Edmonton Resource for Recycling and Waste

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. We use a baler from phswastekit.co.uk at work, it’s a really easy way to recycle and I’m so glad I’m doing my bit to save the planet!

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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!

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Recycling Depots

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. My friend recently told me that she’s started using Docusign integration in her workplace to reduce the amount of paper that’s being used. She says it’s amazing! Hopefully my employer will start implementing this too.

Reuse Centre

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!

Eco Stations

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.

Bottle Depots

There are many bottle depots in Edmonton that will give you money for your empties: cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles, drink cartons

London Drugs

I’ve written about London Drugs a few times because of their commitment to the environment. London Drugs accepts many products for recycling:

  • Electronics
  • 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


Staples & Terracycle have partnered to recycle writing utensils:

  • 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:

  • batteries
  • ink/toner cartridges
  • electronics

Staples also has a paper shredding service to allow customers to dispose of their confidential information safely.

Best Buy

Best Buy partners with e-Cycle Solutions and Call2Recycle so you can bring the following in to recycle:

  • Batteries

Large Items: (limit of 2/day)

  • TVs
  • Monitors
  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Printers


IKEA accepts the following for recycling:

  • compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)
  • batteries
  • 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
  • Laptops
  • E-readers
  • Portable hard drives

Kidseat Recyclers

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.)

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