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Recycling and collection day guidelines

Recycling is collected every week.

  • Recycling goes into clear blue plastic bags
  • There is no limit to the amount of blue bags you can leave out for collection
  • Ensure that all broken glass and sharps are wrapped and placed in your black cart
  • Keep your blue bag under 25 kg (50 lb)
  • Containers placed in recycling must be clean and free of food, liquids and dirt
  • Cardboard must be flattened and each piece must be 2 feet by 3 feet or smaller; cardboard can go inside the bag or be stacked beside or under the rest of your recycling
  • Cardboard that cannot be cut or folded can be brought to a recycling station
  • Mix heavier and lighter materials to prevent light bags from blowing away
  • Crush or squish containers to fit more materials into one bag
  • Shredded paper is not recyclable, please place it in your green organics cart

Although not recommended, using reusable containers to collect recyclables must meet the guidelines in Bylaw 39-2014, in terms of type, size and weight. 

  • Containers and contents must weigh less than 25 kg (50 lbs)
  • Containers must be between 46 cm (18") tall and 76 cm (30") tall
  • Containers must have proper handles for lifting
  • Be made of plastic, metal, or other impermeable material
  • Be in good condition/repair

Why use clear blue bags for recycling?

  • Cleaner neighbourhoods: blue bags keep recycling contained, so it does not end up all over your street on windy days or if your recycling is accidentally dumped when being collected.
  • Keeps utility fees down: contaminated recycling leads to higher processing costs, which increases utility fees. Blue bags are see-through, so collectors can quickly scan the contents for contaminants such as waste or organics.
  • Keeps our collectors safe: blue bags are easier for collectors to handle. They can easily toss the bag into the recycling truck.
  • Efficient service: blue bags are easier to spot than transparent bags, especially in winter.

Acceptable materials

Containers must be cleaned, dried and emptied. No lids or caps. Our recyclables currently go to a local materials recovery facility. You can also search items using the waste wizard.

Aluminum cans               Detergent bottles (cleaned)                           Office paper
Aluminum containers (clean and in original shape)                                           Detergent boxes (emptied) Paper bags
Aluminum pie plates (clean and in original shape) Envelopes Paper egg cartons
Books (covers removed)   Flyer inserts Paper plates (cleaned)
Boxboard  Glossy paper Phone books (covers removed)                                
Cardboard (flattened) Greeting cards (decorations removed)                     Pop bottles
(no caps)
Catalogues Ice cream pails (no lids) Post-It notes
Cereal boxes  Large yogurt containers
(no lids)                                                         
Shampoo bottles (no lids)                     
Cookie or cracker boxes Mail Shoe boxes
Coloured paper Margarine containers
(no lids)              
Textbooks (covers removed)
Computer paper Medicine bottles Tin cans
Condiment bottles (no lids) Milk cartons Tissue boxes
Corrugated cardboard Milk jugs (no lids) Wrapping paper (no foil)
Craft paper Newspaper  

Recycling stations

Strathcona County has two recycling stations and monthly rural recycling events. Broadview Enviroservice Station is located within Sherwood Park and there is a permanent station at Ardrossan, and monthly rural recycling events at South Cooking Lake.

Recycling changes in the County

Due to global recycling changes, some of the materials you discard are no longer recyclable. This changes what is accepted for recycling in your blue bag and at the recycle stations.

Residents are responsible for properly disposing of materials they no longer need. Check out our waste sorting tools to help you with your waste sorting, including the Waste Wizard, a printable A to Z list of items, the Green Routine waste services guide, a waste sorting game, and a Green Routine waste collection app. 

Top three tips for blue bag sorting

1. Plastic films and plastic flexible packaging come OUT. Remove these materials from your blue bag, including lids and caps. They need to go in your black waste cart. Reuse where possible.

2. Styrofoam and glass come OUT. Remove these materials from your blue bag. You can take large Styrofoam packaging and glass (excluding mirrors and tempered glass) to the Broadview Enviroservice Station (101 Broadview Road, Sherwood Park).

3. Keep your blue bags cleaner than ever before. Clean means taking extra care to ensure items in your blue bag are recyclable and free of foods, liquids and dirt.

My bag wasn't picked up!
If your blue bag isn’t picked up, don’t worry. Look for the sticker - it will note what needs to be removed or changed. Once you’ve done so, your bag can go out for collection the following week.   


Still recyclable
Just lids
What's the deal with glass?
Shredded paper

Keeping our blue bags clean

Adapting to global change

Image showing that only 36% of what's in the black cart is actually waste. The rest can be diverted from the landfill.

Waste, your black cart and the landfill

Help keep our collectors safe!

Collectors work hard to make sure your recycling is picked up. Help them reduce their chances of injury by following these tips:

  • Keep blue bags of recycling 25 kg (50 lbs) and under
  • Broken glass and other sharp materials go in your black waste cart
  • Securely tie your blue bags 

More information

Last updated: Wednesday, October 12, 2022
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