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Thank you Edmonton for 25 years of recycling

Since initiating a curbside recycling program in 1988, Edmonton
has become a global leader in effective urban waste management. 

Today, more than 90% of residents voluntarily participate through the City’s recycling programs.

What are Edmonton's recycling programs?

All Edmonton residents are encouraged to recycle through one of the following user-friendly programs:

  • The Blue Bag program provides recycling for single-family households and prevents contents from being blown about on windy days. Residents simply place unsorted recyclables into blue, see-through bags.
  • The Blue Bin program provides recycling directly to apartments and condos. Residents place clean, loose recyclables into a blue recycling bin located right on site. No sorting is required.
  • The 20 Recycling Depots located throughout the city offer convenient 24-hour access for all residents and small businesses.

What items should be recycled?

Paper, newspaper, boxes, tin cans, glass jars and bottles, plastic containers and bags are all acceptable items for any of our recycling programs. Visit ‘What can I recycle’ for a more detailed breakdown.

Please do not put shredded paper in your blue bag or bin. Take it to a Recycling Depot or put it in your garbage.

What items should NOT be recycled?

Certain items can jam machinery, damage equipment and increase the risk of staff injuries. Items that should not go into recycling include computer cables and extension cords, scrap metal, small appliances, garden hoses, VHS tapes and propane tanks.

These items should go to an Eco Station or the Edmonton Waste Management Centre.

What other recycling programs are offered by the City of Edmonton?

Where can I take items that I don’t need but can be used by others?

The City encourages residents to reuse—take unwanted items to where they can be used again, as long as they have a function or value. Visit a Reuse Centre, bring items to a Reuse Fair, or look up our Reuse and Recycle Directory to discover local charities that will take your unwanted household items and find someone who will put it to good use.

Why Recycle?

Recycling is good for the local economy and good for the environment. Learn why.

Did you know?

Edmontonians recycled 49,347 tonnes of material through the Blue Bag, Blue Bin and Community Recycling Depot programs in 2012.

For more information:


In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Email wasteman@edmonton.ca