Garbage & Recycling
Did you know?
The City of Edmonton diverts up to 60% of household waste from landfill through recycling and composting. The organic portion of your household waste is sorted out and composted.
Garbage and recycling is collected weekly on the same day of the week year-round.
Find out what items you can recycle in your blue bag, blue bin or at Recycling Depots.
Give stuff a second life. Residents are encouraged to reuse household items and reduce waste.
Bring us your electronics and household hazardous waste like paint, batteries and lights bulbs for free.
The place to take your waste. Get rates, hours, and learn what happens to your waste.
It's a tough job: these videos show the daily challenges faced by waste collectors.
What Goes Where?
Find out what goes into your garbage, what you can recycle, and what you can take to Eco Stations.
These items do not belong in your blue bag or blue bin.
(This list does not include all possible garbage materials.)
- table scraps, spoiled food, peelings
- dishes, cups, or ceramic items
- plate glass, mirrors
- foil wrap, clothes hangers
Paper and cardboard
- disposable diapers
- dirty or greasy paper or cardboard
- tissue paper, paper towels
- pet food bags
- shredded paper (or take to a Recycling Depot)
- disposable coffee/drink cups
- chip bags, cellophane, food wrap, dirty plastic
- bubble wrap, strapping, string
- dishes and cutlery
- toys, wading pools
- garden hoses
- grass - or leave it on your lawn
- leaves, brush, garden waste
- shoes, cassettes, cds, records
- floor sweepings, sawdust, vacuum cleaner bags
- pet feces/kitty litter (double bag)
- ashes (double bag)
Include ONLY the items listed in your recycling.
Paper and cardboard
- newsprint, flyers, envelopes
- writing and computer paper (not shredded)
- paper egg cartons, paper bags
- magazines and paperbacks
- phone books
- cardboard boxes (flatten and remove liners)
- milk cartons, juice boxes
- household bottles and containers
(vinegar, shampoo, detergent, pop/water, milk, yogurt, margarine, windshield washer, etc.)
- grocery, retail, bread and dry cleaning bags
(stuff into one bag and tie closed)
- clear clam shell containers
- cans (food, beverage, soup)
- aluminum cans, trays and pie plates
- empty non-hazardous aerosol cans
- jars and bottles only
* Must be empty, clean and dry. Remove caps and lids and place in blue bag or bin. Labels are OK.
Take household hazardous waste and large items to an Eco Station.
Small appliances and scrap metal
- anything with a battery or cord
(computers, TVs, toasters, etc.)
- BBQs, lawnmowers, tools, etc.
- all fluids (oil, antifreeze, gas, diesel) and empty containers
- oil filters, tires, batteries and parts
- lumber, windows, shingles, insulation, drywall, concrete, etc.
- bleach, drain, toilet and oven cleaners, etc.
Large bulky items
- mattresses, sofas, fridges, stoves, etc.
Lawn and garden
- herbicides, pesticides, fertilizer
- all bulbs and fixtures, including fluorescents
- soil, gravel, tree roots, stumps, etc.
- paint/stain (empty or full cans, including aerosols)
- thinners, turpentine, varnishes
- aerosol cans (partially full)
- batteries (any kind)
- fire extinguishers, propane bottles or tanks
- syringes (put in a plastic bottle)
For more information:
In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311