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What kind of garbage can should I use?

Your garbage can should be:

  • less than 100 litres in volume
  • have a secure, easily removable lid
  • have fixed (non-swiveling) handles

View the garbageman's choice poster to see a photo of the right can.

Waste will not be collected from oversize garbage cans. Residents who set out oversize garbage containers could face a $60 fine.

What can I put in the garbage?

Some items that can go into your garbage are:

  • regular bagged food waste, packaging, smaller worn-out household items
  • bundled or bagged yard and garden waste (tied branches must be under 4ft long)
  • broken dishes and glass (box and label sharps inside a marked, puncture-proof container)
  • floor sweepings, sawdust (inside a bag)

Note: All material must be properly bagged, bundled or put in approved cans. Please keep the weight to less than 20 kg so there's no risk of injury to your collector.

Help us collect your waste more efficiently - Buddy up your garbage and blue bags with your neighbour!

What items are not accepted in the garbage?
  • household hazardous waste (oven cleaners, paints, motor oil, pesticides, toilet cleaners, batteries, propane tanks, light bulbs, solvents, computer equipment)
  • large items (mattresses, box springs, furniture, televisions, stereos, sofas)
  • large appliances (fridges, stoves, freezers, dishwashers, hot water tanks)
  • building/renovation material (wood with nails sticking out, drywall, carpeting, lumber)
  • tree stumps/roots, manure, dirt or sod
  • tires and large metal auto parts
  • liquids
If you're not sure what can be recycled or thrown away, download the What Goes Where poster.
What can I do with the unacceptable items listed above?

Take them to a City Eco Station or the Edmonton Waste Management Centre. Eco Stations accept many items for free (for example, household hazardous waste and electronics).

If you're not sure what can be recycled, thrown away or taken to an Eco Station, download the What Goes Where poster.

How can I help my garbage collector work safely?

Read our Waste Collection Safety Tips. Your collector will be glad you did!

Where should I put my garbage cans or bags on collection day?

If you have front street collection:

  • Place your garbage at the curb
  • Remember to park your vehicle in your driveway
  • If there's road construction, put your waste where it is accessible

If your collection is in your rear lane:

  • Place the garbage at the rear property line
  • Ensure the waste cans are easily accessible
  • If there is construction in the lane, place your waste at the front curb
I live on the outskirts of town. Am I entitled to garbage collection?

The City provides waste pickup only where population density allows. If you're not in a collection area, you can arrange for collection on a cost-of-service basis by calling the Waste Management Customer Support Centre at 780-496-5698.

How can I keep wasps away from my garbage area?

Wasp's nest

Wasps love your garbage. Here are some tips to help minimize the number of wasps buzzing around your garbage:

  • Ensure that garbage bags are tied up and cans have lids.
  • Keep waste storage area clean. 
  • Bag empty wine crates as wasps are attracted to sugar and alcohol.
  • Remove wasps nests from garbage areas as soon as discovered.
  • Use wasp traps to distract them from the garbage area.
  • Place a fake wasp nest in your garbage area during the spring and summer as they are territorial (during the fall when wasps are more aggressive fake nests do not work).
  • During the spring and summer trim back any trees or bushes around your garbage stand.
What happens if my collection day falls on a statutory holiday?

Garbage and recycling are collected weekly on the same day of the week year-round, including statutory holidays. The only exceptions are Christmas Day (December 25) and New Year’s Day (January 1).

Garbage and blue bags must be out by 7am. 

For More Information


In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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