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Only bylaw-approved garbage cans are collected by refuse collectors.

According to Waste Management Bylaw 18590:

  • Garbage cans must hold less than 100 litres (26 gallons)
  • Garbage cans must have fixed handles (that do not move or swivel)
  • Weight of the garbage can and the contents must not exceed 20 kg (44 lbs).

Residents who set out their waste in oversized, non-bylaw compliant cans could face a $60 fine.

 Photo of garbage can


Frequently Asked Questions

Why are oversize containers a problem?

SAFETY – Containers larger than 100 litres increase the risk of injury to collectors.  Such cans easily hold more than the allowed 20 kg (44 lbs), making it unsafe for collectors to handle.  Movable handles make the grip on a full can less sure.

Can I use garbage bags instead of a garbage container?

Yes. Use garbage bags capable of holding up to 20 kg (44 lbs) of contents when lifted. They should be no smaller than 60 litres or larger than 130 litres in capacity. Please do not place waste out in plastic grocery bags. Put them in a larger garbage bag for collection.

Can I use my oversize garbage can to store my waste?

Yes. Please use it only to transport bags to the curb or lane.  Leave the bagged garbage for collection and return the oversize garbage can for storage.

There is a yellow sticker on my can. What now?

If your can has a yellow City of Edmonton Oversize Can sticker affixed to it,

  • It will no longer be emptied
  • Addresses of residences with oversize cans that received the sticker are forwarded to Bylaw Services
  • Continued use of an non bylaw-compliant can with a yellow sticker affixed to it may result in a $60 fine.

For More Information


In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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