Winter curbside waste collection schedule starts October 31
October 23, 2023

It may fall on Halloween, but the curbside collection winter schedule is nothing to fear! Starting the week of October 31, food scraps carts will be collected every two weeks. 

For residents, this means alternating the cart that is put out each week - black one week and green the next. Recycling will continue to be collected weekly. 

Driven by a sharp decrease in yard waste, less organic waste is produced in the winter months. By coordinating collection schedules to align with the volumes of waste produced throughout the year, the City of Edmonton can help our environment by reducing fleet emissions. It also helps manage the cost of waste collection to keep utility rates stable. Food scraps collection will return to weekly collection on April 2, 2024. 

To make winter waste collection easier for everyone, including collectors, residents can:
  • Clear snow and ice off their carts - don’t forget the wheels!
  • Use a bag of their choice in food scraps pail, or use a paper liner to stop food scraps from freezing to the cart.
  • Shovel a one metre space around their cart.
  • Set carts out for collection one metre beside or in front of windrows.
  • Store carts when not set out for collection against a fence or wall, away from cold wind.
For more information:
Residents can visit to confirm their waste collection schedule, or for additional tips and information. 

Media contact:
Communications Advisor
City Operations