Collected weekly from spring to fall, and every 2 weeks in the winter, using a cart provided by the City.
If you have spare room in your food scraps cart, you can top it up with yard waste as long as the lid can be fully closed.
Learn more about Food scraps
Tips for Sorting your Food Scraps
All solid food waste is accepted in the food scraps cart, which is collected weekly from spring to fall, and every two weeks in the winter.
- Spoiled food
- Scraps and peelings
- Meat, fish and poultry
- Bones and eggshells
- Dairy products
- Coffee grounds and tea
- Food-soiled napkins and paper towels
- All packaging must be removed
Liners are not required in your food scraps pail. While the most environmentally friendly choice is to not use a liner, some people find it helps them manage their food scraps more easily. If you choose to use a liner, paper is more environmentally friendly than plastic. Small pieces of paper are composted, while large amounts of paper are removed as contamination.
Plastic bags or compostable liners can be used, but are sorted out at our processing facility as garbage. Compostable plastics, including BPI/BNQ-certified bags, do not break down in our composting process. They need higher temperatures and longer processing times than food scraps.
Yard waste and grass clippings can be added to the food scraps cart if you have extra space.
Material from the food scraps cart will be processed at the Anaerobic Digestion Facility and through contracted partners in the Edmonton region.