Blue Bin Recycling
Do you know what can be recycled?
Know before you throw. Check out our Recycling, Garbage or Eco Station? guide to know what to do with your waste.
What to know about things that don't go
Recycling the wrong stuff wastes time and money, because it jams machinery, damages equipment and increases the risk of worker injury.
Keep these items out of your blue bag or apartment's blue bin:
- Computer cables and extension cords
- Scrap metal
- Small appliances
- Garden hoses
What is the Blue Bin recycling program?
Apartment and condominium residents can have recycling collection brought right to their door! With a handy Blue Bin recycling dumpster it's easier than ever for multi-family residents to recycle.
Who is eligible for Blue Bin recycling?
All apartments, condos and townhouses that are not part of the Blue Bag program.
How does it work?
There is no extra charge for the program. Interested property managers or condo boards can call the Waste Management Services Customer Support Centre at 496-5698 to arrange for the service. When the logistical details are worked out, such as where to put the bin, the blue bin will be placed on site and everyone can start recycling. As buildings sign on, the City will deliver information and promotional materials to residents. Property managers will also receive instructional posters for common areas.
What can I recycle in the Blue Bin?
Please don't recycle anything that isn't listed. Unwanted materials increase costs and can put the health of workers at risk.
Paper - all types including:
- Newspaper and inserts, magazines, catalogues
- White writing and computer paper
- Christmas cards, non-foil gift wrap
- Junk mail, paper bags, envelopes, paper egg cartons, paperback and hard cover books (remove hard cover), phone books
*Shredded paper is only accepted in the low grade paper bin at the community recycling depots.
- Flattened corrugated cardboard boxes
- Flattened cereal and food boxes (remove and discard liner)
- Juice boxes
- Milk cartons (rinse with cold water and flatten)
- Flattened shoe boxes and brown paper bags
Metals (no loose lids, trap inside can or discard)
- Clean tin cans (soup, juice etc. )
- Aluminum containers (pie plates)
- Aluminum cans (beverages)
- Empty non-hazardous aerosol cans
Glass (empty and clean; discard lids, you do not have to remove labels)
- Jars (e. g. , pickle, jam)
- Bottles (e. g. , all beverages, ketchup)
Note: Jars and bottles only. No ceramics, plate glass or mirror.
Plastics (discard caps and lids; empty and rinse)
- Household cleaner bottles
- Shampoo and conditioner bottles (including similar personal care products)
- Vinegar bottles
- Plastic bags (all types including bread and dry cleaner bags)
- Pop and beverage bottles
- Milk jugs
- Detergent or fabric softener bottles
- Margarine and yogurt containers
- Ice cream pails (remove metal handle)
- Vitamin bottles
- Windshield washer containers
Is sorting required?
Edmonton's recycling system is very user-friendly. No sorting is required by residents. That is done at the City's Materials Recovery Facility.
For more information:
In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311