The City of Edmonton provides a wide range of programs and services to the public including the delivery of Waste Management Utilities that serve the needs of citizens. The City-owned utilities provide vital services which play an integral part in the day-to-day lives of City of Edmonton residents.
While utility rates are not included in your property tax and are a separate monthly rate, they allow the city to provide the following waste services:
Monthly utility rate breakdown for multi-unit collection.
Monthly Waste Rates
Residential Curbside Collection
The monthly rates from January 1 to September 30, 2021, are:
$47.22 for curbside/alley collection
Effective October 1, 2021, the monthly rates will be:
$43.32 for Small (120L) garbage cart
$48.32 for Large (240L) garbage cart
$58.32 for Excess (360L) garbage cart
Residential Bin Collection
The monthly rate effective January 1, 2021 is:
$30.69 for residents living in multi-unit buildings with communal bin collection
Transition Rates for Residential Bin Collection
These monthly rates are effective January 1, 2021 for residents living in multi-unit buildings who are already receiving or will be transitioning to individual hand or cart-based collection from communal bin collection.
$37.30 for residents who began transitioning in 2019
$34 for residents who will begin transitioning in 2021
Eco Station Fees
Free drop-off weekends at Eco Stations
Only residential materials can be dropped off at no cost during the September 25-26 weekend. Fees will be applied to commercial waste.
All events will run from 9am-7pm.
As part of the province’s reopening plan, cash payments will be accepted at all Eco Stations starting Monday, July 19.
Please stay at home if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and follow all Government of Alberta requirements for isolation if you are experiencing symptoms.
Note: Eco Station attendants have final say about the acceptability of items and the charges applied to each load.
Wearing a mask or face covering is a reasonable precaution for some, but is not required of patrons. Please be courteous and maintain a distance of 2 metres if someone asks you to.
Drop-off for a Fee (minimum charge: $9)
$9 per item
Chair or comparable volume
Must not contain any food scraps, yard waste or recycling
$16 per item
Mattress, box spring, sofa or comparable volume
$16 per item
Fridge, freezer, air conditioner
$1 per tube and 50 cents per CFL
All light bulbs, except fluorescent light ballasts containing PCB
Loose Waste / Mixed Load
$29 per load
Mixed soil / gravel, lumber, concrete pieces, wood or vinyl siding, shingles, windows, fencing, yard waste in plastic bags
Over 10 garbage bags will be charged as a partial load
$39 per load
$49 per load
All other vehicle types:
$50+ per load
Cube van, trailer, and others load are subject to additional fees; these are based on load volume, not vehicle type
These are accepted by KBL Environmental, an independent contractor. For fees and list of accepted materials contact KBL Environmental.
*For more information and requirements regarding Special Handling please call 311.
Note: All waste is charged based on weight. Vehicles are weighed in and payment is made on the outbound scale. Payment options currently include debit and credit card (Visa, Mastercard and American Express).
As part of the province’s reopening plan, cash payments will be accepted at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre starting Monday, July 26.
EWMC staff has final say about acceptability of any waste and the fees charged.
Free Drop-Off (Residential Only)
Lawnmowers, power tools, stoves, washing machines
This includes anything with a cord or battery such as:
Old computer components
Phones, fax machines, answering machines
Power tools, vacuum cleaners, floor polishers
Household Hazardous Waste
This includes items such as:
Automotive: motor oil, oil filters, car batteries, antifreeze, gas, diesel, rust remover, all automotive fluids
Chemicals and cleaners: bleach, drain, toilet, oven cleaners, spot removers; herbicide, pesticide, fertilizer, photo chemicals and glues
Lighting: all light bulbs, fluorescent tubes/ballasts, lighting fixtures
Paint and stains: including aerosols, full or empty, maximum container size - 20 litres
Other: aerosol cans, caulking, cement powder, fire extinguishers, propane tanks or bottles, smoke detectors, needles and syringes
Newspaper, metal cans, plastic bags Clean, segregated
As of September 2019, City Council has approved changes, including customer classification, to the Waste Services Bylaw (18590) to ensure all residences pay the rate that matches the service they receive. Approximately 25,000 residents will be affected by this change and will see a utility rate increase. If you are affected by this change, you will receive a letter in the mail to notify you. Please see the questions and answers below for more information.
No. Approximately 25,000 multi-unit residents will be subject to these rate changes at this time. These residences were identified by Waste Services as receiving service that does not align with the rate they pay. This rate adjustment will bring service and rate into alignment. However, more residences may see rate changes pending further assessments by Waste Services. Council and residents will be informed of these changes once assessment is complete.
No. The purpose of this rate increase is to bring the waste fee into alignment with the type of service received. Curbside/alley collection is more expensive than bin collection. The Waste Strategy will be funded by the annual Waste Services operating budget.
Previously, residents were charged a utility rate based on whether they lived in a single-unit home or a multi-unit home, regardless of the type of waste collection they actually received. This meant that some residents were not paying the appropriate rate for the type of service they received. Under the new customer classification, all residents will be charged a rate that matches the type of service they receive.
Any multi-unit customers that move into an affected residence during the transition will immediately pay the rate equal to the service they receive at that building, even if they were previously on the transitional rate. They will not receive the five-year gradual rate increase.
Multi-unit customers that leave their building and move into a home receiving curbside/alley collection will pay the Residential Curbside Collection. Multi-unit customers that move to a building receiving bin collection will pay the Residential Bin Collection service rate.
The assessed rate was previously determined by Bylaw 17555 and defined customers based on the number of residential units on a single tax parcel. For example, a single-unit residence on a single tax parcel was considered a Single-unit Customer. Multiple units on a single tax parcel were considered Multi-unit Customers. Each customer type, Single-unit and Multi-unit, were charged different monthly waste utility rates. This resulted in some customers being placed in the Multi-unit customer class and paying the corresponding lower rate even though they received the waste collection service associated with the Single-unit customer class.
The new Bylaw C18590 defines customer class by service type as follows:
Residential Curbside Collection: Customers who use bags or carts (typically single-unit homes or row houses); and
Residential Bin Collection: Customers who use bins (typically condominiums or apartments).
Your residence was identified as a household that receives Residential Curbside Collection service, but pays the lower Residential Bin Collection service rate. This rate adjustment will align the rate with the cost of providing the service.