Composting

Acceptable items for your organics cart

  • Leaves, weeds, and grass clippings
  • Fruits, vegetables and their peelings
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Tea bags
  • Food soiled paper towel, napkins, pizza boxes
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Small pieces of clean (minimal graphic) cardboard
  • Newspaper
  • Cold ashes (from untreated wood)

Collection occurs November to April on a bi-weekly schedule and May to October on a weekly schedule. View the Yard Waste Collection Schedule.

Extra Waste

You can either use the landfill or you may purchase a solid waste collection tag for $5.00 per tag at City Hall, Public Works or at the Aquatic Centre. 

Household Hazardous Waste

Every year the City of Camrose hosts a Household Hazardous Waste Round Up on the third Friday and Saturday in June and the first Friday and Saturday in October. This event is located at the Public Works Yard at 4202 – 51 Avenue.

Unused household products that contain corrosive, toxic, flammable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be household hazardous waste. These materials should not be put in the trash or poured down the drain. Instead, reduce the use of chemicals or use safer alternatives and make use of the Household Hazardous Waste Round Up for safe disposal of your household hazardous wastes.

Landfill

View the landfill webpage.

Preparing Your Carts

Set out carts before 7:45 am to guarantee collection according to your collection calendar. For the organic and waste cart the maximum cart weight cannot exceed 50 kg.

Preparing your waste cart

  • Ensure cart lids are completely closed
  • Please do not overfill the cart
  • Keep household hazardous waste out of the cart
  • Keep carts a metre away from any obstruction

Recycling

A monthly recycling fee is on each utility bill in Camrose. These funds are to operate the Recycle with Centra Cam collection depot and other recycling programs such as glass, plastic and e-waste recycling. Residents also have multiple different recycling options in Camrose.

Recycle with Centra Cam

Centra Cam is located at 4402 - 51 Avenue and is open Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. A wide variety of products are accepted in the 24/7 drop-off bins. Special drop offs such as e-waste, fluorescent tubes and paint can be dropped off. Visit the Centra Cam website for more information.

Reducing Your Waste

When reducing your waste in the home, it's best to use alternatives to different disposables like:

  • Paper towel
  • Garbage liners
  • Wax paper
  • Disposable plates
  • Cups

You can reduce paper waste by cancelling any unwanted mail you get. When something is broken, try to repair it before buying a replacement. Using cloth diapers is another great way to reduce waste.

Water and bottles

You can drink tap water to reduce bottle waste and refill your shampoo, conditioner, body wash and hand soap containers.

Separate your items

Some recyclables can take up a lot of space in your garbage can or bag:

  • Cardboard
  • Newspaper
  • Tin Cans
  • Glass
  • Milk Jugs
  • Milk Cartons

If you separate the above items you can take them to the Centra Cam Recycling Depot located at 4402 - 51 Avenue for recycling. View Centra Cam's full list of what they recycle.

Bring in your refundable containers

Take your refundable containers to the local bottle depot. This will not only reduce your household waste and help the environment but you will make some extra money. Below are a list of containers that are refundable: 

  • Plastic drinking bottles from pop, water, and juice
  • Plastic Jugs, poly cups, and bottles
  • Aluminum cans from pop, juice, and energy drinks
  • Polycoated containers from juice
  • Bag in a box and juice pouches
  • Glass bottles
  • Other metal cans from tomato juice

Selective Shopping

  • Shop with reusable shopping bags made from canvas or use string bags
  • Take your own mug or thermos to the coffee shop (some shops offer a discount price when you provide your own container)
  • Avoid disposable razors, pens, pencils, and lighters
  • Choose rechargeable batteries and long-life light bulbs.
  • Buy in bulk

Schedule

Collection starts at 7:45 am on your collection day and may not be completed until 7:00 pm. If you have any concerns, contact Waste Connections of Canada at 780.679.0409.

Collection day

To guarantee collection:

  • Have your carts ready for pickup by 7:45 am
  • Keep the lid closed
  • Carts should be level on the ground
  • Keep carts a metre away from any obstruction

Front street collection

Place your carts with wheels touching the curb of the street (at the mouth of your driveway touching the edge of the gutter,) with the cart facing forward, away from your home. Use the arrows on the cart to guide you.

Back lane collection

Place your carts with wheels touching the edge of the lane or in front of your driveway with the cart facing forward, away from your home. Use the arrows on the cart to guide you.

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