Eco Centre

Eco Centre Information

The Cochrane Eco Centre is a self-sorting facility which accepts a variety of household waste items.
Cochrane Eco Centre exterior

Eco Centre site rules: 

  • Seasonal yard waste program is not available for commercial firms, landscape or maintenance companies. 
  • Tree trimmings and branches must be sorted separately from grass clippings and leaves; deposit all items into the correct bin; the maximum branch/tree diameter is 15 cm and maximum length 1.5m. 
  • Yard waste load sizes are limited to 1/2 a level pickup truck load (standard level 8ft box) per user per week due to limited site capacity; the site operator may restrict the acceptance of any load at their discretion. 
  • The Eco Centre is designed for drop-off services for small volumes of recyclables. Large loads should utilize facilities designed to accommodate large loads, such as ECCO, City of Calgary Landfills, Cascades Recovery, Recycling Worx or Capital Paper. 

Do your part to dispose of household waste the right way. 

Yard waste

Sort materials into the appropriate bin and remove from any bags. The following yard waste items are accepted:

  • grass clippings (April – November)
  • leaves (April – November)
  • pumpkins (October/November)
  • tree trimmings (year-round)
  • branches (year-round)
  • Christmas trees (January)

Disposal locations & accepted materials 

Seasonal programs

Yard waste bin (mid-April/mid-November)

Leaves, grass, non-invasive weeds and garden debris go in the yard waste bin.  There are no bags allowed in this bin.  If you come with bags, please dump the leaves and grass into the bin and either recycle or reuse your bags. The leaves and grass bin is not available for commercial firms, landscape or maintenance companies.  Sod, all forms of mulch and soil need to go to a Calgary landfill. Landfill rates will apply.

Compost Giveaway Event

On May 4 and 11, 2024, bring your bucket and shovel to collect free compost!
Residents are invited to Cochrane’s lagoon site, near SLS Centre, at 141 Bow Bend Way to collect up to two pails of compost (30 kilograms or 40 litres) per vehicle.

Get your garden growing and prepare your soil for warmer weather!

Spring Hours at the Eco Centre

Christmas Trees

We accept natural Christmas trees in the branches bin (no bags).

Please note: 

Attendants are on-site at all times, and they reserve the right to refuse material due to site capacity restrictions.  Our Health and Safety policy restricts scavenging in the yard.