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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.

Used personal protective equipment (PPE), which includes face masks and gloves, cannot be recycled. Safely dispose of used PPE in a black bag with other landfill waste and make sure it’s securely tied off. This will help protect our crews when they are collecting and processing your waste.

The situation with COVID-19 is rapidly changing, as is the City of Edmonton’s response to the pandemic. At this time, the City is continuing to collect waste as normal.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

Our top priority is the health and safety of our collectors and residents. Please do your part to ensure our collectors can continue to safely pick up your waste.

  • Make sure all recycling and garbage is securely bagged.
  • Please do not approach your collector to show your appreciation. Thank your collector by bagging your waste properly, leaving a note or waving from an appropriate distance. 

The City of Edmonton is also taking steps to keep collectors and residents safe, including:

  • Implementing physical distancing requirements of 2 metres
  • Promoting frequent hand washing and sanitizing
  • Communicating via cell phone and two-way radio rather than face-to-face

Help our Collectors Stay Safe Around Ice and Snow

For your collector’s safety and your own, it is important to:

  • Clear your ice and snow away from your collection area, and spread sand on icy areas. You can pick up free sand at your neighbourhood's community sandbox
  • Avoid placing waste on top of windrows or snow piles or slippery areas near downspouts and sump pump discharge pipes.
  • Move your vehicle off the street on collection day. If that’s not possible, keep your garbage and blue bags away from parked cars (two car lengths away) so collectors can easily see and access them.
  • If you live in a cul-de-sac, park your vehicle off the street on collection day. Snow piled in the middle of a cul-de-sac makes it difficult for your collector to access your waste.

Tips to Make Winter Waste Collection Safer

For More Information


In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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