Thursday, April 13, 2017

WasteWise Spring Cleaning

It's time for indoor and outdoor spring cleaning, and the City of Edmonton is encouraging residents to be waste wise by following some handy tips.

Cleaning inside the house?

  • Recycle empty plastic jugs and spray bottles. 
  • Cardboard paper towel cores are recyclable, but the used paper towel goes in the garbage.
  • Drop off electronics, paint, batteries, lightbulbs, and corrosive or hazardous cleaning products, such as oven cleaners at an Eco Station for FREE
  • Large items such as sofas, mattresses, tables can be taken to an Eco Station. A small fee applies.
  • Consider reuse!
    Donate items you no longer need to a charity, or pass them on to a family or friend. Check the Reuse Directory to see what can be donated where.

Cleaning your yard?

  • Leaves and lawn thatch can be set out in a black garbage bag. Keep your bag light; help your collector by keeping your bags under 15 kilograms.
  • Tie your branches and brunsh into small bundles no more than 1.2 metres in length, and weighing no more than you can easily lift.
  • Put your broken garden hose in the garbage, not the recycling. It can jam machinery at the recycling sorting plant.
  • If you waste is collected in the alley, be sure to trim overhanging tree branches to allow easy access for garbage trucks.
Not sure where an item should go? Download our free WasteWise app on your phone or visit

Eco Stations are open Saturday and Monday, 9 am to 6:30 pm, closed Friday and Sunday, over the Easter  long weekend. For Eco Station locations and regular hours of operation, visit

Make sure you set out your waste by 7 am on your collection day. Due to heavier waste volumes in the spring, your waste may be collected earlier than in the winter time.

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