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.
Town Council approved the implementation of universal recycling (blue cart) and organics (green cart) collection that started on October 3, 2016.
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:
- clean, dry newspapers
- packing paper
- 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)
- boxboard (cereal type boxes) should be recycled with mixed paper
- clear and coloured glass
- jars (clean with labels removed)
- window glass
- food cans (clean with labels removed) & pop cans
- tin foil
- jar lids and other small metal objects
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)
- Empty Motor Oil Containers
- Paint & Aerosol Paints
- Alkaline & Rechargeable Batteries, Car Batteries
- Printer & Toner Cartridges
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.
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.
Do you know how to properly dispose of your waste?