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Household hazardous waste, batteries, electronics and large bulky items should NOT go in your garbage or recycling. Please take these items to an Eco Station.

Yard Waste (Free drop off)

Yard waste (leaves, twigs, branches, fallen fruit, dead plants, grass) should be taken to an Eco Station so it can be composted at the City’s outdoor compost cure site.

Please take the following steps when bringing yard waste to an Eco Station:

  • Use a paper yard waste bag to contain yard waste, or empty plastic bags into the yard waste bin at the Eco Station.
  • Branches should be no more than 4 feet long and 2 inches in diameter.
Batteries (Free drop off)

When batteries enter the residential waste stream, they can leak toxic chemicals into the air, soil and water. They can also interact with other items in the trash and explode or catch fire. 

Avoid the risk by dropping off used batteries — big and small — at an Eco Station for safe recycling at no cost. 

Retailers that recycle used batteries:

*Please visit the retailer website for details and restrictions.

How to safely dispose of a battery:

  • Remove the battery from the device
  • Place tape over both ends of the battery, to prevent them from coming into other objects that could cause a reaction
  • Drop the battery off at an Eco Station, or one of the other locations listed above, for free

You may not realize how many devices contain batteries. If it makes noise, lights up or connects to the Internet, it probably contains a battery. Don’t forget about items like remote car locks, watches, musical greeting cards and cell phones.

Appliances & Scrap Metals (Fees may apply)
  • BBQs, lawnmowers, car parts
  • Washers, dryers, dishwashers, microwave ovens
  • Fridges, freezers, air conditioners (fees apply for CFC removal)
Electronics (Free drop off)

Electronics should go to an Eco Station so they can be broken down and recycled. This includes anything with a cord or battery such as:

  • old computer components
  • cell phones
  • phones, fax machines, answering machines
  • power tools, vacuum cleaners, floor polishers
Household Hazardous Waste (Free drop off)

Household hazardous waste should be taken to an Eco Station for proper disposal, because if not handled properly it can be harmful to people and the environment. This includes items such as: 


  • Motor oil (max container size 20 litres), oil filters
  • Car batteries, antifreeze, gas, diesel
  • All automotive fluids, rust remover (max container size 20 litres)


  • All kinds

Chemicals and Cleaners

  • Bleach, drain, toilet, oven cleaners, spot removers
  • Herbicide, pesticide, fertilizer
  • Photo chemicals and glues


  • All light bulbs, fluorescent tubes/ballasts, lighting fixtures

Paints and Stains

  • Paints and stains (including aerosols). Full or empty, max container size 20 litres


  • Aerosol cans (empty, full or partially full)
  • Caulking, cement powder
  • Fire extinguishers, propane tanks or bottles (max 20 lbs)
  • Smoke detectors
  • Needles and syringes (packaged in a thick screw-top plastic bottle like a laundry-detergent bottle)

* Note: Commercial hazardous waste is not accepted at Eco Stations.

Large Items & Mixed Waste (Fees apply)

Big bulky items should be taken to an Eco Station instead of setting them out for waste collection. This includes items such as:

  • Sofas
  • Mattresses
  • Box springs
  • Fencing
  • Rubble
  • Renovation material
  • Tree branches, roots and stumps (note Yard Waste requirements above)
  • Soil
  • Gravel
  • Freezer or refrigerator (fees apply for appliances that require CFC removal)

Eco Stations DO NOT accept

  • Commercial hazardous waste
  • Commercial biomedical waste
  • Radioactive waste
  • Pressurized gases

The following items should be taken to your community police station. Please call 780-423-4567 first.

  • Explosives
  • Munitions
  • Fireworks

Fall Hours (until November 9, 2019)

Monday 9am-6:30pm
Tuesday 9am-6:30pm
Wednesday 9am-6:30pm
Thursday 9am-6:30pm
Friday 9am-6:30pm
Saturday 9am-6:30pm
Sunday 9am-6:30pm

Closed on the following statutory holidays: New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Heritage Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Edmonton is a world leader in waste management because of residents' commitment to reducing, reusing, and recycling.

For More Information


In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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