Events and Initiatives

Winter Front Curb Collection Survey Closed

On July 10, 2023, Administration presented survey results to Council following completion of the Waste Cart Location Pilot that begin in November 2022 and concluded at the beginning of 2023. The Town neighbourhoods of Meridian Heights, St. Andrews, and West of 48th Street & South of the CN Railroad tracks have historically had their waste collected on their front roadway during the road ban months of April to the start of June.  The Town conducted a pilot project that started the road ban in November instead of April. The presentation focused on feedback received from residents and the results of a survey conducted during the pilot, including:

  • 812 door knockers distributed
  • 211 surveys completed (26%)
  • Rear back alley pick-up year-round was the option of choice for 46% of respondents

Administration has made the decision to revert waste collection back to the status quo of rear alley road bans from April to June when pick up will occur in the front street during that period and will revert to the rear alley for the remainder of the year.

Learn more in the agenda package on pages 51-65.


Collection Schedule

Garbage (grey cart) is collected every two weeks according to zone. Organics (green cart) is collected every week during the spring and summer and every two weeks during the fall and winter. Blue bag recycling is collected every week. 

Garbage, organics, and recycling must be put out before 7 a.m. on your collection day. Your cart lid must be completely closed and there must be at least one meter of clearance on all sides.

See the Collection Schedule below, missed pickups should be reported the morning after the scheduled pickup date. Use the Report a Problem - Stony Plain or call 780-963-2469 to report the missed pickup.

2023 Collection Schedule 

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Wondering what goes where? View our handy recycling guide

Rotary Recycling Centre

4505 50 Avenue


The recycle center is accessible 24/7 for the following collectable items.

  • ***NEW August 2023*** Tires
  • Carboard
  • Organics
  • Blue Bags
  • Light bulbs, Fluorescent, Incandescent and LED
  • Household batteries
  • Newspaper
  • Paint
    • Aerosols or containers (100mL to 24L)
    • Architectural Coatings including:
      • Water-based paint e.g. acrylic, latex
      • Oil and solvent-based (alkyd)
    • Interior/exterior latex paint, varnishes and urethanes
      • Chalk-based paint NEW
      • Craft and Artist paints e.g. Tempura NEW
      • Drywall paint
      • Enamels (standard single component)
      • Epoxies (pre-catalyzed)
      • Ink-based paints NEW
      • Metal paints (decorative and rust preventative coatings)
      • Milk-based paints NEW
    • Top Coats
      • Glazes
      • Lacquers:
        • pre-catalyzed and nitrocellulose
        • water borne
    • Polyurethanes
    • Shellac and Shellac based product
    • Urethanes
    • Varnishes
    • Primers, Sealers, Undercoats
    • Stains and Finishes
      • Barn and fence
      • Deck
      • Floor
      • Porch and patio
      • Wood finishing oils and stains
    • Sealers (non-tar or non-bitumen-based only):
      • Concrete sealer
      • Driveway paints or sealers
      • Elastomeric coatings (water-based only)
      • Encapsulant coatings
      • Liquid block filler NEW
      • Masonry Sealer
      • Stain blocking paint
      • Undercoat
      • Water repellant sealers
    • Solvent thinners and mineral spirits NEW
    • Textured Paint:
      • Stone effects coating
      • Stucco paint
      • Swimming pool coating (single component)
      • Textured paint
      • Truck bed coating
    • Miscellaneous:
      • Deck cleaners NEW
      • Dry fog coating NEW
      • Fire-retardent/resistive coating e.g. Pink Shield
      • Marine paint and enamel (non anti-fouling)
      • Scenic, movie set paint
      • Strippers for paint, coatings and wallpaper removed NEW
      • Traffic marking paint
      • Tree marking paint
      • Wood preservatives (non-creosote) NEW

Other materials are secured when the facility is unattended. It is recommended to not leave personal electronics outside of the secured containers when the Recycle Centre is unattended.  The attendant's schedule is available here.

Attendant's Schedule

Acceptable Waste Materials

  • Electronics
    • Personal computers/components
    • TV’s – CRT, LCD, rear projection
    • Laptops/notebooks/tablets
    • Printers/photocopiers/fax machines
    • Batteries (rechargeable)
    • New Electric Lawn and Garden 
      • Lawn and garden tools/equipment included in the itemized list which are for personal/home use, not for business/commercial use. Tools or equipment for lawn and garden care and maintenance with a power cord, plug and/or battery(ies). Excludes gas powered items.

        • Edge Trimmer
        • Lawn Mower (Battery/Electric)
        • Leaf Blower
        • Pressure Washer
        • Rototiller
        • Snow Blower
        • Weed Eater
        • Note: Gas-powered products not accepted
    • New Solar Panels
      • Solar panels included in the itemized list which are for personal/home use, not for business/commercial use.

        • Silicon (Monocrystalline & Polycrystalline)
        • Thin Film: solar panels with a thin film of photovoltaic material on a substrate such as glass, plastic, or metal
    • NEW (residential only):
      • Small appliances: clock, fan, hair dryer, heater, iron, kitchen counter top appliances, shaver, vacuum, etc.
      • Audio visual: CD player, clock radio, digital camera, DVD player, etc.
      • Telecom: answering machine, cellphones, landline phones,  pagers, modems, routers, etc.
      • Power & Air Tools: drill, grinder, miter/skill/table saw, residential air compressor, etc.
      • Games, Toys & Music: action figures, amplifier, guitar, keyboard, microphone, ride-on-toy (under 12 volt), video gaming equipment, etc.
Parkland County Transfer Station and Recycle Centre

52514 Range Road 11

South of Highway 16A on Range Road 11

(780) 968-8888



Tuesday 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Wednesday 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Thursday 8 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Friday 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.



Determined by weight. Cash, credit, and debit payments available

Acceptable waste materials

  • Automotive waste

  • Blue bag recycling

  • Commercial/construction waste (charges apply)

  • Electronics 

  • Fluorescent bulbs

  • Grass and leaves

  • Household hazardous waste

  • Household waste

  • Metal recycling (charges apply)

  • Mixed waste (charges apply)

  • Take it or leave it

  • Tree trimmings

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checkmarkWhat is acceptable to put in my blue bag?

The following items CAN be placed in your blue recycle bag for collection:

  • Hard/rigid plastic containers, tubs and bottles, but no lids or caps (e.g. detergent, condiment or shampoo bottles; margarine and yogurt containers; ice cream pails)
  • Tin food cans (clean and in original shape)
  • Magazines, newspaper, flyers and catalogues
  • Office paper, envelopes, craft paper
  • Books with front and back covers removed
  • Wrapping paper (no foil), greeting cards (decorations removed)
  • Boxboard (e.g. cereal, cracker, cookies, tissue boxes)
  • Cardboard, flattened (60 cm by 1 m or smaller)
  • All items must be CLEAN and DRY (FREE OF FOOD, LIQUIDS AND DIRT).  Lids must be removed and placed in garbage. 

xmarkWhat is NOT acceptable to put in my blue recycle bag? 

The following items can NOT be placed in your blue recycle bag: 

  • Soft/flexible plastics, such as plastic clamshell containers (e.g. berries, salads, bakery items)
  • Single use plastic cups (e.g. pudding, applesauce, yogurt)
  • Plastic bags, film and wrap (e.g. grocery bag, food wrap, re-sealable bags)
  • Glass, including jars
  • Tetra Paks without deposit (e.g. soups, broth, liquid egg)
  • Styrofoam (e.g. packaging material, meat tray, take-out containers)
  • Small metal item (e.g. coat hanger, nails, broken household items)
  • Plastic packaging from toys, food and household items (e.g. fruit and vegetable bags, cereal box liners, pet food bags, plant pots)
  • Single use plastic items (e.g. cutlery, straws, coffee pods)
  • To-go cups (e.g. plastic and paper with wax film drink cups, lids and straws) - paper coffee cups without a wax film can go  in the green organics cart 

Why is shredded paper not allowed in blue bags? 

  • Due to the recycling process, shredded paper is not accepted as it clogs the machines used in recycling.
  • Shredded paper can be placed in the green organics bin. 

Why do the caps and lids need to be removed from containers? 

  • Caps and lids are sometimes made with different type of plastics than their respective container, bottle or tub.
  • Leaving caps on can cause the item to be unmarketable and contaminate the blue bag.
  • If a container has not been washed, or has not been left to dry, mold can potentially grow in the container.  This will contaminate the product and the entire blue bag. 

Why can’t my Tim Horton’s cup be placed in the blue bag or organic bin?

  • To-go coffee cups are made from paper. However they are also lined with a wax coating on the inside.
  • This wax coating makes the item unrecyclable and not compostable. 

Why can’t I put glass in my blue bag? I thought it was recyclable? 

  • Glass has never been accepted in blue bags.
  • As of now, there is no international market for processing glass.
  • It can also be extremely hazardous in the blue bags, as glass jars or containers will often break and recyclables are hand sorted at various stages.
  • If glass cannot be reused in the household and must be disposed of, it needs to be placed in the grey garbage cart. 
How can I wash my recycling and save water? 
  • Tin cans, aluminum cans, pie plates and containers can all be washed using sink water from washing dishes.  This will ensure no additional water is used.
  • To ensure acceptable items reach end markets and are, in fact, turned in to new products, it is important to ensure that they are clean. This means that materials should be free of food chunks, liquid materials, or wiped clean from grease and dirt.  

If plastic has a recycle symbol on it, is it always recyclable? 

  • These numbers and symbols were originally created to help identify the type of plastics being used in the product. However, these numbers are no longer reliable.
  • Only hard/rigid plastic containers, tubs and bottles will be accepted in your blue recycle bag. These products have markets for recycling.
  • Soft/flexible plastics, like clamshell containers and single serve plastic cups, do not have recycling markets and must go in your grey garbage bin. 

How can I help stop manufacturers from using plastic clam shells? 

  • The Town of Stony Plain will be advocating the provincial government to enable provincial policy that puts responsibility of the end-of-life of a product to the producer/manufacturer.
  • This policy approach is called Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).
  • At this time, Alberta is one of the only provinces in Canada that currently does not have a provincial EPR policy.
  • You can take action by contacting your MLA and voice your support for implementing an EPR program in our province. 

What can we do to reduce our waste? 

  • A great start is to rethink how you purchase, use and dispose of various products.
  • The three R’s of recycling — reduce, reuse and recycle — are listed in order of priority. 
  • Before you recycle, try to reduce and reuse first.