• Yard Waste

Yard Waste

When yard waste (leaves and grass clippings) is buried in the landfill, it doesn't turn into soil or compost because there's no oxygen. Instead, it creates nasty stuff like liquid leachate and methane, which contributes to climate change. By composting, this material is kept out of the landfill and given a second life as compost that can be used in gardens, yards and farms.

The Town of Okotoks is working towards separating yard waste from refuse as it is a valuable compost source.  Residents now have several options for various types of yard waste:

Try Grasscycling!

Residents are encouraged to grasscycle.  Grasscycling is the natural recycling of grass by leaving clippings on the lawn after mowing. Grass clippings will quickly break down, returning nutrients to the soil and can actually produce a healthier looking lawn.

Green Organics Carts for Yard Waste

All single-family homes in Okotoks have green carts for organics curbside collection. All  yard, food and pet waste are accepted in the green cart for weekly collection (bi-weekly November to April).  

A friendly reminder that your green organics carts will now be picked up bi-weekly from November through to the end of April! Please note that your blue recycling and black garbage carts will continue to be picked up weekly all year round!  The green cart is collected bi-weekly throughout the winter season because there will be little to no yard waste.

Yard Waste Drop-off Area at Okotoks Eco Centre

Residents may once again haul leaves and grass clippings to the yard waste drop-off area at the Okotoks Eco Centre.  No branches, roots, stumps, food waste or other refuse please.  Leaves and grass are also permitted in the  green organics carts, for more information visit okotoks.ca/waste.

Please note this drop-off area is for resident use only and is not intended for commercial operators.  Local contractors, please take your building waste to the Regional Landfill located in the MD of Foothills (www.mdfoothills.com).  The Okotoks yard waste drop-off area is monitored to ensure there is no illegal dumping.  

Curbside Leaves & Grass Collection

Simply purchase the official Town Cut 'n' Call Kraft paper bags or branch tags for $3 at the Municipal Centre, Operations Centre, Okotoks Recreation Centre, Safeway or Sobeys and we'll haul your material for you. For your convenience, the collection fee is built into the original price of the bag/tag when purchased.

  • Fill the bag(s) with yard waste (leaves and grass clippings).
  • Place bag(s) at front curb for collection.
  • Register your pick-up online (see Publications & Forms on the right of the page), or call 403.938.8054. Your bag will be collected weekly on Monday and Friday. In the event of statutory holiday(s), pick-up will move to the next business day.

Please Note: Store your Cut n' Call bags in a dry area prior to use. Other biodegradable yard waste bags will not be collected from your yard with this program because they do not contain the cost of collection within the cost of the bag.

Register online for pick-up 

Curbside Branch Collection

Simply purchase the official Town curbside collection branch tags for $3 at the Municipal Centre, Operations Centre, Recreation Centre, Safeway or Sobeys and we'll haul your material for you. For your convenience, the collection fee is built into the original price of the tag when purchased.​

  • Individual branches cannot be more than 1m (3') long, and must not exceed 7cm (2.8") in diameter.
  • Branch bundles cannot be more than 14kg (30lbs).
  • Place bundle(s) at front curb for collection.
  • Register your pick-up online (see Publications & Forms on the right of this page), or call 403.938.8054. Your bundle(s) will be collected on Monday or Friday. In the event of stat holiday(s), pick-up will move to the next business day.

REGISTER ONLINE FOR PICK-UP 

Seasonal Waste Services Programs

Pumpkin Composting

Please place your Halloween pumpkins into your green organics cart for recycling. If you do not have a green cart, pumpkins can be dropped off at the yard waste area beside the Okotoks Bottle Depot. No branches, roots, stumps, food waste or other refuse please!

Christmas Trees

Christmas tree curbside collection will take place on your regular collection day from January 9-20.  To check your collection date visit okotoks.ca/collectionschedule.  Please place the tree at your usual collection area and lay it on its side.  Do not put the tree in a plastic bag and please remove all decorations, tree stands, etc. 

You may also self-haul your Christmas tree to the grass and leaves drop-off area at the Eco Centre right after Christmas.

Publications & Forms

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