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Waste Services public engagement information for non-residential stakeholders.

The online survey is now closed.

Thank you to all of our stakeholder participants for the overwhelming response to our surveys, drop-in sessions, calls and emails. We are currently in the process of compiling all of your input. Results from our surveys and workshops will be summarized in our What We Heard report, which will be available online in February 2019.

Information about future public engagement opportunities will be available in February 2019.

Engagement Opportunities

Engagement opportunities for:

  • Business owners and managers, including commercial retailers and industrial companies
  • Institutional owners and managers
  • Businesses and companies that receive commercial waste collection services
  • Contractors (for example, waste haulers) and service providers that provide services for businesses, institutions and industry
  • Associations and agencies that represent businesses and business networks

Thank you to stakeholders who took the time to complete the survey and provide their input to us through meetings, phone conversations and workshops. Stakeholders provided input on topics including, but not limited to:

Waste Reduction, Diversion and Reuse

We will be asking businesses about what opportunities and support would help them reduce and divert more waste, and about opportunities for reuse programs and initiatives that could be considered for the future, as part of Edmonton’s waste strategy.

Separating Food Scraps and Yard Waste

Businesses have diverse needs, which would need to be taken into consideration with any proposed change that may involve sorting or separating waste. In the future, Waste may provide businesses with additional separate collection services, such as for food scraps and yard waste. If these changes are made to residential waste collection, similar changes for businesses would provide more consistency with how all Edmontonians sort and dispose of waste.

Separating food scraps and yard waste for composting would also increase waste diversion, and may help businesses achieve some of their environmental sustainability goals.

Food Waste Prevention

Wasted food, or avoidable food waste, has economic, environmental and social impacts, regardless of whether it ends up in the garbage or a composter. More and more cities are introducing education materials and programs to help residents reduce wasted food and save money at home.

Some cities have also introduced programs and partnerships with businesses and stakeholders to promote redistribution and recovery of edible, nutritious foods. Preventing food waste may help businesses save money, become more operationally efficient and achieve their corporate responsibility and environmental sustainability goals.

Single-use Plastics

The movement to curb pollution of single-use disposable plastic items, such as straws, plastic bags, and takeout food containers, has gained momentum in the past several years. Many cities either restrict or do not permit the sale and use of these items, as part of their waste management and environmental sustainability plans.

If similar changes were made in Edmonton, any decisions made would need to consider the potential impacts on businesses, industries, and institutions.

Zero Waste Goal

Many cities in Canada and other countries are adopting Zero Waste goals or targets. This means seeking to divert the maximum possible amount of waste from landfill, by using a mix of innovative sorting, recycling, processing, composting and more.


Some municipalities have implemented programs to keep textiles, such as clothing and other fabric items, out of landfills. Although many charities collect reusable clothing and household items, these textile recycling programs accept textiles that can no longer be reused or donated.

Recycling Separation

In order to increase the recovery of recyclable materials, some cities have made changes to their recycling programs. These changes could include additional sorting or separating of recyclables by type, such as keeping paper and cardboard separate from plastics and metals.  In the future, recycling of some materials may be required.

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

Although many provinces in Canada already have Extended Producer Responsibility policies, Alberta does not. With such a policy and related programs, companies assume physical and/or financial responsibility for the production and disposal or recycling of waste related to the products they make and sell. This reduces those costs and responsibilities for municipalities and residents.

EPR programs can help businesses achieve their corporate social responsibility objectives, environmental stewardship goals, and can help promote more efficient packaging designs and processes.

For More Information


In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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