Waste & Recycling

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Cochrane is considering a change to bi-weekly garbage pick-up. Some of you don’t think this is possible for your household. We would like to accept that mission.

Thanks to everyone who applied to be a Mission Impossible? family! If your family was chosen, we'll be in touch!

The Town of Cochrane provides curbside collection of residential waste, recycling and organics.  Each eligible household receives three carts; a black cart for waste, a blue cart for recycling and a green cart for organics.  Please see the links to the left for detailed information on what will be accepted for collection in each cart.  The Waste Management Bylaw requires three stream diversion from all properties receiving collection.   

If you are moving into a newly built home and need your carts delivered, please call our Utilities department at 403-851-2521 to set up your account.

The Town of Cochrane Zero Waste Framework, in harmony with the Cochrane Sustainability Plan will allow us to achieve our Zero Waste goals through continuous planning and flexible and responsive program implementation. To learn more about the Town of Cochrane’s Zero Waste vision see Toward Zero Waste 2012, our Zero Waste Framework.

For a list of what goes where in your carts, see our Waste, Recycling & Organics Guide. This Guide is also available in print with a magnetic back to hang on your fridge at home.  Stop by the RancheHouse, Operations building or the Eco Centre for your copy! 

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Requirements for collection

Ensure your carts are at the curb or in the alley (depending on your collection location) by 7am on your collection day. The Town of Cochrane utilizes an automated collection system; only waste, recycling and organics contained within the carts are collected.

The Town of Cochrane provides each eligible household with:

  • One 120L waste collection cart (maximum contents weight 55kg)
  • One 240L recycling collection cart (maximum contents weight 110kg)
  • One 240L organics cart (single-family homes and duplexes) or 120L organics cart (townhomes)

Excess Waste

For extra waste, residents may purchase Town of Cochrane excess waste bags ($3 each) at the RancheHouse, Operational Services or the Eco Centre to set out beside their waste cart on collection day. No extra waste will be collected curbside unless it is contained within a Town of Cochrane excess waste bag. 

Missed Collection?

Collection occurs between 7am and 7pm.  We do not consider a collection missed until after 7pm on your collection day.  If your waste, recycling or organics collection was missed please call our Waste and Recycling Hotline at 403-851-2277, leave a message and we will return your call the next business day.  

Pay-As-You-Throw Waste Disposal at the Eco Centre

Dispose of extra household waste and miscellaneous small waste items (broken lawn chairs, old garden hoses etc.) for a small fee: $3 per bag or $20 per level truck load. Waste must be contained within a clear or semi-transparent bag.  Bags must be transparent enough to allow the Eco Centre attendant to determine if a bag contains recyclable or organic material.  No recyclable or organic material will be accepted in PAYT.  This program runs all year at the Eco Centre.