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The City of Edmonton's Waste Services branch is updating its strategic plan, focusing on actions that will help the City reach its goal of 90% diversion of residential waste from landfill.

On March 20, 2018, City Council approved the following Waste Management Strategy Update recommendations. These seven recommendations will help increase our rate of residential waste diversion, 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

Public Engagement

This spring, 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 the many individuals and organizations who have shared their feedback and perspectives through the survey and public drop-in sessions.

Summary results will be available in a public What We Heard report, available Summer 2018. The results will be used to develop proposed future grass and yard waste collection service changes. Results from public input, along with proposed service change details will be presented to the Utility Committee for discussion and consideration in Summer 2018.

We’re Still Listening

Do you still want to provide feedback about the proposed changes to grass and yard waste collection? Please complete this form.

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 public engagement on grass and yard waste. 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
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.

Project Timeline

Market Research

January 2018
Targeted survey and focus groups

February and March 2018
Utility Committee and Council recommendations

Public Engagement

April 2018
Outreach to special interest groups and multi-unit stakeholders

April 16 - May 1, 2018
Online survey

April 18, 2018
Drop-in Session 1

April 19, 2018
Drop-in Session 2

Future Public Engagement

Summer 2018
What We Heard Report

Additional Information

Yard Waste

Why is Edmonton considering changing the way yard waste is collected?

Utility Rate

What services and programs are included in my utility rate?

Grass Clippings

Why is Edmonton considering changing the way grass clippings are collected?

Waste Diversion

How does Edmonton compare to other areas and what are our waste goals?

Future of Waste

What's in store for the future of Edmonton waste?

For More Information


In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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