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Keep plastic bags out of your recycling.

Oops! Plastic bags are not acceptable in the Blue Recycling Bag as they get caught in the equipment at the recycling facility. Reuse bags as liners for garbage cans or for pet waste. 

Keep styrofoam out of your recycling.

Hazardous waste such as batteries, electronics and paint do not belong in your curbside carts or bags. Please bring these items to the City’s Mike Mitchell Recycling Depot to be recycled or disposed of safely. No fees for disposal for St. Albert residents. 

Keep hazardous items out of your waste.

Oops! Plastic wrap and overwrap are not recyclable. Please place these items in the garbage or consider choosing products with less packaging.  

Keep bottle caps, lids and pumps out of your recycling.

Oops! Napkins, paper towels, tissues and tissue paper are not acceptable for recycling. Instead, they can go inside the Green Organics Cart to be composted. 

Keep plastic bags out of your recycling.

Oops! Single use to-go drink cups and lids from coffee, smoothies, and fountain drinks are not recyclable and go in the Brown Garbage Cart. Instead, consider using a travel mug or bottle for beverages on the go.  

Keep plastic cutlery of your recycling.

Oops! Shredded paper is very messy and difficult to recycle. The pieces get stuck onto other recyclables, and get caught in the equipment at the recycling facility. Instead put shredded paper in your Green Organics Cart and it can be composted. 

Keep plastic straws out of your recycling.

Oops! Plastic wrappers from candy, chips, and chocolate are not recyclable. Please place these items in the garbage. 

Keep electronics out of your waste.

Go strawless! Say “no thanks” to a straw when dining out. Straws are not recyclable and go in the Brown Garbage Cart.  

Keep plastic toys out of your recycling.

Oops! Single serve cups and pouches from yogurt, pudding, and sauces go in the Brown Garbage Cart. These items are made of mixed of plastic and paper that cannot be recycled. Try buying yogurt and sauces in bulk and portioning them out in reusable containers. 

Keep media items out of your recycling.

Oops! Not all plastics can be recycled. Items like plastic toys are not acceptable in the Blue Recycling Bag. Donate or share with others if reusable, or place these items in the garbage.  

Keep sharps out of your waste.

Oops! Plastic clamshells from berries and baked goods are not acceptable in the Blue Recycling Bag. It may be helpful to cut or stack clamshells when placing them in the garbage. Or, consider choosing items in alternative packaging like cardboard cartons or paper bags. 

Keep styrofoam out of your recycling.

Oops! Not all plastics can be recycled. Household items like plastic toys, lawn chairs or laundry baskets are not acceptable in the Blue Recycling Bag. Dispose of large items through the City’s seasonal waste programs, or place these items in the garbage.  

Keep plastic wrap and wrappers out of your recycling.

Oops! Spiral wound containers from tea, coffee, nuts, and crescent rolls are not acceptable in the Blue Recycling Bag. These items are made of mixed of plastic and paper that cannot be recycled. Please place these items in the Brown Garbage Cart.   

Keep coffee pods and stir sticks out of your recycling.

Sharps such as syringes, needles, lancets and insulin supplies do not belong in your curbside carts or bags. Please bring these items to your local pharmacy in a sharps container to be disposed of safely. 

Keep shredded paper out of your recycling.

Oops! Glass bottles, jars, and containers are not acceptable in the Blue Recycling Bag. Glass is difficult to recycle as it can break at many points of the recycling journey. Anything broken cannot be recovered and must be sent to the landfill. Glass bottles and jars are accepted at the Mike Mitchell Recycling Depot and can also be reused for crafts or home storage.   

Keep coffee pods and stir sticks out of your recycling.

Hazardous waste such as batteries, electronics and paint do not belong in your curbside carts or bags. Please bring these items to the City’s Mike Mitchell Recycling Depot to be recycled or disposed of safely. No fees for disposal for St. Albert residents.

Keep shredded paper out of your recycling.

Oops! Coffee pods and stir sticks are not recyclable as they’re too small, and will fall between the equipment at the recycling facility. They cannot be made into something new, so please place these items into the garbage. Coffee grounds can be emptied and placed into the Green Organics Cart.   

Keep coffee pods and stir sticks out of your recycling.

Oops! Plastic trays from rotisserie chickens, fruit and veggies, and cookies are not acceptable for recycling. Please place these items in the Brown Garbage Cart. 

Keep shredded paper out of your recycling.

A 'handy' tip - you can recycle lids the size of your palm or larger. Anything smaller, such as bottle caps and pumps should be placed in the Brown Garbage Cart. These items are too small and will fall between the equipment at the recycling facility.  

Keep coffee pods and stir sticks out of your recycling.

Oops! CDs, DVDs, cassettes and VHS tapes are not recyclable. These items get caught in the equipment at the recycling facility and cannot be made into something new. Donate or share with others if reusable, or place these items in the Brown Garbage Cart. 

Keep shredded paper out of your recycling.

Oops! Non-deposit Tetra Pak containers, such as those from soup or broth, are not acceptable in the Blue Recycling Bag. Please place these items in the garbage.   

Keep coffee pods and stir sticks out of your recycling.

Oops! Plastic utensils are not recyclable and go in the Brown Garbage Cart. Carry a reusable set of utensils in your backpack or purse for meals on the go, instead of using disposable plastic.

Keep shredded paper out of your recycling.

Oops! Styrofoam (blocks, cups, packing peanuts and trays) is not acceptable for recycling. Please put these items in the Brown Garbage Cart.  


Not sure where an item goes? Click on "What Goes Where?" for sorting tips on the Be Waste Wise App!

For more information, please contact the following:

Phone: 780-459-1557
Email: wastewise@stalbert.ca

Last edited: May 1, 2019

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