Keep sorting your waste, Fort Sask!

City seeing increase in contaminated organics and recycling, and increase in garbage going to landfill

We’re seeing an increase in overflowing garbage carts and high levels of contamination (non-compostable and non-recyclable items) in green organics carts and blue bags.

“In Fort Saskatchewan, we’ve seen a growing trend of more garbage going to landfill and less households fully utilizing their green carts and blue bags on collection day,” said Sadie Miller, Waste Programs Supervisor “The recycling and organics that make it to the processor are also more contaminated than they were at the start of the program, which can result in higher processing costs for the City.”

Contamination costs everybody! When too much non-compostable materials such as plastic goes to the composting facility, it takes resources and manpower to remove these contaminants. It also results in lower-quality compost, which impacts the facility’s ability to market the completed product. Over time this can result in Fort Saskatchewan residents paying more for processing.

“We know our community can sort and achieve success with our waste program because we’ve done it before,” stated Miller, “The work each household puts in today to divert material out of our landfills will benefit us in the long run.”

Here are some examples of what goes where: Green cart items include food scraps, soiled paper products, and garden trimmings. Plastic shopping bags, metals, rubber, and toys do not belong in the green cart. Your blue bag items include empty boxes, tin cans, and clean laundry detergent bottles (lid removed). Plastic grocery bags, food, toys, and foam packaging do not belong in the blue bag. Still need help? Use the Waste Wizard at to search items you’re unsure of, or download the Fort Sask Waste app.

If your black cart was not collected because it was overflowing and the lid was not closed, we encourage you to call the Waste Hotline (780-992-6218) for sorting resources. Cart lids must be closed in order to guarantee collection on your collection day. Contaminated green carts and blue bags will not be collected.

For more information about the waste program and to download the Fort Sask Waste app, please visit:

Fort Saskatchewan, home to more than 27,000 people, is a vibrant economic and cultural hub located in Treaty 6 Territory and Métis Nation of Alberta Region 4, just 15 minutes northeast of Edmonton. The City of Fort Saskatchewan proudly manages recreation, culture and historic amenities including a performing arts theatre and a fitness centre within the Dow Centennial Centre and the historic 1875 – 1885 NWMP Fort Representation in the heart of downtown. Located on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, Fort Saskatchewan boasts more than 80 km of paved trails along with many natural areas for residents to explore. As a City, we believe in diversity and inclusion and are working toward creating a city where all residents are respected and have a sense of belonging.