Organics and waste carts
Recycling changes in effect
As of September 10, 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.
Your carts and how to use them
The waste system depends on having materials correctly sorted.
If any materials other than organics are put in your green cart, or if food scraps are in with your recyclables, your containers will not be collected. A sticker will be left explaining why the materials were not collected. You will be responsible for repackaging the materials for collection. Carts must weigh less than 90 kg or 200 lbs otherwise the cart cannot be lifted and emptied.
Does your cart need repair?
Utilities will repair or replace any cart that breaks or cracks through normal use at no charge. Carts that are damaged by improper use or abuse will be subject to a replacement and service fee. Contact us to arrange a repair.
Carts allow automated collection.
Green For Life Inc. (GFL) is Strathcona County's residential waste collector. GFL uses special trucks equipped with a mechanism that will lift the carts and dump the contents into the truck and return it safely to the ground. An automated system provides a more reliable service and is safer for the waste collection operators. The trucks run on compressed natural gas (CNG), which reduces greenhouse gases by 20 to 25 per cent.