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Garbage day. The mad dash to the curb every week by 7 a.m. in the hopes that you’ve put all the right things in all the right places, haven’t overfilled your carts, and placed them properly on the street for easy pick up.

Easy? Hmmmmm.

“Remember to take the garbage out” is a phrase that can start riots in the household. Not everyone wants to be tasked with figuring out “what goes where” in the myriad of what is garbage, organics or recycling. Then on top of that there’s spring and fall clean-up days, large item pick-up days, Christmas tree collection day, and so on and so on…

So, to help sort out the mess and make things easier, the City of St. Albert launched its BeWasteWise App. You’ll never miss your waste collection day again with this handy mobile App. It will send you reminders of your choosing – email, phone call, text message or Twitter! It will tell you when your collection day is, give you handy tips on what goes where, and offer help if you’re still sorting through some confusion.

Garbage day has never been easier!

Since launching, 950 households have searched their address on the App and 513 households have signed up to get waste collection reminders. The most popular reminder day picked – Monday. Good going St. Albert!

Of the 4,387 items searched so far in the “What Goes Where” tab on the App, some of the most popular items have been shredded paper, Styrofoam, plastic bags, plastic wrap, and plastic take out containers. If there is something that you can’t find in the items list, you can “suggest” to add it to the database for future use.

The BeWasteWise App is a great new tool to use in our environmentally friendly community. You can access the App on or download the App from Google Play or the App Store by searching City of St. Albert: BeWasteWise.

Happy Garbage Day everyone!

Last edited: December 18, 2017

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