• Waste Collection Schedules are changing in January

2019 Waste Collection Schedule

Beginning January 8, 2019, garbage, organics and recycling will be collected Tuesday-Friday every week in Okotoks. Monday collection days are being eliminated and new, more logical neighbourhood collection zones have been created. This means your day of collection may change – approximately 55% of households will have a change to their collection day.  

To find out whether YOUR collection day has changed:

  • Download the free Okotoks Waste app 
    (Available on Apple iTunes store or Google Play store)
  • Look up your Collection Day Schedule below, and sign up for personalized collection day reminders to help you transition to the new schedule (plus it's great for changes over Christmas and collection disruptions due to snow storms etc.)
    NOTE: Everyone who signs up for waste collection reminders or downloads the mobile waste app will be entered in a contest to win a tablet, starting in November!
  • See printable map below
  • Phone 403-938-8054 or send Waste Services an email

Sign up to win a tablet!

Sign up for free waste collection reminders and you’ll have the chance to WIN 1 of 2 smart tablets! Sign up by January 6, 2019 and you will be automatically entered into the draw. Those who have previously signed up for reminders before the contest announcement will also be eligible to win. Sign up for reminders either through the Town’s mobile waste app or through the online waste calendar. Full contest details below.

Look up your collection day
Online Collection Schedule Tool (My Okotoks Waste)

It's important for everyone to double check their collection day before January 8, 2019. Please use our online collection schedule tool to double-check your waste, recycling, and organics pick-up day. A few important notes:

  • Some minor adjustments and changes may occur to the schedule and/or zones prior to January 8, 2019.
  • Make sure you are putting out your organics cart on the right day! It's important to note your organics collection days, especially during the months of November through April when your green cart is collected every second week.

Printable Calendars, Zones and Maps

Find out what neighbourhood and zone you are in, as well as your collection day!

Collection Map and Calendar

Download and print the 4-day collection calendar and map for your neighbourhood and zone:

ODD ZONEs Calendar

EVEN ZONEs Calendar

Interested in seeing the collection schedule for the entire town? Click the link below!

Town collection Map

Neighbourhoods, Zones and Collection Days
NeighbourhoodCollection DayZone
Air RanchThursday5
Central HeightsTuesday1
Cimarron EstatesFriday7
Cimarron GroveFriday8
Cimarron MeadowsFriday7
Cimarron ParkFriday8
Cimarron SpringsFriday8
Cimarron VistaFriday8
Crystal GreenThursday6
Crystal ShoresTuesday2
Downey RidgeThursday6
Drake LandingThursday5
Heritage OkotoksWednesday4
Hunters GlenWednesday4
Sheep RiverWednesday4
Tower HillTuesday2
Contest Details

Read the full contest rules to find out how you can sign up for reminders for your chance to win a tablet. 

Contest Details
  • Draw will include all Town of Okotoks residents who have registered for waste reminders by midnight on January 6, 2019.
  • Contest closes on January 6, 2019 at midnight local time
  • There are a total of 2 smart tablets available to be won
  • This contest is open to all residents of Okotoks who are 13 years of age or older at time of entry
  • Town of Okotoks employees are not eligible to win
  • The only requirement for entry into the draw is having or signing up to a Waste Collection Reminder. Resident who have previously signed up for reminders before the contest announcement are also eligible to win. 
  • Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received before the contest closes. Limit of one (1) entry per person
  • Winners will be selected from a random draw on January 9, 2019. The winners will be announced publicly and may be asked for permission to use their photograph in the announcement.
  • No purchase is required
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the Town changing the waste collection schedule days?

The Town of Okotoks is changing the waste collection days for some residents to better accommodate the population growth Okotoks has experienced over the last 10+ years, prepare the town for future growth, and allow for more efficient pick-up routes (less time used to travel from one zone to another).

This schedule change will be in effect as of January 8, 2019. 

The new collection schedule was reconfigured to make routes more synchronized and efficient to:

  • Reduce schedule changes due to stat holidays by eliminating Monday collections (63% reduction in changes in 2019),
  • Reduce waste, organics and recycling truck traffic in residential neighbourhoods,
  • Lessen wear and tear on town streets from the reduced frequency of heavy truck traffic,
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Read the full news release

How will this waste collection schedule change benefit me?
  • By eliminating Monday collection, you will notice fewer changes in schedules due to stat holidays. Eliminating collection on Mondays will result in a 63% reduction in collection date changes overall. 
  • You'll notice less waste truck traffic in your neighbourhood. 
  • This schedule change will help the Town streamline processes and create efficiencies in the event of inclement weather or equipment failure.
  • No carts on residential streets on Mondays will also allow better coordination of street sweeping and snow clearing in residential neighbourhoods
When will the waste collection schedule change come into effect?

This schedule modification comes into effect January 8, 2019. 

Do all my carts (garbage, organics and recycling) still get collected on the same day?

Yes. Set out all 3 carts to be collected on the same day. There is also no change to collection set out times.

Please ensure that all items are placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on your new scheduled day to ensure pick-up. 

I have forgotten to place my waste, organics and recycling items at the curb on my new scheduled pick-up day. What do I do now?

We will continue to work with you to address concerns and help you transition through these collection changes.
Contact Waste Services by email or phone at 403-938-8054 for assistance if you miss your new collection day

Note: Please ensure that all items are placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on your new scheduled day to ensure pick-up. 

What can I do to ensure I don't miss a collection day?

The Town has an easy-to-use online notification tool that offers a simple way to help ensure you never miss a collection day again! Using just your address, you can access your own personalized Collection Schedule. With this tool you can:

  1. Import your personalized Collection Schedule to your online iCal, Outlook or Google Calendar
  2. View, download (PDF), or print your personalized Collection Schedule
  3. Sign up for personalized reminders by email, voicemail or Twitter.
  4. Download the Okotoks Waste Mobile App. The app will help you keep track of your collection days, special collection days, upcoming waste and recycling events, collection changes, identify 'what goes where' and more. 
What happens when a stat holiday falls on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday?

Collection may fall the day before or the day after the stat holiday to keep workloads manageable. When a stat holiday is approaching, check the mobile app or online schedule to ensure you know what day your collection is moving to. Or better yet, sign up for reminders so you get a convenient reminder anytime there is a change to your collection day due to holidays, snowstorms, equipment breakdowns etc!


What if I leave in a multi-family complex - will my garbage collection day change?

If you live in a multi-family complex that is serviced by the Town of Okotoks, your collection day may change. 

If your collection is managed by a private contractor your complex would not be impacted.

Sun - Mon: Closed
Tue - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed stat holidays.
  • Garbage, Organics and Recycling Inquiries: 403-938-8054 Contact Online
    Okotoks Eco Centre: 403-938-2652