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Residents include:

  • Tenants and homeowners that live in houses, including single detached and semi-detached housing, row houses and secondary suites 
  • Tenants and property owners that live in apartments and condominiums
  • Tenants and property owners that receive garbage and recycling collection at the curb
  • Associations that represent residents such as community leagues, seniors associations and residential housing associations

If you are associated with the management or maintenance of apartment or condo properties, please also see engagement information for multi-unit stakeholders.

Engagement Opportunities

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.

Results from our public engagement will be included in a publicly-available What We Heard report that will be presented to Council later this year.

Topics for engagement included:

Options for Curbside Cart Collection (for single unit residents)

Last fall, we heard that the majority of residents supported moving to carts for garbage collection, instead of using a bag option. Residents would place their waste in these carts, which are then picked up and emptied by trucks that have a mechanical arm on the side.

This past winter, residents living in single-unit or semi-detached houses had the opportunity to vote for their cart-based preferences, such as options for cart sizes and costs, and if Edmonton should consider switching from blue bags to blue carts for recyclables. Input will help shape decisions made about future changes to curbside waste collection.  

Green Cart for Food Scraps (120L)

Photo of a lady pushing a 120 litre green food scraps cart.

Black Cart for Garbage (240L option shown)

Refer to green cart image above to see size of 120L black cart option.

Photo of two waste collectors with a 240 litre green cart.

Use our Waste Calculator to help you determine what different collection options might look like in your home. 

Residents also had an opportunity to provide feedback about proposed changes to grass, leaf and yard waste collection. 

Paper Yard Waste Bag

Photo of a man raking leaves into a paper bag.

Zero Waste Goal

Many cities in Canada, and other countries, have adopted a Zero Waste goal. This means working towards keeping as much waste as possible out of landfill by focusing on activities at the top of the zero waste hierarchy like waste reduction and reuse, followed by innovative waste sorting, recycling, processing, composting and more.

(source:, 2018)

In the fall, residents were moderately supportive of a Zero Waste goal for Edmonton. This past winter, residents were asked for their thoughts on the kinds of programs and services Edmonton should consider if we adopt a Zero Waste approach.   

Some potential initiatives include:

Waste Reduction

  • Sustainable purchasing (for example, focus on purchasing items that can be composted/recycled or made from recycled materials)
  • Food waste prevention programs
  • Supporting businesses in waste reduction efforts


  • Recovery and repair/refurbishment programs and events
  • Lending programs (for example, tool libraries)
  • Additional Reuse Centre(s) to accept/sell donated items
Drop-Off Locations

We will be looking at ways to help residents dispose of items that should not go in the garbage, or that could be collected and recycled through additional programs. Last fall, we heard that some residents face challenges with bringing their waste to Eco Stations and Big Bin events.

This past winter, we sought input on:

  • Eco Station hours/days of operation

  • Options for setting up small community drop-off locations

  • How the City can support access to drop-off locations for tenants without vehicles, and with mobility concerns

Education Opportunities

We heard from residents that they would like to see more educational opportunities and materials to help them understand and learn about future changes to waste programs and services.

We asked residents for their input on what opportunities, communication methods and resources they would like to have available, and how they think the City could get people on board with the proposed changes and help ensure compliance.

Apartment and condo residents were asked for their input on educational materials and programs they would like to see for residences, and if there is interest in volunteer ambassador programs for buildings.

Single-Use Plastics

Many cities have passed legislation or policies that restrict or eliminate single-use plastics: many of these items, such as straws, plastic bags and takeout food containers, are not typically accepted for recycling, and are meant to be thrown away after one use. A single-use plastic policy is also being considered for Edmonton. 

We asked residents which items should be considered for restriction, for use with an extra fee, and/or for elimination, and if there should be any exemptions, if these changes were to be introduced. 

Renewable series video on single-use plastics (

Waste Calculator

Do you live in a single- or semi-detached house with curbside waste collection? 

This waste calculator can help you understand what some of the proposed options for garbage and food scraps collection could look like for your household.

For More Information


In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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