Published on July 13, 2022

Curbside Waste Education Team is Out and About

The Curbside Waste Education team is back in action and has been out and about since May visiting St. Albert neighbourhoods to carry out quick checks and provide tips on how to best sort and set out your household waste.

The Curbside Waste Education Program was created in 2017 and has been encouraging proper waste sorting and gathering information on common waste questions ever since. In 2021, the team visited 7,841 households! Check out the 2021 Curbside Waste Education Program Summary Report to see what they found.

What’s Been Noticed So Far?


Clamshells are one of the most common missorted items found in Blue Recycling Bags. Examples of clamshells are berry, mushroom and salad packaging or plastic takeout containers. They are made of flimsy, low quality plastic and belong in the garbage.

Plastic Bags

Plastic bags are often found in the Green Organics Cart but really belong in the garbage. This includes plastic wrap food packaging as well. Plastic in organics can lower the quality of compost and may lead to increased program costs.

Waste team checking for clamshells

How Can I Find Out What Goes Where?

If you’re unsure of which item goes where in your Brown Garbage Cart, Green Organics Cart or blue recycling bag – we have an app for that! A simple way to search for how to properly dispose of hundreds of household items is on the BeWasteWise app which you can download on your phone today or check it out on your desktop.

Brown and Green waste carts waiting on the curb for pickup

If you find that you have more garbage than can fit in your Brown Garbage Cart you request an additional cart or purchase extra garbage bag tags and dispose of it at the recycling depot. Also, be sure to take advantage of the City’s seasonal waste diversion programs such as Curbside Large Item Pick Up which happened in June and Large Item Drop Off taking place on September 10.

For more information on the Curbside education program, visit our website.

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Last edited: July 13, 2022