Eco Centre

Christmas tree collection

Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm

Closed Sunday, Monday & Statutory holidays

This self-sort facility is located at 50 Griffin Industrial Point.  Attendants are on-site at all times and reserve the right to refuse material due to site capacity restrictions.  Our Health and Safety policy restricts scavenging in the yard.  

For information on applicable costs, please go to Rate & Fees.  

Items accepted Year Round 

Book Room

  • Miscellaneous - cell phones, eyeglasses, pop can tabs rechargeable & alkaline household batteries, fluorescent tubes,   CFLs (please handle all bulbs with mercury carefully).  More than 4 tubes=charge of $0.30/ft.
  • Book exchange - trade your old but readable books for new ones.

Main Building 

  • Newspaper & newsprint
  • Mixed paper - coloured paper, wrapping paper, brown paper, envelopes (except bubble), junk mail, magazines, phone        books, office paper, shredded paper (loose in the mix paper bin).
  • Plastic bags & film - plastic wrap, plastic film, re-sealable bags, grocery bags
  • Mixed plastics - plastic jugs & bottles, tubs, pails & clamshell containers, car seats, booster seats
  • Beverage containers - Pop, beer, water, wine & juice bottles, milk and juice cartons and tetra packs

Side Yard

  • Food Waste Composting - Bring food waste to the Cochrane Eco Centre where it will be turned into high quality                  garden and landscape compost. Please bring your food waste in a sealed bucket or certified compostable bag and                empty into the designated bin.  
  • Oil waste - used motor oil & transmission fluid up to 40L/week/household 
  • Paint Drop-off - cans and aerosols accepted up to 20L/week/household
  • Hazardous Waste - please ensure your chemicals are clearly labelled, sealed and if possible in original containers.  This includes all household chemicals, solids, liquids & tanks.

  •  Anything with a symbol like this, we will accept, up to 5L/week/householdhazardouswaste

Back of Main Building

  • Glass & jars - food bottles & jars.  No ceramics, pottery, mirrors, light bulbs or windshields.
  • E-Waste - monitors, laptops, printers, faxes, cables, mice, keyboards, TV's....anything with an electrical cord
  • Clothing & Textiles - gently used and clean clothes, blankets, towels, linen and shoes & textiles
  • Cardboard - clean and dry flattened cardboard, corrugated cardboard, boxes & tubes, egg cartons
  • Vehicle batteries - please see on-site attendant
  • Mixed metal & tin - tin food cans, tin foil, pie plates, scrap metal, bbq's (remove hoses, plastics & tank)
  • Bicycles - Bicycles donated are free for the taking.
  • Appliances - fees apply
  • Expanded Polystyrene Styrofoam- packing foam, packing foam peanuts (must be bagged), foam serving ware, take out containers, meat trays, egg cartons.  All foam must be clean of residue and free of tape/labels.  No spray foam, textile, furniture or insulation foam. Film foam goes with plastic bags.

Pay-As-You-Throw Waste Disposal
Dispose of extra bagged household waste and miscellaneous small waste items (broken lawn chairs, old garden hoses etc.) for a small fee of $3 per bag or $30 per truckload. Waste must be contained within a clear or semi-transparent bag 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.

For more information on applicable costs, please go to Rate & Fees.

Items we do not accept

  • Needles - Dispose of sharps safely at Cochrane pharmacy locations.  Needles must be in a sealed, puncture proof container with a tight fitting lid.
  • Mattress & boxspring - Calgary landfill otherwise recycles them
  • Tires - return tires to your favorite Cochrane retailer or dealership for recycling
  • Furniture - donate if possible, if not it goes to Calgary landfill
  • Water Softener - goes to Calgary landfill
  • Fitness Equipment - treadmills & other large pieces of fitness equipment go to Calgary Landfill
  • Construction waste - fence, drywall, treated wood, cement, etc. goes to Calgary landfill
  • Clean Fill - up to 10Kg's a week can go in the green cart, more than that goes to Calgary landfill

Leaves & grass bin CLOSED until April 2020

Leaves, grass, non-invasive weeds and garden debris go in the leaves and grass bin.  There are no bags allowed in the leaves and grass bins.  If you come with bags, please dump the leaves and grass into the bin and either recycle or reuse your bags.  


Tree trimmings and branches go in the branches bin.  Maximum branch/tree diameter is 15 cm and length is 1.5 metres and limited to 1/2 a level pick up truck load (standard 6 ft box)/user/week due to limited site capacity.

Organics cart

Your curbside organics cart can take up to 10Kg's of sod, rocks, soil & plants every collection.  

Clean fill & Commercial businesses

The Seasonal Yard Waste program is not available for commercial firms, landscape or maintenance companies.  Large amounts of clean fill (sod, rocks and soil) need to go to a Calgary landfill (April - November).  Landfill rates will apply.

Last Updated: January 2, 2020