Recycling Depots are a simple service that helps divert waste from landfill. Sadly, there are some troubles at our depots.
|Simple and easy to use|
As the General Supervisor for Waste Drop-Off Services, Chris Fowler mentions that "Recycling depots provide an important service to the communities because residents and small businesses can drop their recyclable items 24 hours a day."
But Recycling Depots are not for dumping garbage. That's just plain illegal.
"We want to be able to trust people to use them properly and respect the bylaws so that we can maintain this convenient access," says Chris. "Recycling Depots are not designed to accept large items or household hazardous waste which can pose a risk for the staff and citizens who come in contact with it."
|A sad example of illegal dumping at a Recycling Depot|
- Materials collected (2012): 7,094 tonnes
- Illegal materials (2013 thru July): 266 tonnes
- Common types of illegal dumping:
- reno materials
- fridges & stoves
- TVs & monitors
- sofas & mattresses
The fine for illegal dumping is $250.
Items that cannot be sorted at a Recycling Depot should be taken to an Eco Station, a Big Bin Event, or the Edmonton Waste Management Centre. Visit edmonton.ca/waste for locations.
We need your helpWaste Management Services is working to reduce illegal dumping at Recycling Depots. The City will monitor depots and enforce bylaws.
If you see someone dumping at a Recycling Depot, please call 311 with details. If possible, note the date, time, location, and license plate of the vehicle.
- It is illegal to leave garbage, non-recyclable materials, and large items at Recycling Depots.
- Recycling Depots are monitored for illegal dumping and offenders could receive a fine of $250.
- The City has 20 Recycling Depots where residents and small businesses can take recyclable items such as: paper, shredded paper, boxes, cardboard, all recyclable containers and cans, plastic bags, and used cotton and denim.
- Recycling Depots DO NOT accept furniture, tires, home renovation materials, mattresses, appliances, fridges and household hazardous waste.
- Take these item to an Eco Station, the Edmonton Waste Management Centre or a Big Bin Event.
- Residents and small businesses can drop off recyclable items 24-hours-a-day at Recycling Depots.
- To report illegal dumping, call 311 with the details.