Recycling changes in effect

As of September 10, 2018, only blue bags with correctly sorted items will be 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.

Waste sorting changes came into effect on June 6. Thank you for working with us over the past few months.

We understand that change takes time. Learn more about the recycling changes and Green Routine 2.0.

Recycling materials are placed into clear blue plastic bags and are put out every week on your regular collection day.

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Recycling and collection day guidelines | Why use clear blue bags for recycling? | Acceptable recyclables | Recycling stations | Rural recycling events | Electronics and battery recycling | What happens to recycled items? | Keep our collectors safe | Recycle old shoes

Recycling and collection day guidelines

  • 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 rinsed and dried
  • 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

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 at least 46 cm (18") tall but no more than 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 recyclables

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

Ardrossan Recycle Station

80-3 Avenue, Ardrossan
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Open seven days a week, 24/7. The Ardrossan boy scouts help keep this station clean—keep them safe.

South Cooking Lake rural recycling events

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: Thursday, July 12, 2018
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