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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.

Utility Rates

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 Rate Infographic

This infographic shows the monthly utility rate breakdown for curbside 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

Cash payments are not available at Eco Stations until further notice. Only Visa, MasterCard, American Express and debit cards are accepted at this time.

Note: Eco Station attendants have final say about the acceptability of items and the charges applied to each load. 

Drop-off Fees (Residential Only)

Items Description
Appliances Lawnmowers, power tools, stoves, washing machines
Batteries All kinds. Learn more about recycling your batteries
Electronics

This includes anything with a cord or battery such as:

  • Old computer components
  • Cell phones
  • Phones, fax machines, answering machines
  • Power tools, vacuum cleaners, floor polishers
Household Garbage

Up to 2 clear garbage bags. 

  • Must not contain any food scraps, yard waste or recycling
  • Waste in non-clear bags will be subject to fees
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
Recyclable Materials Newspaper, metal cans, plastic bags
Clean, segregated
Scrap Metal BBQs, bicycles, rebar
Clean, segregated
Tires Only tires managed under the Provincial Tire Recycling Program
Yard Waste (residential and non-residential) This includes loose or paper bagged, clean and segregated:
  • Yard waste: bark, grass clippings, fallen tree fruits, houseplants, leaves, mulch, pine cones and needles, woodchips, and yard and garden trimmings
  • Branches and trees: sticks and twigs, stumps, tree roots, tree trimmings and trunks

Drop-off for a Fee

Item Charge Description
Small Items $9 per item Chair or comparable volume or up to 2 garbage bags
Large Items $16 per item Mattress, box spring, sofa or comparable volume
CFC Removal $16 per item Fridge, freezer, air conditioner
Lighting (non-residential) $1 per tube and 50 cents per CFL All light bulbs, except fluorescent light ballasts containing PCB
Loose Waste / Mixed Load Partial load:
$29 per load
Level half-tonne:
$39 per load
Heaping half-tonne:
$49 per load
Yard waste in plastic bags
Mixed soil / gravel, lumber, concrete pieces, wood or vinyl siding, shingles, windows, fencing
Cube van load is subject to viewing for comparison to half-tonne load

Edmonton Waste Management Centre (EWMC) Fees

Free Drop-Off (Residential Only)

Item Description
Appliances Lawnmowers, power tools, stoves, washing machines
Batteries All kinds
Electronics This includes anything with a cord or battery such as:
  • Old computer components
  • Cell phones
  • 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
Recyclable Materials  Newspaper, metal cans, plastic bags
Clean, segregated
Scrap Metal BBQs, bicycles, rebar
Clean, segregated
Tires  Only tires managed under the Provincial Tire Recycling Program
Yard Waste This includes loose or paper bagged, clean and segregated:
  • Yard waste: bark, grass clippings, fallen tree fruits, houseplants, leaves, mulch, pine cones and needles, woodchips, and yard and garden trimmings
  • Branches and trees: sticks and twigs, stumps, tree roots, tree trimmings and trunks

Drop-Off for a Fee

Item Charge per Tonne Minimum Charge
Residential Waste $69 $20
Non-residential Waste $98 $40
Charitable Organization Waste $27 $20
CFC removal (residential) - fridge, freezer, air conditioner $69
($16 surcharge per item in addition to per tonne fee)
$20
CFC removal (non-residential) - fridge, freezer, air conditioner $98
($16 surcharge per item in addition to per tonne fee)
$40
Mattresses or Box Springs (residential) $69
($16 surcharge per item in addition to per tonne fee)
$20
Mattresses or Box Springs (non-residential) $98
($16 surcharge per item in addition to per tonne fee)
$40
Soil (clean, residential only) $69 $20
Special Handling* $131 $131
Tires (Not managed under the Provincial Tire Recycling Program) $131 $131
Yard Waste (in plastic bags) $45 $20
Branches and Trees (non-residential only) 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 include debit and credit card (Visa, Mastercard and American Express). EWMC staff has final say about acceptability of any waste and the fees charged.

Reuse Centre Fees

The Reuse Centre will remain closed at least until Stage 3 of the province’s relaunch plan. Reuse Centre donations are not being accepted at either the Reuse Centre or Eco Station locations.

Organizations and individuals can purchase items at the Reuse Centre for a nominal fee and may take as many items as they require.

Individual - $5 per purchase

  • Up to 25 kg
  • Customers may purchase more than 25kg - the charge will be $5 for each up to 25kg amount

Non-profit Organization - $50 annual membership

  • Membership includes 25 punches per year
  • Customers may purchase more than 25kg - the charge will be 1 punch for each up to 25kg amount

Payment options

Cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Interac

Construction and Demolition (C&D) Fees

The Construction and Demolition (C&D) Recycling facility is managed and operated by an independent contractor.

Please visit KBL Environmental for fees and accepted items. 

*The City of Edmonton's seasonal aggregate recycling sites may accept certain types of concrete and asphalt at no charge. Acceptance criteria and facility information.

Secondary and Garden Suites

Waste Management Services Fee

If you are developing a secondary suite or garden suite, you need to know that your Waste Management Services Fee is affected:

  • Waste Management Services Utility Rates are charged per dwelling unit. A registered secondary suite will be charged a second Waste Management Services Utility Rate
  • Participants in the Secondary Suites Cart Sharing program pay only 1 Residential Curbside Collection fee
  • The fees apply whether or not the secondary suite is occupied
  • Waste Management Services fees are listed on your monthly EPCOR utility bill

Detailed information is available on the various conditions and regulations for developing secondary suites and garden suites in the City of Edmonton.

Multi-unit Utility Rate Changes

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.

Does this rate change apply to all multi-unit residents?

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.

Are these rate changes being used to fund the 25-year Waste Strategy?

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.

Why did my rate change? I haven’t moved or changed my waste disposal habits.

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. 

I am planning to move in/out of a multi-unit building soon. What rate will I be paying?

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.
 

Why does the rate for my household increase more than the average annual rate increase?

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 18590 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. 
 

For More Information

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Email wasteman@edmonton.ca

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