I am extremely proud to live in Edmonton, which is a world leader in recycling and waste management (and former Earth Hour city). The City of Edmonton has some awesome programs and facilities, and there are also many other organizations in Edmonton that offer recycling programs. I’ve tried to put these all together in this Edmonton resource for recycling and waste.
Waste Wise App
The City of Edmonton’s Waste Wise app answers your questions about what goes where (garbage, recycling, eco station, reuse centre) – it’s super easy to use and very informative!
Edmonton homes have blue bag recycling that gets picked up along with garbage. You can also bring recyclables to recycling depots all over the city. Recycling depots accept paper (including shredded paper, newspaper and magazines), boxes, cardboard, plastic bags, and all recyclable containers, cans and bottles.
The City of Edmonton Reuse Centre is a wonderful resource for bringing things in that might otherwise end up in the garbage. They have a long list of accepted items that you should definitely look at to see what you can bring in to be reused. You can also go to the Reuse Centre to pick up all kinds of awesome stuff for repurposing and reusing – get a truckload for $5!
The City of Edmonton Eco Stations are convenient drop-off locations to bring your electronics and household hazardous waste like paint, batteries and light bulbs, and anything that does not belong in your garbage.
The City also holds Electronic Waste Collection Events periodically where you can bring in your electronic waste like cell phones, TVs, computers, batteries, etc.
There are many bottle depots in Edmonton that will give you money for your empties: cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles, drink cartons
- Small Appliances
- Packaging from our products including Styrofoam
- Plastic Bags
- Insurance Plastic Folders
- Alkaline & Rechargeable Batteries
- Cell Phones
- Compact Fluorescent Bulbs & Fluorescent Light Tubes
- Disposable Cameras
- Ink jet & Laser Cartridges
- Metal Film Canisters
- Any brand of pens & caps
- Any brand of mechanical pencils
- Any brand of markers & caps
- Any brand of highlighters & caps
- Any brand of permanent markers & caps
You can also recycle the following at Staples:
- ink/toner cartridges
Staples also has a paper shredding service to allow customers to dispose of their confidential information safely.
Large Items: (limit of 2/day)
IKEA accepts the following for recycling:
- compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)
- drinks containers
- cardboard and paper packing
Edmonton Valley Zoo
Edmonton Valley Zoo accepts the following for recycling:
- Cell phones & accessories
- Digital cameras
- iPods & MP3 players
- Handheld game systems
- GPS handheld units
- Portable hard drives
If you have old expired car seats, don’t throw them in the garbage. Kidseat Recyclers is based out of Calgary, and they periodically hold events in Edmonton (there’s a $10 recycling levy). I’ve also heard you could drop them off at the following places in Edmonton:
Wondering what to do with materials from a home renovation? This guide may be helpful for that.
Do you know of any other recycling programs in Edmonton?
(Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.)