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Changes are coming to the way you sort and manage waste, at home and at work.

Public engagement is your opportunity to help us adjust and shape these changes by providing thoughts and perspectives.

Thank you to the many Edmontonians who shared their thoughts on how waste is sorted and managed, through our online surveys and at drop-in sessions.  Input from the public and stakeholders will help inform decisions about Edmonton's future waste system and determine which recommendations are brought forward for City Council approval

The survey is now closed. Watch for the results from the survey and public engagement sessions in a publicly-available What We Heard report, which will be presented to Council this summer. 

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Public Engagement


February 10 - April 15, 2019 

Based on the results of public engagement in Fall 2018, we continued to gather input from residents and stakeholders to further refine decisions and recommendations. The report will be available in June 2019. 

Topics included:

  • Options for curbside garbage and recycling set-outs
  • Waste drop-off locations
  • Grass, leaf and yard waste
  • Single-use plastics restrictions
  • Zero Waste goal
  • Education opportunities 

Phase 2 Future of Waste Information Panels

October 1 - November 30, 2018​​​​​​ — Proposed Changes to Waste Programs and Services

We gathered input from residents, multi-unit stakeholders and non-residential stakeholders about proposed changes to waste programs and services. Thank you to those who have shared their input and perspectives with us. 

Phase 1 Future of Waste Information Panels

Survey Report

Topics included:

  • Options for curbside garbage set-outs (such as bag or cart)
  • Waste reduction and diversion
  • Food waste and reuse
  • Single-use plastics restrictions
  • Zero Waste goal

What We Heard Summary Report
Results will be used to help shape a new waste strategy and changes to waste services for Edmonton.   

April 2018  Grass and Yard Waste

We gathered input from residents, property managers and lawn and yard care companies about possible changes to residential grass and yard waste collection services. Thank you to those who have shared their feedback and perspectives with us. 

Final Report: What We Heard 
Results will be used to develop proposed future grass and yard waste collection service changes.

January 2018 — Market Research

Waste Services conducted a phone survey and four focus groups to ask participants about their current waste habits, and their willingness to support future changes to residential waste programs and services, such as:

  • Separating food scraps from other types of garbage
  • Volume limits for garbage
  • Ceasing collection of grass clippings in the garbage
  • Moving to seasonal yard waste collection
  • Use of clear bags for garbage

Final Report: Phone survey - Topline report

We’re Listening

Do you want to provide feedback about the proposed changes? Please complete this form. Although we won't be replying to individual comments, feedback submitted will be summarized by Waste Services to ensure that all residents' perspectives have been captured.

Your personal information is collected under the authority of section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act and used for the purpose of providing feedback in the City of Edmonton's Waste Services public engagement. This personal information will be protected in accordance with the privacy provisions of the FOIP Act. If you have any questions about the collection of this information, please contact

Project Timeline

June 28, 2019
Waste strategy and results of public engagement will be presented to Utility Committee.

February 10 - April 15, 2019
Phase 2 Public Engagement

Validation of ideas. Sharing information gathered in Phase 1 and asking, "Does this resonate with you? What did we miss?" Gathering ideas and feedback for implementation of possible changes.  

Diving into detailsUsing the input we heard in Phase 1 to ask follow-up questions and discuss more of the details of how residents may be expected to reduce, reuse and recycle their waste in the future. 

Spring 2019 onwards
Demonstration phase for carts to select number of homes. (8,000 homes)

2020 and Beyond 
Full implementation of collection changes for grass, leaf and yard waste, pending Council approval.
Begin rollout of future changes. 


The City of Edmonton's Waste Services Branch is developing a new strategic plan, focusing on actions that will help the City divert more waste from landfill.

Council Decisions

February 2019

Utility Committee:

  • Reviewed the report called Citizen Feedback on Additional Residential Waste Diversion Programs, which included findings from last fall's Phase 1 What We Heard Report summary of public engagement results.  

City Council:

  • Approved a motion for Phase 2 Public Engagement to gather public input to inform a proposed Zero Waste framework, with final recommendations to be included in the waste strategy.  
  • Approved the Organics Management report, and recommendations and actions for the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Sector Strategic Review Report (non-residential sector).
March 2018

Several recommendations to help increase residential waste diversion were approved by Council, including:

  • Engaging Edmontonians on how grass, leaf and yard waste are collected
  • Introducing a source-separated organics program for kitchen scraps starting in fall 2020
  • Talking with Edmontonians about other waste program and service options
  • Reviewing our diversion rate calculations
  • Presenting options for a pilot project on source-separated organics
  • Presenting options for food waste reduction strategies
  • Updating waste policies
June 2018

Utility Committee approved two motions which may shape the new Waste Strategy:

  • Examination of single-use plastics policies and practices
  • Examination of Zero Waste policies and targets
August 2018

Utility Committee accepted eight reports from Waste Services, including:

  • 25-year strategic outlook and project overview
  • Alternative residential collection options for grass, leaf and yard waste
  • A Source Separated Organics pilot for residents
  • Strategic review of industrial, commercial and institutional sector
  • Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)
  • Single-use plastics
  • Food waste reduction program strategies
  • 2019-2022 business plan

Utility Committee asked Waste Services:

  • To bring back further analysis on two of the grass and yard waste collection options at a future meeting
  • To conduct detailed engagement with the industrial, commercial and institutional sector as part of the strategic plan development
  • To bring back further information, analysis and recommendations on non-residential waste, EPR, single-use plastics, food waste and the results of the fall 2018 public engagement
September 2018

City Council approved the launch of changes to residential collection of grass, leaf and yard waste, along with an education and awareness campaign, beginning in the second quarter of 2019.  Participation in the changes will be voluntary until bylaw changes take effect in 2020.

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