While the majority of the 10,000 plus public space waste containers collect only garbage, the City of Edmonton has begun implementing a three-stream waste sorting program (recycling, food scraps and garbage) in select outdoor attractions. These mirror how residents with curbside collection sort their waste at home.
Leaving litter and waste on private or public property makes the city look dirty and unhealthy. It also has harmful effects on the environment and takes immense resources each year to clean up. Help keep Edmonton’s streets, sidewalks, and parks clean! Please dispose of your waste in public space waste containers and sorting stations. Waste that is properly sorted, at home or in public spaces, helps to contribute to Edmonton’s goal to divert 90% of waste from landfill.
Did you know there is a network of over 10,000 public space waste containers placed across the city? This network of containers, along with the residential cart collection program and the communal bin collection program that serves multifamily residents, make up Edmonton’s integrated waste collection system. This system is meant to serve Edmontonians where they live and play. Public space waste containers are meant to reduce litter by providing waste collection services to Edmontonians when they are out and about.
Place bagged dog waste into the black garbage cart at home or any public space garbage containers
Place unbagged dog waste into the green food scraps cart at home to divert it from landfill Note: small compostable plastic dog waste bags are not compatible with the organics processing equipment and cannot be used in the green food scrap carts.
The Scoop on Dog Poop
Dog waste can be harmful to people, pets and the environment if not picked up and disposed of properly.
It often contains E. coli and other harmful bacteria, such as salmonella, that can cause serious illness in humans
It can transmit parasites, including tapeworm and roundworm larvae, that can lead to brain, eye and other organ damage in dogs and humans
It can contaminate lakes, rivers and other water sources when carried away by rain or melting snow directly into waterways
It attracts mice, coyotes and other wildlife to urban areas
It does not decompose quickly, particularly in colder climates, so the risk of spreading its harmful effects can linger for many months
What You Can Do
Here’s what you can do to help keep our parks and off-leash areas clean and safe:
Always carry pet waste bags with you when you walk your dog.
Pick up your dog’s waste:
Place your hand in the bag
Grab the waste
Turn the bag inside out
Close the bag
Properly dispose of your pet's waste in a nearby public space garbage container or bring it home, de-bag it and place it in your green food scraps cart.
Do not place the pet waste bag on top or beside a full container. Please take a moment to find one nearby that has space, or bring it home.
Pet waste must be unbagged to be collected in the green cart. All bagged waste must go into the garbage stream.
They Poop. You scoop: Cleaning up after your pet isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the law. The fine for failing to do so is $100.