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Safety tips for Edmonton residents on how to properly set out their waste to help make waste collectors' jobs safer and easier.

 June 17 is Waste Collector Appreciation Day. Waste Collectors work hard to ensure Edmonton is a safe and clean city that everyone can enjoy. You can show your appreciation year-round by learning how to keep your collector safe.

Used personal protective equipment (PPE), which includes face masks and gloves, cannot be recycled. Safely dispose of used PPE in a black bag with other landfill waste and make sure it’s securely tied off. This will help protect our crews when they are collecting and processing your waste.

The situation with COVID-19 is rapidly changing, as is the City of Edmonton’s response to the pandemic. At this time, the City is continuing to collect waste as normal.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

Our top priority is the health and safety of our collectors and residents. Please do your part to ensure our collectors can continue to safely pick up your waste.

  • Make sure all recycling and garbage is securely bagged. If you have carts, make sure to sort and set out your waste in the right cart.
  • Please do not approach your collector to show your appreciation. Thank your collector by sorting and setting out your waste properly, leaving a note on your bag, cart, driveway or parkade or wave from an appropriate distance. 

The City of Edmonton is also taking steps to keep collectors and residents safe, including:

  • Implementing physical distancing requirements of 2 metres
  • Promoting frequent hand washing and sanitizing
  • Communicating via cell phone and two-way radio rather than face-to-face

Help our Collectors Stay Safe in the Summer

The summer months can present a few safety hazards for our collectors. Please do your part to help keep them safe!
  • Keep it light.  Each bag should weigh less than 20 kilograms (44 lb). Tie branches into small bundles no more than 1.2 meter (4 feett) in length, and weighing no more than you can easily lift.
  • Ensure your carts aren’t overfilled in order to prevent waste from falling out and potentially creating hazards. Use the WasteWise app to properly sort your waste.
  • Make your waste accessible. Place blue bags as close to the street or alley as possible; avoid placing blue bags on top of or behind dirt piles, or within 1 meter of carts.
  • Box and label sharps, including glass, nails and metal scraps. Learn about safe needle disposal.
  • If you have front street collection, park your vehicle off the street on collection day, if possible. If you are unable to move your car off the street, ensure it is at least 1 meter away from any cart on the street. 
  • Clean up fallen fruit from your yard, keep your collection area tidy and ensure garbage and food scraps carts are completely closed to avoid attracting wasps.
  • Periodically wash out your carts and store them in a cool, dry place to prevent attracting wasps and other pests.
  • Remove wasp nests from your collection area. Consider placing an artificial wasp nest in the area to discourage wasps from building a nest there.
  • Avoid placing carts under power lines, trees or beside houses. Ensure your carts have 3 meters (10 feet) of clear space above them and 1 meter of space around them in all directions. 
  • Trim branches  but be mindful of when it's safe to trim branches (usually November to March). Learn more at
  • Be sure to set out your carts and blue bags by 7am on your collection day!

truck picking up waste bin

For More Information


In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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