't live near the Reuse Centre? You can now drop off your Reuse Centre donations at any Eco Station, free of charge.

Eco Station Fees

Eco Stations are convenient waste drop-off facilities where you can bring electronics and household hazardous waste like paint, batteries and lights bulbs, and anything that does not belong in your garbage.

Payment options

Cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Interac.

Small items: $9 each

Chairs or comparable volume

Large items: $16 each

Mattress, box spring, sofa or comparable volume

Items requiring CFC removal: $16 each

Fridge, freezer, air conditioner

Loose waste or mixed load
Partial load​: $29 per load
Level half-tonne: $39 per load
Heaping half-tonne: $49 per load
Cube van: subject to viewing

Mixed brush, tree trimmings, garden waste, soil / gravel, lumber, concrete pieces, wood or vinyl siding, shingles, windows, fencing

Eco Station attendants have final say about the acceptability of items and the charges applied to each load. 

Eco Stations DO NOT accept

Commercial hazardous waste
Commercial biomedical waste
Radioactive waste
Pressurized gases

The following items should be taken to your community police station.

Please call 780-423-4567 first.

Free Drop-off

Motor oil, antifreeze, gas, diesel, oil filters, batteries and parts, tires (passenger car and truck, motorcycle and ATV tires only)

Corrosive/poisonous cleaners

Bleach, drain, toilet and oven cleaners

Electronics and appliances

Anything with a cord or a battery, computers/TVs (maximum 20 monitors per visit), lawnmowers, power tools, stoves, washing machines

Lawn and garden

Herbicides, pesticides, fertilizer


All light bulbs, fluorescent tubes and lighting fixtures
Commercial fee for light bulbs: $1 per tube and 50 cents per CFC


Empty or full cans (including aerosols) thinner, turpentine, varnish

Recyclables (clean)

Newspaper, metal cans, plastic bags

Reuse Centre Materials

Acceptable material only

Scrap Metal

BBQs, bicycles, rebar


Only tires managed under the Provincial Tire Recycling Program will be accepted from residential customers

Yard Waste

Grass, leaf and yard waste (loose or in paper bags) will be accepted for free from residential customers

Please note that sod, loads of mixed brush and tree trimmings, soil, etc. are subject to charges. See "Loose Waste or Mixed Load" for pricing information.


Batteries (all kinds), aerosol cans, propane tanks or bottles, fire extinguishers, syringes, glue

Edmonton Waste Management Centre Fees
Per Tonne

All waste at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre is charged based on weight. Vehicles are weighed in and payment is made on the outbound scale.

Payment options

Cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Interac.

Residential Waste: $69

$20 minimum charge

Non-residential Waste: $98

$40 minimum charge

Mattresses or Box Springs: $69

$20 minimum charge
Residential, segregated; $16 surcharge per item in addition to per tonne fee

Mattresses or Box Springs: $98

$40 minimum charge
Non-residential, segregated; $16 surcharge per item in addition to per tonne fee

Grass and Leaves: $39

$20 minimum charge

Soil: $69

$20 minimum charge
Clean, residential only, maximum 1 tonne
As of January 1, 2020 soil is being accepted as residential waste for landfill.

Electronics: No charge

Clean, segregated
*Residential and non-residential waste fees apply to items requiring CFC removal.

Metals: No charge

Clean, segregated

Charitable Organization Waste: $27

$20 minimum charge
For more information regarding approval please call 311

Special Handling: $131

$131 minimum charge
For more information please call 311

Tires: No charge

Managed under the Provincial Tire Recycling Program

Tires: $131

$131 minimum charge
Not managed under the Provincial Tire Recycling Program

Utility Rate Changes

As of September 2019, City Council has approved changes, including customer classification, to the Waste Services Bylaw (18590) to ensure all residences pay the rate that matches the service they receive. 9,000 residents will be affected by this change and will see a utility rate increase. If you are affected by this change, you will receive a letter in the mail to notify you. Please see the questions and answers below for more information.

Does this rate change apply to all multi-unit residents?

No. Only about 9,000 multi-unit residences will be subject to these rate changes at this time. These residences were identified by Waste Services as receiving service that does not align with the rate they pay. This rate adjustment will bring service and rate into alignment. However, more residences may see rate changes pending further assessments by Waste Services. Council and residents will be informed of these changes once assessment is complete.

Are these rate changes being used to fund the 25-year Waste Strategy?

No. The purpose of this rate increase is to bring the waste fee into alignment with the type of service received. Curbside/alley collection is more expensive than bin collection. The Waste Strategy will be funded by the annual Waste Services operating budget.

Why did my rate change? I haven’t moved or changed my waste disposal habits.

Previously, residents were charged a utility rate based on whether they lived in a single-unit home or a multi-unit home, regardless of the type of waste collection they actually received. This meant that some residents were not paying the appropriate rate for the type of service they received. Under the new customer classification, all residents will be charged a rate that matches the type of service they receive. 

I am planning to move in/out of a multi-unit building soon. What rate will I be paying?

Any multi-unit customers that move into an affected residence during the transition will immediately pay the rate equal to the service they receive at that building, even if they were previously on the transitional rate. They will not receive the five-year gradual rate increase.

Multi-unit customers that leave their building and move into a home receiving curbside/alley collection will pay the Residential Curbside Collection. Multi-unit customers that move to a building receiving bin collection will pay the Residential Bin Collection service rate.

Why does the rate for my household increase more than the average annual rate increase?

The assessed rate was previously determined by Bylaw 17555 and defined customers based on the number of residential units on a single tax parcel. For example, a single-unit residence on a single tax parcel was considered a Single-unit Customer. Multiple units on a single tax parcel were considered Multi-unit Customers. Each customer type, Single-unit and Multi-unit, were charged different monthly waste utility rates. This resulted in some customers being placed in the Multi-unit customer class and paying the corresponding lower rate even though they received the waste collection service associated with the Single-unit customer class. 

The new Bylaw 18590 defines customer class by service type as follows: 

  • Residential Curbside Collection: Customers who use bags or carts (typically single-unit homes or row houses); and 
  • Residential Bin Collection: Customers who use bins (typically condominiums or apartments).

Your residence was identified as a household that receives Residential Curbside Collection service, but pays the lower Residential Bin Collection service rate. This rate adjustment will align the rate with the cost of providing the service. 

For More Information


In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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