Blue Recycling Bag
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The City of St. Albert provides the Blue Recycling Bag program to all single-family households and some multi-family homes and condo complexes. Residents can place an unlimited number of Blue Recycling Bags out for collection on their household's waste collection day.
What Goes in the Blue Recycling Bag?
Download the "What Goes Where?" Quick Sorting List or search for specific items using the tool below.
Frequency of Collection
Blue Recycling Bags are collected every week throughout the year on your household's designated waste collection day.
Please refer to the Collection Schedule for specific details.
Tips for Collection
- Corrugated cardboard can be flattened and placed underneath the Blue Recycling Bag. Please keep the cardboard dimensions to a maximum of 3 ft by 3 ft
- There is no limit to the number of Blue Recycling Bags a household can set out
- Blue Recycling Bags must not exceed 15 kgs (33 lbs) per bag
- Please remember to place the bags out by 7:00 a.m. on your household's waste collection day
- Items must be empty, clean, and dry. No food or liquid residue
- Numbered triangles on items do not mean the item is recyclable, but that it is made with plastic content
- 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
Acceptable vs. Unacceptable List
|Boxboard||Plastic bags, wrappers & wrap|
|Books (with hard and softcovers removed)||Styrofoam blocks, cups, packing peanuts & trays|
|Bottle deposit containers (not including glass)||Non-packaging plastic (e.g. laundry baskets, lawn chairs & toys)|
|Corrugated cardboard||Glass bottles, jars and containers (Accepted at the Recycling Depot)|
|Flattened milk jugs||Single-use cups (e.g. yogurt, pudding & sauces) and to-go cups (from coffee, fountain drinks & smoothies)|
|Food cans & tins||Shredded paper, napkins, tissues, paper towels & tissues paper (Accepted in the Green Organics Cart)|
|Hard plastic tubs, bottles, lids & containers (e.g. shampoo, ketchup, sour cream, etc.)||Plastic clamshell packaging|
|Magazines & phone books||Chip cans & spiral wound containers|
|Newspapers & flyers||Non-deposit Tetra Pak containers|
|Office paper, envelopes, craft paper||Plastic dishware, ceramics & glassware|
|Paper egg cartons||Coffee pods & drink pouches|
|Paper greeting cards and gift wrap (no tissue paper, foil, glitter or decorations)||Single-use plastic straws & utensils|
|Scrap metal and construction & demolition materials|
|Electronics and hazardous waste|
Changes for Blue Recycling Bag
The recycling program in St. Albert changed as of November 1, 2018. Due to new global restrictions on recycled material, municipalities throughout the Edmonton Region and beyond are adapting to the changing market for recyclables.
Common items such as glass bottles and jars, single-serve ‘to-go’ coffee cups and clamshells are not accepted in the Blue Recycling Bag. Material that cannot be recycled should be placed in the Brown Garbage Cart or the Green Organics Cart, depending on the item. Glass bottles and jars are still accepted at the Mike Mitchell Recycling Depot.
Unfortunately, if an item cannot be made into a new product, it cannot be collected for recycling. Before the program changes, many collections were contaminated with unacceptable items such as plastic bags, wrappers, plastic toys, and food residue or liquids. Unacceptable materials, including food residue and liquids, compromised the clean recycling.
To learn more about what is accepted in the Blue Recycling Bag, please see the chart below or view the "What Goes Where?" Sorting List
Residents are encouraged to learn more about how to reduce waste by using reusable items such as coffee mugs, utensils and grocery bags instead of single-use items. Glass jars can also be reused for crafts and home storage.
Last edited: December 1, 2020