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Safety tips for Edmonton residents on how to properly set out their garbage to help make garbage collectors' jobs safer and easier.

A waste collector’s job is tough. Every working day your collector picks up between 16,000 and 22,000 kilograms of waste. That’s equivalent to lifting 20 to 27 smart cars a day!

Help our Collectors Stay Safe 

The summer months can present a few safety hazards for our collectors. Please do your part to help keep them safe!

  • Keep it light. Each bag should weigh less than 20 kg (44 lb).
  • Clean up fallen fruit from your yard, keep your collection area tidy and ensure garbage cans are completely closed and bags tied to avoid attracting wasps.
  • Remove wasp nests from your collection area. Consider placing an artificial wasp nest in the area to discourage wasps from building a nest there.
  • Trim branches near your collection area, but be mindful of when it's safe to trim branches (usually November to March). Learn more at
  • Tie your branches and brush into small bundles no more than 1.2 m (4 ft) in length, and weighing no more than you can easily lift.

Take a Peek to See Why Collectors Need Your Help

The following tips can help keep collectors safe all year round.

  • Keep it light. Each bag should weigh less than 20 kg (44lb).
  • Make your waste accessible. Place garbage and recycling bags as close to the street or alley as possible; avoid placing waste on top of or behind dirt piles.
  • Box and label sharps, including glass, nails and metal scraps. Learn about safe needle disposal at
  • If you have front street collection, park your vehicle off the street on collection day, if possible.
  • Use the right can. The Waste Bylaw requires that cans be less than 100 litres and have fixed, non-swiveling handles. 
  • Use the WasteWise app to properly sort your waste. Large items and household hazardous waste belong at an Eco Station. 

For More Information


In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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