Waste and Recycling

Bi-weekly recycling starts March 1, 2021. More information about the change to bi-weekly blue bag collection is being mailed with the January utility bill, but if you have immediate questions please call our Waste Hotline: 780-992-6218.

Bi-weekly Blue Bag Collection FAQ

1. Why did the City decide to switch to every other week blue bag collection?

  • Since the cart program was implemented in 2018, city staff and the collection contractor recorded a lot of households not putting their blue bags out every week. In some neighbourhoods, the collection truck would be driving around and have nothing to collect. Reducing collection frequency prevents wasted resources.
  • Reducing the service level decreases costs. These cost savings are passed down directly to utility rate payers. Households will save $0.83 on their monthly waste utility rate, helping to offset utility cost increases for water and sewer mandated by regional water commissions.

2. How do I know what weeks my blue bag is getting collected?

  • Bi-weekly blue bag collection begins on March 1, 2021.
  • Blue bags will be collected on the same weeks as your black garbage cart.
  • Collection schedules for the year can also be found anytime on the Fort Sask Waste app. You can also download your collection schedule here.
  • Residents can contact the Waste Hotline at any time to request a hard copy of the schedule be mailed to them.

3. I have a full blue bag every week, how am I going to last two weeks?

  • Households that actively recycle are encouraged to continue doing so! Blue bags that are full prior to collection day should be stored and set out alongside the black garbage cart.
  • Recyclables that are fully enclosed in a sealed blue bag can be stored outside (such as at the side of the house) if indoor or garage storage space isn’t feasible.
  • Unlimited amounts of recyclable materials can still be placed out for collection on collection day.
  • Households are encouraged to properly package their recyclable material to maximize space:
    • Cardboard and boxboard boxes should be broken down and flattened. Small boxes (such as a cereal box, shoe box, small to medium Amazon box, etc.) should be flattened and placed in the blue bag. Larger boxes (such as a TV box or other larger, thicker packaging) can be flattened and placed underneath the blue box for collection on collection day.
    • Flattened boxes should not exceed 100 centimetres in length or width. They should be cut prior to set out if they exceed the allowable dimensions.
  • No odorous items are accepted in the recyclable stream (such as diapers, food waste, food-soiled packaging, etc.), and all materials placed into a blue bag should be thoroughly rinsed first. Foul odours should not arise as a result from storing blue bags for two weeks.

4. Won’t this lower the City’s waste diversion rate?

  • Households can still place unlimited amounts of recyclables out for collection on collection day. For example, rather than placing one bag of recyclables out weekly, residents can place two bags out every other week. The same materials and the same quantities can still be recycled under this service level change.
  • If you are currently putting non-recyclable items in your blue bags on a regular basis, your blue bags may not get collected. Following the City’s sorting list may cause a reduction in your overall blue bag materials if you currently “wish-cycle” but this is a positive step towards ensuring all blue bag items are actually (and can actually) be recycled at the sorting and recovery facility.
  • View a comprehensive list of recyclable items

5. How can I get a hard copy of the updated collection schedule?

  • Updated collection schedules will be distributed in the local newspaper by the end of February.
  • Residents can contact the Waste Hotline at any time to request a hard copy of the schedule be mailed to them.
  • Collection schedules for the year can also be found anytime on the Fort Sask Waste app. You can also download your collection schedule here.

The City of Fort Saskatchewan provides residents with waste collection and disposal services, including:

  • Garbage (black cart)
  • Organics (green cart)
  • Recycling (blue bag)

 

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