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Most apartments and condominiums in Edmonton have their recyclables collected using blue bins and household garbage is collected using brown garbage bins. Large items and household hazardous waste must be taken to the Eco Station or to the Edmonton Waste Management Centre.

Help keep your building clean and reduce waste:

  • Keep the area surrounding your waste bins clean and tidy
  • Inform new tenants of how to dispose of their waste when they move in
  • Post information for tenants to better understand how and what to recycle

Everything you need to know to dispose of your waste if you live in an apartment or condo.

Find out what belongs in your garbage, recycling or should be taken to an Eco Station.

Learn what items belong in the recycling bin.

Discover which items should be taken to an Eco Station.

See these images on how to set out your waste in your recycling and garbage bins.

My complex does not have a blue bin, why not?

Interested property managers or condo boards can call the Waste Management Services Customer Support Centre at 496-5698 to arrange for the service. There is no extra charge for the program. When the logistical details are worked out, such as where to put the bin, the blue bin will be placed on site and everyone can start recycling.

Some apartments and condominiums have blue bag rather than blue bin collection due to specific site needs for blue bins.

If your building does not have a blue bin, your household recycling can be taken to a Community Recycling Depot.  

What can go in the blue bin for recycling?

Most cardboard and paper can go in your blue bin for recycling. This is a great place to start. Flatten cardboard boxes to save space in your blue bin. Many plastic, metal and glass containers from your home can also go in your blue bin.

Recyclables can be put directly in your blue bin. No blue bag is required! Materials in the blue bin will all go to the City's Materials Recovery Facility where they will be sorted for recycling.

Refer to What Can I Recycle? or the What Goes Where poster to identify what should go in your building's garbage bin, blue bin and what needs to be taken to the Eco Station.

What does not belong in my garbage or recycling bins?

Garbage and recycling bins are for small household waste only.

The following items cannot be put in the waste bins and should be taken to the Eco Station or to the Edmonton Waste Management Centre:

  • Large items (furniture, sofas, mattresses, box springs, fridges, stoves)
  • Household hazardous waste (paint, cleaners, batteries, propane tanks, light bulbs)
  • Electronics (anything with a battery or cord, including TVs and computer equipment)
  • Building/renovation scraps (drywall, carpeting, lumber)
What can I do with large furniture and other items I can't put in my waste bins?

Unacceptable items should be taken to the Eco Station or to the Edmonton Waste Management Centre.

If you don’t have a suitable vehicle for hauling large items, private haulers can be found by doing a web search for 'Edmonton Garbage Collection' or in the Yellow Pages under 'Garbage Collection'.

Have a question about a specific item? Use the WasteWise search tool.

For More Information


In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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