To minimize the environmental impact of daily living, the City has committed to sustainable waste management practices. Edmonton has a goal of 90% waste diversion from landfill. In September 2019, City Council approved a 25-year Waste Strategy that will help us reach this goal.

We’re bringing Edmonton into alignment with internationally-recognized best practices by putting more emphasis on the entire waste management hierarchy, with prevention of waste as the best option.

Here are some waste reduction tips from the Change Habits For Climate Guide:

  • Go bagless when mowing your lawn. Remove the bag from your lawn mower and leave the clippings on the lawn.
  • Reduce and avoid waste. See the chapter on Sustainable Purchasing.
  • Reuse
    • Bring your own reusable bags and cup
    • Check out the Reuse Directory to find an organization that will accept your unwanted items
    • Bring your small items (such as wrapping paper and school supplies) to the Reuse Centre where they will be made available to organizations and individuals for reuse
  • Recycle right! Learn what items can be recycled by using the WasteWise app
  • Compost at home. The City has lots of resources to help you get started.
  • Use an Eco Station to dispose of household hazardous waste, electrical items and big bulky items

For more details on these and other tips, check out the Waste section of the Change Habits For Climate Guide.