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Waste Services public engagement opportunities for residents.

Engagement opportunities for:

  • 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 for the overwhelming response to our surveys and drop-in sessions, and all of your calls, comments and emails. We are currently in the process of compiling all of your input for inclusion in our What We Heard report, available in February.

Future opportunities to have your say will be available beginning in February 2019. 

Through the survey and drop-in sessions, residents provided input on topics including, but not limited to:

Options for Curbside Waste Collection (for single unit residents)

Residents living in single- or semi-detached houses will have the opportunity to vote for their preferred option of changes to their waste set-out at the curb. Options for garbage will include size of carts, number and type of bags and other changes. Preferred options and input will help inform decisions made about future changes to curbside waste collection.

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

Waste Reduction, Diversion and Reuse

We will be asking residents about what opportunities and support would help them reduce and divert more waste at home, and what reuse programs and opportunities Edmonton should consider as part of its waste strategy.

For residents that live in apartments and condos, we will be asking them what the City could do to help their building reduce and divert more waste.

Food Waste Prevention

Wasted food, or avoidable food waste, has economic, environmental and social impacts, regardless of whether it ends up in the garbage or a composter. More and more cities are introducing education materials and programs to help residents reduce wasted food and save money at home, and promote redistribution and recovery of edible, nutritious foods. We will be asking about interest in this type of program, and about aspects that may be most helpful in reducing food waste at home.

Single-use Plastics

The movement to curb pollution of single-use disposable plastic items, such as straws, plastic bags, and takeout food containers, has gained momentum in the past several years. Many cities either restrict or do not permit the sale and use of these items, as part of their waste management and environmental sustainability plans. We will be asking residents about their willingness to support similar changes, if they were to be introduced in Edmonton.

Zero Waste Goal

Many cities in Canada and other countries are adopting Zero Waste goals or targets. This means seeking to divert the maximum possible amount of waste from landfill, by using a mix of innovative sorting, recycling, processing, composting and more. We will be asking residents for their thoughts on adopting a Zero Waste goal.


Some municipalities have implemented programs to keep textiles, such as clothing and other fabric items, out of landfills. Although many charities collect reusable clothing and household items, these textile recycling programs accept textiles that can no longer be reused or donated. We will be asking residents about their willingness to collect and bring non-reusable textiles to a drop off location, if such a program was introduced in the future.

Recycling Separation

In order to increase the recovery of recyclable materials, some cities ask residents to sort their recycling by type, such as keeping paper and cardboard separate from plastics and metals.  We will be asking residents about their willingness to do additional sorting of recyclables at home, and what challenges residents may face if they are asked to do more sorting.

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

Many provinces in Canada already have Extended Producer Responsibility policies, which means that companies are responsible for the production and disposal or recycling of waste related to the products they make and sell. These policies and programs help shift responsibility for managing some types of waste to manufacturing companies, which then reduces those costs and responsibilities for municipalities and residents. We will be asking residents what role they think the City should play in advocating for this type of policy.

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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