Organics & Automated Waste Collection Pilot

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The City of Fort Saskatchewan launched a pilot program to collect organics directly from households and to mechanize garbage and organics collection in April 2014. One thousand households across Fort Saskatchewan (200 households in five neighbourhoods) are included on the waste pilot.

In May 2016, City Council approved a new residential waste collection program to commence in the spring of 2018. The new program is designed to increase diversion and improve collection efficiency. The minutes of the May 10 Council meeting, including the supporting materials, can be accessed online.

Your participation and feedback in our pilot program will help the City refine our solid waste collection program for implementation city-wide in 2018.

If you have any questions or concerns, call 780-992-6248.


Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Why was my home selected for this program?

  • Where should I store my new carts?

  • Is there an additional cost associated with this program?

  • What is the difference between a compostable bag and an biodegradable bag?

  • I’m concerned about the potential odour of my organics cart. What can be done to manage this?

  • What happens when I am away from home on vacation, etc.?

  • Are my Solid Waste, Organics and Recycle carts collected every week or on alternate weeks?

  • Do I need to use blue recycle bags in my blue recycling cart?

  • Do I need to use garbage bags in my black waste cart?

  • Do I need to use a compostable bag or liner inside of my Organics cart?

  • What happens if I have more waste, recycling or organic material than can fit in my carts?

  • What happens if I don’t get my carts placed curbside on my regularly scheduled collection day?

  • What happens if one of my carts is stolen or damaged?

  • What will happen to the bins after the Pilot has ended?

  • How long will the pilot program run?