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Recycling

Okotoks continues to be a leader in environmental sustainability. Residents have reduced the amount of total waste sent to the landfill by approximately 2,500 tonnes each year.  Thank you all for your contributions to reducing our community’s environmental footprint.

2016 Enhanced Waste Services Plan

Town Council approved the implementation of universal recycling (blue cart) and organics (green cart) collection that started on October 3, 2016.

News Release

Town Council addressed concerns expressed by residents regarding the Universal Cart Program at the Town Council meeting on Monday, September 12, 2016. The program moved forward on October 1 2016; however there werespecific changes that resulted from community feedback.  

Starting the week of September 19, the green (organics) carts were delivered to all single-family households and blue (recycling) carts were be delivered to single-family households that were not currently subscribed to the blue (recycling) cart program.  

Residents started using their carts as of October 2016, at the same location as garbage pick-up (front curb or back alley) and on their regular scheduled cart collection day.

For the 67% of Okotoks single-family households (approximately 5,300 homes) who already subscribed to the blue cart program, there was no changes to billing and the fee remained the same for the duration of 2017.

Single-family households who were not currently subscribed to the blue (recycling) cart program had the opportunity to experience the benefits of the blue cart curbside program at no charge in October, November and December. After this period of time, any household who no longer wishes to continue with the convenience of the curbside recycling has the option to opt out by February 28, 2017. To opt out of the program, call Waste Services at 403-938-8054. 

Town Administration will be reporting back to Council in April 2016 with a review of the program and will continue to advance opportunities to increase diversion within other sectors of the community including multi-family residents and commercial/institutional buildings.

Town Council would like to thank those who engaged in respectful, and constructive feedback regarding the Universal Cart Program over the past few months.  We can all be proud that we are making a commitment to rethink waste.  Changing our habits can be difficult but necessary for future generations. 

For more information on the Universal Cart Program visit http://www.okotoks.ca/waste

Universal Recycling (Blue Cart) Program
Universal Organic (Green Cart) Program

Self Haul to the Okotoks Eco Centre

The Okotoks Recycling Centre has evolved from a small Town depot to a full-service Eco Centre.  We are excited to provide even more recycling options to our customers, such as electronics, hazardous waste, car batteries etc.  The Okotoks Recycling Centre moved into a brand new building on Monday, April 18, 2016. The new Okotoks Eco Centre is located adjacent to the old site on the south side.   

New hours for the Okotoks Eco Centre as of January 1, 2017 as follows:

  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 am to 5 pm
  • Thursday, 10 am to 8 pm
  • Saturday, 8 am to 5 pm 
  • Sunday, Monday and all statutory holidays, closed.

The Eco Centre takes the following items:

Paper
  • clean, dry newspapers
  • ​packing paper
  • comics
  • all newsprint type flyers.
  • Office Paper
  • photocopy or tablet paper
  • any coloured bond paper or loose leaf
  • message note paper & fax paper
  • file folders & cards
  • ‘post it’ notes, bills & receipts
  • construction paper (even with kid’s art)
  • Mixed Paper
  • container labels
  • brown bags
  • all envelopes
  • blueprints & shredded paper
  • phone books
  • magazines, shiny flyers & catalogues
  • egg cartons & paper coffee cups (even waxed lined)
  • toilet paper and paper towel rolls
  • boxboard (cereal type boxes)
Corrugated Cardboard
  • boxboard (cereal type boxes) should be recycled with mixed paper
Glass
  • clear and coloured glass
  • jars (clean with labels removed)
  • window glass
Metal
  • food cans (clean with labels removed) & pop cans
  • tin foil
  • jar lids and other small metal objects
Plastics

Plastics accepted are marked with a recycling code and must have labels removed. Plastics will be sorted according to the # sign on the bottom of the container. All plastics marked with a recycling code are recyclable.

A few specific examples are:

  • #1 PETE
  •  clear pop bottles
  • clear salad bottles
  • clear 4 litre water jugs
  • all other plastics marked #1
  • #2 HDPE
  • Milk bottles
  • clear vinegar jugs.
  • #2 HDPE
  • Windshield washer containers,
  • coloured shampoo bottles
  • all other plastics marked # 2
  • #3 PVC
  • All other shampoo bottles
  • clear dishwashing containers
  • all other plastics marked #3
  • #4 LDPE
  • bread and grocery bags
  • produce packaging
  • plastic cling wrap and film
  • #5 PP
  • peanut butter containers
  • plastic cutlery
  • caps and closures for bottles
  • all other plastics marked #5.
  • #6 PS
  • all plastics marked #6 or #7 (excluding polystyrene e.g. styrofoam)
Niche Items
  • Empty Motor Oil Containers
  • Paint & Aerosol Paints
  • Alkaline & Rechargeable Batteries, Car Batteries
  • Printer & Toner Cartridges
Tassimo & Keurig Coffee Products

The Okotoks Recycling Centre accepts Tassimo products for recycling.

Used T-discs (grounds and all) and the outer foil packaging are accepted. The cardboard box can be recycled through our standard recycling program. Please note: the Tassimo products are not part of the Blue Cart recycling collection program.

Use a Keurig? K-cups can be separated, cleaned and recycled through the Town’s recycling program. Please note: the used filter and grounds cannot be recycled.

Now accepting Clothing, Footwear and Household Linens!

The Okotoks Eco Centre has evolved from a small Town depot to a full-service Eco Centre!  We are excited to provide even more recycling options to our customers, such as electronics, hazardous waste, car batteries and now used CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND HOUSEHOLD LINENS!  Your support helps the Clothing for a Cause organization that funds student education and legal services in Haiti.

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Blue Cart Subscription Program ended October 1

Households who no longer wish to continue with the convenience of the curbside recycling will have the option to opt out by February 28, 2017.  To opt out please call Waste Services at 403-938-8054.

Blue Cart Program Opt-out Option Details

Households who no longer wish to continue with the convenience of the curbside recycling will have the option to opt out by February 28, 2017.  To opt out please call Waste Services at 403-938-8054.

Sun - Mon: Closed
Tue - Wed: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Okotoks Eco Centre: 403-938-2652
    Garbage and Recycling Inquiries: 403-938-8054 Contact Online

Okotoks Eco Centre

Sun - Mon: Closed
Tue - Wed: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Contact

  • Okotoks Eco Centre: 403-938-2652
    Garbage and Recycling Inquiries: 403-938-8054 Contact Online