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Edmonton is a world leader in urban waste management. With the help of residents who participate in our voluntary programs, we currently keep over 50% of household waste out of landfills, mainly through recycling and composting.

Residents sort items like household glass, plastic and paper for recycling. The organic portion of household waste, like banana peels and tissue paper, is sorted and composted at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre. An additional 30% will be turned into methanol and ethanol when the Waste-to-Biofuels Facility is fully operational. Edmonton’s goal is to divert 90% of waste away from landfills.

Here are some 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
    • Bring large items that are in good condition to the Ambleside or Kennedale Eco Station where they will be available for others to pick up
  • Recycle
  • Compost
  • Use an Eco Station for 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.

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