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The separation is over!

Paper recycling is now placed in a clear blue plastic bag with your container recycling! There is no longer a cost savings to separating recyclables and combining (commingling) recycling will make it more convenient.

Preparing your recyclables

  • Recycling is collected every week on your collection day. 
  • Recycling may be collected at a different time than the organics or waste.
  • There is no limit to the amount of recyclables you can leave out for collection.
  • Recyclables are sorted at a materials recovery facility by both machines, and humans. Please ensure that all broken glass and sharps are wrapped and placed in your black cart and not placed in your recycling.
  • Keep your blue bag under 25 kg (50 lb)
  • Containers must be rinsed and dried and placed in clear blue plastic bags available at grocery and hardware stores. 
  • Cardboard must be flattened and each piece must be no larger than 0.6 m x 1 m (2 feet by 3 feet). Cardboard that doesn't fit inside the blue bag may be placed under or beside the blue bag. Any cardboard that can't be cut or folded down can be brought to Strathcona's recycling stations.

Acceptable recyclables
Containers must be rinsed and dried and placed in clear blue plastic bags available at grocery and hardware stores. The bag allows the collector to ensure only acceptable recyclables are put out for recycling. Unacceptable items contaminate the recycling process and lead to higher costs. Our recyclables currently goes to a local materials recovery facility (MRF).

If you have questions about what items are acceptable, call us or view the Waste Wizard


  • aluminium cans - rinsed (beverage, soup, vegetable etc.)
  • aluminium containers - rinsed (pie plates take-out containers)
  • baby bottle liners - rinsed
  • bottle caps
  • box board (cereal, Kleenex, cracker boxes, etc.)
  • bread bags
  • cardboard, flattened (can be placed underneath the bag or container)
  • catalogues cereal and other food boxes
  • cereal plastic liner
  • cheese wrapper (clean)
  • coffee cups (rinsed)
  • coloured paper
  • computer paper
  • cookie bag
  • corrugated cardboard, flattened (can be placed underneath the bag or container)
  • detergent boxes (emptied)
  • dry cleaning bags
  • envelopes (with or without plastic window)
  • flower pots, plastic (rinsed)
  • flyer inserts
  • fruit and bakery plastic containers
  • garden containers/potting cups (cleaned)
  • glass jars and bottles - rinsed
  • glossy paper
  • greeting cards
  • ice cream cartons, rinsed
  • ice cream pails - rinsed
  • junk mail
  • laundry detergent boxes (emptied
  • lids (plastic bottle and glass bottle)
  • magazines
  • medicine bottles (clean)
  • milk cartons (rinsed and flattened)
  • milk jugs, plastic (rinsed)
  • newspaper
  • paper bags
  • paper egg cartons
  • paper napkins, plates, cups (clean)
  • paper products
  • phone books
  • photos
  • plant pots, plastic (rinsed)
  • plastic bags including grocery bags
  • plastic bottles - rinsed
  • plastic containers - rinsed (yogurt, margarine, cottage cheese, etc.)
  • plastic film or wrap (with or without label)
  • plastic milk jugs - rinsed
  • plastic utensils (rinsed)
  • plastics #1 to #7 grade
  • pop bottles (or bring to a bottle depot)
  • Post-it notes
  • saran wrap
  • shampoo bottles (rinsed)
  • shoe boxes
  • shredded paper
  • Styrofoam egg cartons
  • Styrofoam meat trays (rinsed)
  • Styrofoam packaging
  • Styrofoam plates and cups, clean
  • tetra-paks
  • tin cans
  • tissue boxes
  • wine cork (plastic)
  • wrapping paper(no foil)  
  • ziplock bags (rinsed)


Winnifred Stewart, a local non-profit association, sells both compostable and blue bags. Call 780-451-5142 or visit their website for more details. 

If you notice another location that should be added, please let us know and we will add it to the list.

Have you ever wanted to know what happens to your recycling after it leaves the curb? 

Find out where it goes and why it is important to package it properly.


For further information

Last updated: Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Page ID: 39505