Residential Waste & Recycling Program

2020 Curbside Collection of Compost, Garbage and Recycling

The Town is looking forward to another year of our community working together to decrease the amount of garbage being taken to the landfill.

Important facts about the Town’s expanded curbside collection of compost, garbage and recycling services are:

  • Compost, garbage and recycling are collected at the front curb.
  • The grey cart with garbage waste and the green cart with compostable material will be picked up bi-weekly year round on the day scheduled for each zone as shown in the 2020 Waste Curbside Collection Schedule.
  • The clear or blue transparent bags of recyclables will be collected bi-weekly year round [on the alternate week from the carts] as shown in the 2020 Waste Curbside Collection Schedule for each zone.
  • Compostable organic waste in the green carts will be emptied bi-weekly from November 1 to April 30 and weekly from May 1 to October 31 as shown in the 2020 Waste Curbside Collection Schedule for each zone.

For full details about the Town’s compost, recycling and garbage collection program, please click on the links below:

2021 Waste Collection Calendar

Green Cart "What goes IN and what stays OUT"

Acceptable Compostable Bags and Where to Buy Them

Acceptable Recycling Materials

Paper copies are available at the Town office at the Ponoka Civic Centre, address #200 5604 - 50 Street.

Scheduled Collection days are as follows:

Wednesday is Zone 2

[see map - between Highway 2A and the Battle River]

Thursday is Zone 1

[see map - east of the Battle River in Riverside area]

Friday is Zone 3

[see map - west of Highway 2A in Lucas Heights]

The green compost cart and the grey garbage cart will be emptied on the same collection day. The lid on the carts is to be closed with the wheels against the curb and they are to be 1 metre (3 feet) from each other plus any vehicles parked that may be close by for the truck with the automated arm to safely empty them.

The clear or blue transparent bags of recycle items will be collected on the alternate week and are to be placed at the curb for pick up.

Compost

The organic waste in the green carts will be emptied weekly from May 1 to October 31 and bi-weekly from November 1 to April 30.

Compostable material from yards and homes put into the green cart can be in compostable bags or loose in the cart [e.g. grass cuttings, plant material, branches must be cut to fit into cart with the lid closed, etc.].

The carts are to have the lid closed with the wheels against the curb and be 1 metre (3 feet) from each other plus any vehicles parked close by for the truck with the automated arm to safely empty them.

Please use only compostable bags and do not put plastics of any kind in the green cart.

Green Compost Cart Hints & Tips

  • putting some cardboard in the bottom of the green cart may help to prevent the compost material from sticking to the bottom of the cart;
  • using cardboard and/or newspaper between layers of compost helps to aerate the layers in the cart;
  • when using compostable bags for kitchen/food scraps, if they are frozen before putting them into the cart there is less chance of these bags sticking to inside of the green cart;
  • gently tap the outside of the cart to keep the compost material from sticking to the walls inside the cart;
  • whenever possible, stir the contents to prevent it from compacting in the cart – a broom or mop handle works very well to do this.

Click here for a list of "What goes IN and what stays OUT" of the green carts.

Garbage

The grey cart is to be used for bagged household garbage and will be emptied bi-weekly year round on the day scheduled for each zone as shown in the 2020 Waste Curbside Collection Schedule.

The carts are to have the lid closed with the wheels against the curb and be 1 metre (3 feet) from each other plus any vehicles parked close by for the truck with the automated arm to safely empty them.

Recycling

Items to be recycled are to be in transparent bags and placed at the curb for pickup.

Click here for a list of items accepted for recycling.

Steps to recycling:

  1. Rinse all cans and plastic #1 & #2 containers.
  2. Cans may be flattened to make more room in the bag.
  3. Keep all items separate (e.g. do not place items in plastic #1 or #2 containers).
  4. Rinse, remove labels and caps then crush plastic containers.
  5. Flatten cardboard boxes and box board. Remove all waxed paper, plastic, cellophane and plastic handles. Please keep it dry by putting it in a transparent bag.

Items that are not accepted in the Town recycling program:

  • Glass - ceramic/clay pots, plate glass, chinaware/porcelain, regular and fluorescent light bulbs, windows, mirrors, pyrex items.
  • Metals - gasoline/fuel containers, automotive oil containers, shock absorbers, all batteries.
  • Plastic - biodegradable bags, plastics #3 - #7, styrofoam plastics (cups, plates, etc.), styrofoam egg cartons, plastic bags that don't have a recycle symbol, plastic food wrap, diapers, dishes and cutlery, gasoline containers and motor oil containers.

Please call 403-783-0159 for more information and to report missed collections.