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Find out what goes into your garbage, what you can recycle, and what you can take to Eco Stations.

Eco Station

Take household hazardous waste and large items to an Eco Station.

No Charge

Electronics and appliances

  • anything with a battery or cord
    (computers, TVs, toasters)
  • BBQs, lawnmowers, power tools
  • stoves, washing machines

Automotive

  • motor oil, antifreeze, gas, diesel
  • oil filters, tires, batteries and parts

Corrosive/poisonous cleaners

  • bleach, drain, toilet and oven cleaners

Lawn and garden

  • herbicides, pesticides, fertilizer

Lighting

  • all light bulbs, fluorescent tubes and lighting fixtures

Paint/stains

  • paint/stain (empty or full cans, including aerosols)
  • thinner, turpentine, varnish

Other

  • aerosol cans
  • batteries of all kinds
  • fire extinguishers, propane bottles or tanks
  • syringes (put in a thick plastic bottle like a detergent bottle)
  • glues

Charges Apply

Construction scrap

  • lumber, windows, shingles, insulation, drywall, concrete

Large bulky items

  • mattresses, sofas
  • appliances needing CFC removal

Yard waste

  • soil, gravel
  • tree branches,¬†roots, stumps

Garbage

These items do not belong in your blue bag or blue bin.
(This list does not include all possible garbage materials.)

Food waste

  • table scraps, spoiled food, peelings

Glass/ceramics

  • broken dishes, cups, or ceramic items
  • plate glass, mirrors

Metal

  • foil wrap, clothes hangers

Paper and cardboard

  • disposable diapers
  • soiled or dirty paper like tissue paper and paper towels
  • pet food bags
  • shredded paper
  • disposable coffee/drink cups

Plastic

  • styrofoam
  • chip bags, candy wrappers, food wrap
  • dirty plastic
  • bubble wrap, string
  • VHS tapes, CDs, records
  • dishes and cutlery
  • toys, wading pools
  • garden hoses
  • any plastics that aren't containers or plastic bags

Yard Waste

  • grass clippings - or leave them on your lawn as you mow
  • garden waste, brush, weeds

Other

  • shoes, soiled worn-out clothing
  • floor sweepings, sawdust, vacuum cleaner bags
    (double bag)
  • pet feces/kitty litter (double bag)
  • ashes (double bag)

Recycling

Include ONLY the items listed here in your recycling blue bag or bin.

Paper and cardboard

  • newspaper and inserts
  • magazines and catalogues
  • letters, envelopes, greeting cards, brochures, paper bags, non-foil gift wrap
  • writing and computer paper (not shredded)
  • paper egg cartons, paperbacks
  • cardboard boxes (flatten and remove packaging)
  • pizza boxes

Plastic*

  • any clean and dry container smaller than a basketball
    (shampoo, detergent, margarine, yogurt, etc.)
  • any plastic bag that is clean and dry (grocery bags, bread bags, dry cleaning bags)

Metal*

  • clean metal food cans
  • clean aluminum trays and containers
Beverage containers
  • milk containers, juice boxes and cartons, beverage bottles and cans
  • Beverage containers can also be returned to Bottle Depots for deposit refunds

Glass*

  • jars and bottles only

* All containers must be empty, clean and dry. Remove caps and lids and place in recycling blue bag or bin. Labels are OK.

For More Information

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Email wasteman@edmonton.ca