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How much space will you need for your waste?

Waste Services is considering changes to residential services, such as:  

  • Seasonal  collection of  leaf and yard waste
  • No longer collecting grass clippings in the garbage
  • Collecting food scraps separately
  • Changing the way that garbage is collected
  • Changing collection schedules

As the City considers these changes, this waste calculator will help you determine:

  • How much space you’ll have in your green cart (food scraps) and for your garbage (bags or cart) on collection day, based on the weekly amount of garbage you currently have 
  • How many bags/bundles of yard waste you’ll have for collection day each season 


Step 1: Select a season

If you do not select a season, numbers will be based on the current season.

  • Spring: March - May
  • Summer: June - August
  • Fall: September - November
  • Winter: December - February
Step 2: How much garbage you currently set out for collection

Indoor Garbage

Garbage you throw away inside your home, including food scraps. Does not include blue bags.

  • 25 litre bag = white or clear kitchen catcher bag
  • 80 litre bag = regular-size black garbage bag 

Leaf and Yard Waste

Seasonal yard rakings, leaves, branches and other plant and garden waste. Does not include grass clippings or non-plant materials (pet waste/animal droppings, cigarette butts or other kinds of litter).

  • 80 litre bag = regular-size black garbage bag
  • 120 litre bag = extra large bag garbage or yard waste bag. These bags are sometimes orange or clear.
  • 1.2 metres (4 foot) bundle of branches (equivalent to one 120 litre bag of yard waste) 
Step 3: Select your option

The City is considering four options for garbage set-outs:

  • Option 1: 110L cart for garbage
  • Option 2: 240L cart for garbage
  • Option 3: up to 4 regular-size black bags of garbage
  • Option 4: up to 4 regular-size clear bags for garbage, plus one black privacy bag

Each of these options also include: 

  • A 110L green cart for food scraps, collected weekly spring - fall, and every two weeks in winter
  • Unlimited recyclables in blue bags, collected weekly year-round
  • Garbage collection every two weeks year-round
  • Separate, seasonal yard waste collection
What season is it?
Indoor Garbage
Leaf and Yard Waste
Garbage Options
Green carts are weekly.

Leaf and Yard Waste

Yard waste may be collected once or twice a season. This shows the amount of leaf and yard waste for a total of one season, or 12 weeks.

For More Information


In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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