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Eco Stations accept household hazardous waste, electronics, recyclables, yard waste, bulky items and more.

 Learn more about free drop-off weekends at Eco Stations

Please note: the Reuse Areas within the Kennedale and Ambleside Eco Stations will remain closed until Stage 3 of the province’s relaunch plan and are not accepting donations. 

Locations

Open weekdays and weekends, 9am - 7pm

Closed on Statutory Holidays

Eco Station Fees

Free drop-off weekends at Eco Stations

Only residential materials can be dropped off at no cost during the June 26-27 and September 25-26 weekends. Fees will be applied to commercial waste.

All events will run from 9am-7pm.
 

The first two Big Bin Event weekends (May 8-9 and May 15-16) have been cancelled in order to follow the Alberta Health Services outdoor gatherings restrictions and help limit the number of residents gathered on site at a time. To learn more, visit edmonton.ca/bigbinevents

Cash payments are not available at Eco Stations until further notice. Only Visa, MasterCard, American Express and debit cards are accepted at this time.

Note: Eco Station attendants have final say about the acceptability of items and the charges applied to each load. 

Free Drop-off (Residential Only)

Items Description
Appliances Lawnmowers, power tools, stoves, washing machines
Batteries All kinds. Learn more about recycling your batteries
Electronics

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 Garbage

Up to 2 clear garbage bags. 

  • Must not contain any food scraps, yard waste or recycling
  • Waste in non-clear bags will be subject to fees
Household Hazardous Waste

This includes items such as:

  • Automotive: motor oil, oil filters, car batteries, antifreeze, gas, diesel, rust remover, all automotive fluids
  • Chemicals and cleaners: bleach, drain, toilet, oven cleaners, spot removers; herbicide, pesticide, fertilizer, photo chemicals and glues
  • Lighting: all light bulbs, fluorescent tubes/ballasts, lighting fixtures
  • Paint and stains: including aerosols, full or empty, maximum container size - 20 litres
  • Other: aerosol cans, caulking, cement powder, fire extinguishers, propane tanks or bottles, smoke detectors, needles and syringes
Recyclable Materials Newspaper, metal cans, plastic bags
Clean, segregated
Scrap Metal BBQs, bicycles, rebar
Clean, segregated
Tires Only tires managed under the Provincial Tire Recycling Program
Yard Waste (residential and non-residential) This includes loose or paper bagged, clean and segregated:
  • Yard waste: bark, grass clippings, fallen tree fruits, houseplants, leaves, mulch, pine cones and needles, woodchips, and yard and garden trimmings
  • Branches and trees: sticks and twigs, stumps, tree roots, tree trimmings and trunks

Drop-off for a Fee

Item Charge Description
Small Items $9 per item Chair or comparable volume or up to 2 garbage bags
Large Items $16 per item Mattress, box spring, sofa or comparable volume
CFC Removal $16 per item Fridge, freezer, air conditioner
Lighting (non-residential) $1 per tube and 50 cents per CFL All light bulbs, except fluorescent light ballasts containing PCB
Loose Waste / Mixed Load Partial load:
$29 per load
Level half-tonne:
$39 per load
Heaping half-tonne:
$49 per load
Yard waste in plastic bags
Mixed soil / gravel, lumber, concrete pieces, wood or vinyl siding, shingles, windows, fencing
Cube van load is subject to viewing for comparison to half-tonne load

Paint Exchange

Residents can continue dropping off paint. However, the paint exchange is paused until further notice.

Items Not Accepted

  • Commercial hazardous waste
  • Commercial biomedical waste
  • Expired medications (take back to your pharmacy for proper disposal)
  • Radioactive waste
  • Pressurized gases

Used personal protective equipment (PPE), which includes face masks and gloves, cannot be recycled.

Safely dispose of used PPE in a waste bin to protect the health and safety of all Edmontonians. It will also help protect crews and volunteers picking up litter around the city.

Prohibited

The following items should be taken to your community police station.

Please call 780-423-4567 first.

  • Explosives
  • Munitions
  • Fireworks

compost photo

City of Edmonton Compost available at Ambleside and Kennedale Eco Stations starting May 15, 2021.

Residents who show commitment to learning about the Edmonton Cart Rollout or engage in waste reduction behaviours will have the opportunity to collect City of Edmonton Compost, free of charge.

This horticultural compost was processed at the EWMC cure site, using the yard waste that was dropped off to the Eco Stations in 2020, as well as yard waste collected from the Edmonton Cart Rollout demonstration areas. It is suitable for landscaping, gardening, tree and shrub planting and top dressing. 

Ways to Collect City of Edmonton Compost

City of Edmonton Compost is self-serve. Please bring your own shovel, gloves, pail(s), container(s) and/or bag(s). Bring tarps to keep your load secure. Please do not collect more than 100L of compost at a time (about the size of 5 pails (20L), equivalent to 37.5 kilograms). Available only at Ambleside and Kennedale locations.

Learn about how to use finished compost at edmonton.ca/compost.
compost checklist

Compost Containers Photo

Plan Your Trip

Vehicle Restrictions

  • Maximum vehicle size: 1 tonne
  • Maximum trailer length: 3 metres

Tips

  • Try to access facilities at off-peak hours
    • Sundays and 5-7pm on weekdays
  • Load your vehicle strategically
    • Place smaller items in your vehicle first, bulky items last, and keeping different types of items separate 
  • Don’t mix yard waste, refuse and scrap metal
    • Keep it easily accessible
  • Expect and prepare for longer wait times
  • Be mindful
    • Please do not block entrances of other businesses while waiting in Eco Station lineups

Remember to practice physical distancing guidelines when visiting an Eco Station.

Recycle Your Batteries

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.

For More Information

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Email wasteman@edmonton.ca

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