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The City of Edmonton provides garbage collection to all residents of Edmonton.

About the Service

The City provides waste pickup only where population density allows. If you're not in a collection area, you can arrange for collection on a cost-of-service basis by calling the Waste Management Customer Support Centre at 780-496-5698.

Items that are accepted include:

  • regular bagged food waste, packaging, smaller worn-out household items
  • bundled or bagged yard and garden waste (tied branches must be under 4ft long)
  • rags/old clothes, broken dishes
  • broken glass (inside a marked puncture-proof container)
  • floor sweepings and sawdust. Please be sure to bag dusty materials. Note: All material must be properly bagged, bundled or put in approved cans. Please keep the weight to less than 20 kg so there's no risk of injury to your collector.

Please help us collect your waste more efficiently - Buddy-up your garbage and blue bags with your neighbour!

If you have front street collection:

  • place your garbage at the curb
  • remember to park your vehicle in your driveway
  • if there's road construction, put your waste where it is accessible

If your collection is in your rear lane:

  • place garbage within 3 metres (10 feet) of the rear lane
  • ensure the waste cans are easily accessible
  • if there is construction in the lane, place your waste at the front curb

Items that are not accepted include:

  • household hazardous waste (oven cleaners, paints, motor oil, pesticides, toilet cleaners, batteries, propane tanks, light bulbs, solvents, computer equipment)
  • large items (mattresses, box springs, furniture, televisions, stereos, sofas)
  • large appliances (fridges, stoves, freezers, dishwashers, hot water tanks)
  • building/renovation material (wood with nails sticking out, drywall, carpeting, lumber)
  • tree stumps/roots, manure, dirt or sod
  • tires, large metal auto parts
  • liquids
How Do I Obtain the Service?

Garbage and recycling are collected weekly on the same day of the week year-round, including statutory holidays. The only exception will be Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Residents are asked to check this website for alternative days closer to those dates.

To find your weekly collection day, visit the collection schedule page.

Garbage and blue bags must be out by 7am.

FAQ
What kind of garbage can should I use?

Your garbage can should be:

  • less than 100 litres in volume
  • have a secure, easily removable lid
  • have fixed (non-swiveling) handles

View the garbageman's choice poster to see a photo of the right can.

Waste will not be collected from oversize garbage cans. Residents who set out oversize garbage containers could face a $60 fine.

What can I do with the unacceptable items listed above?

Take them to a City Eco Station or the Edmonton Waste Management Centre. Eco Stations accept many items for free (e.g., household hazardous waste and electronics).

If you're not sure what can be recycled, thrown away or taken to an Eco Station, download the What Goes Where? poster.

How can I help my garbage collector work safely?

Read our Waste Collection Safety Tips. Your collector will be glad you did!

I'm building a new garbage stand. Any advice?

Sure. Sometimes stands can make it hard for collectors to do their jobs, but there are good stands that work well for you and your collector.

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