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Important Notice

In response to COVID-19, the Municipality has transitioned to an essential service approach for Municipal operations. Please be advised of the following:  

  • Recycling Depots are temporarily closed and curbside recycling has been suspended until further notice.
  • Curbside garbage collection will continue. Crews will now collect two bins of mixed garbage and recycling per house hold.
  • All materials must be bagged and placed inside of bins (crews will pick up any two bins, regardless of colour).
  • Collection will take place on your regularly scheduled collection day. 
  • Services for public and commercial users continue to be available. More information can be found here.

Your Collection Schedule

Garbage & Recycling Calendar

Use this municipal collection tool to search your address and make your own curbside collection calendar.

Wood Buffalo municipal curbside recycling and waste collection is proving a very effective way of diverting many tonnes of material from the landfill.

The municipality committed to waste diversion through recycling in order to:

  • Maximize the efficiency and operation of its municipal infrastructure
  • Eliminate the cost of developing a new Landfill
  • Demonstrate its leadership in protecting the environment

Garbage & Recycling Schedules

Discover the collection schedule for your neighbourhood by using the Garbage & Recycling Calendar.

Bin Contents & Preparation

Recyclable material must be clean and dry.

Bin #1 - Household Waste (Black)

Your regular household waste that you can’t recycle or compost includes:

  • Plastic film that has wrapped food
  • Contaminated cardboard and paper
  • Glass (can be recycled at Recycling Depots)
  • Garbage bin #1: Non-recylables


  • Place waste into plastic bags, then put the bag into the bin
  • Let hot ashes get cold, then double-bag them before placing the bags in the bin

Bin #2: Paper and Cardboard (Light Blue)

  • Newspapers
  • Mixed paper
  • Magazines
  • Paper bags
  • Envelopes
  • Phone books
  • Books
  • Reycling bin #2: paper and cardboard
  • Boxes
  • Cardboard egg cartons
  • Corrugated cardboard


  • Flatten boxes
  • Cut up larger boxes
  • Remove non-cardboard material such as wood, staples and Styrofoam
  • Remove windows from envelopes
  • Do not bundle; place material loose in the bins
  • Remove hard covers from books
  • Put dirty material in Bin #1 – household waste

Bin #3: Plastic, Metal and Non-glass Drink Containers (Dark Blue) 


    Recycling bin #3: plastic and metal
  • All plastics (except items for Bin #1)
  • Plastic pop & juice bottles
  • Tetra packs
  • Plastic milk jugs
  • Drink cans
  • Juice and milk cartons
  • Household aluminum products
  • Tin cans


  • Rinse
  • Fold tin can lids inside the can or place loose lids in the can
  • Remove lids, rinse and recycle

Note: Continue to recycle glass at any Recycling Depot or glass drink containers at a bottle depot.

Acceptable plastics must contain one of the following markings 

Acceptable Plastics


What to Keep Out of Bins

Never put the following in your bins:

  • Hazardous household waste
  • Electronic waste
  • Hot ashes
  • Sharp objects such as needles and syringes

Check out what hazardous and electrical waste can be taken to the Landfill anytime for recycling or proper disposal.

Take old prescriptions, needles and bio-medical waste to your pharmacy or the hospital for proper and safe disposal.

More Information

Call the Recycling Hotline at 780-743-7000 for:

  • Questions, issues or comments about the service
  • Reporting stolen or damaged bins
  • Reporting scavenging

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