Waste, Recycling & Organics


  • Tuesday-Saturday: 9am-5pm
  • Thursday: 9am-7pm
  • Closed Sundays, Mondays and statutory holidays. 

FREE COMPOST Saturday May 7th & May 14th, 2022 from 10:00am - 4:00pm at the Lagoon Site (just south of Spray Lake Sawmill Leisure Centre) Bring your own shovel, pails, bags to dig 2 pails worth per vehicle (approx. 40L or 30kg)


Wondering how to dispose of something? Try the What Goes Where tool.

When are your collection days? Click My Schedule and type your address into the Search bar. You can create personalized alerts so you never have to run for the truck again!

My Cochrane Collection even has a fun Hungry Carts waste sorting game for you and your kids!

Missed Collection?

Black, blue and green carts are collected on your scheduled collection days between 7am and 7pm.  In order for your cart to be collected it must;

  1. be rolled out by 7am;
  2. have 1 metre perimeter of space around each; 
  3. have the lid closed; and
  4. be free of contamination (items in the wrong cart).

If your cart met all requirements but was not collected please call us at 403-851-2277 with your name, address, phone number and colour of cart missed.  We will call you back by the next business day. 

Excess Waste Bag 

For extra waste, residents may purchase Town of Cochrane excess waste bags ($3 each) at the RancheHouse, Visitor Information Centre or the Eco Centre to set out 1M away from 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. 

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

Dispose of extra household waste and miscellaneous small waste items (small rugs, old garden hoses etc.) for a small fee: $3 per bag or $30 per level truck load. Waste must be contained within a clear or semi-transparent bag 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.

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 four stream diversion from all properties receiving collection (black, blue & green carts + Eco Centre).