Waste & Recycling

Waste & Recycling manages curbside waste, recycling and organics collection to most households in Cochrane. In addition, the team oversees the operation of the Cochrane Eco Centre. 

Interested in learning more about curbside waste, recycling and organics? See below for more information on black, blue and green carts. 

Black cart

  • Black carts are collected weekly on your set collection day 
  • Black carts are for garbage, which includes everything that can’t be recycled or isn’t organic

Excess waste

If excess waste/recycling/organics becomes an issue, the Eco Centre will accept these streams. If you have excess waste, you have two options:

  1. Purchase an excess waste bag(s). Place the bag(s) one metre away from your cart on collection day. Bags can be purchased at the RancheHouse, the Station or the Eco Centre during regular operational hours for $3.50 each. 
  2. The Eco Centre accepts clear bagged household waste for $3/bag. All recycling and organics must be removed prior to disposal. 

Additional carts 

If you have excess waste on a regular basis, you can make arrangements for an additional waste cart and a set-up fee and additional monthly charge will apply. If you require an additional cart, there will be a $55 set up fee and a $15/month collection fee charged to your household. 

Contact Waste and Recycling for more information. 

Black cart FAQs

Blue cart 

Blue carts are collected weekly on your set collection day. Blue carts are for recyclables such as numbered plastics, paper, cardboard and metal cans. 

Additional carts

Do you have more recycling than fits in your cart? You have two options: order a second recycling cart (one time fee $87 plus a $7.55 per month collection fee) or take the excess recycling to the Eco Centre. 

For more information on applicable costs, please go to Rates and Fees

Blue cart FAQs

Green cart

Green carts are for organics such as kitchen scraps, yard waste and pet waste. 

Green cart FAQs

My Cochrane Collection App

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!