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Taking blue recycling bags to the curb

Single-family homes, duplexes, fourplexes and some townhouses receive Blue Bag collection of household recyclables.

It's easy to do. No sorting is required. Just place your clean recyclables loosely into blue see-through plastic bags and set them out for collection on your scheduled collection days.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I get Blue Bags?

Blue Bags are available at all major grocery and hardware stores. The City of Edmonton does not sell blue bags. Do not use green or black garbage bags because they will be collected as regular garbage. Only material placed in or beside the Blue Bags will be collected as recyclables.

What happens to the Blue Bag Materials?

When the blue bags are collected from your home they are taken to Edmonton's Materials Recovery Facility where they are sorted and baled for market. They are then sold throughout Alberta, BC , the western US and Asia.

Why can I no longer use my Blue Box to set out my recyclables?

Blue Boxes can decrease the quality of the recyclable material collected because materials can get wet when it rains or snows. Items set out inside a Blue Box can cause unintentional littering as items get blown about by the wind.  

Using a Blue Bag is easy and keeps your recyclables dry and clean to ensure the materials you work so hard to sort can be recycled. Blue Bags make your collector’s work safer, easier and more efficient.

Collection Days

Garbage and recycling are collected weekly on the same day of the week year-round, including most statutory holidays.

For More Information


In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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