Waste & Recycling


The Town of Cochrane Zero Waste Framework, in harmony with the Cochrane Sustainability Plan will allow us to achieve our Zero Waste goals through continuous planning and flexible and responsive program implementation. To learn more about the Town of Cochrane’s Zero Waste vision see Toward Zero Waste 2012, our Zero Waste Framework.


Households in Cochrane can expect delivery of their new green organics carts and small kitchen catcher bins starting March 27. Organics collection starts the week of April 17. Find out more!

For a comprehensive list of what goes where in your Waste, Recycling and Organics carts, see our A-Z What Goes Where booklet.  

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: $2 per bag or $20 per level truck load. This program lasts all year.



Food Waste Composting

Bring food waste to the Cochrane Eco Centre where it will be turned into high-quality garden and landscape compost! Acceptable items:
  • Fruit and vegetable peelings and waste
  • Egg shells
  • Tea bags, coffee filters and coffee grounds
  • Pasta, rice, bread
  • Meat bits and bones
Please bring your food waste in a sealed bucket or 100% compostable bag and empty into the designated bin. This program lasts all year.

For additional information see our Food Waste Acceptable Items poster.

Fun Facts

  • Purchase a few excess waste bags ($3 each) at the RancheHouse, Operational Services or the Eco Centre for those times when you may have more than two units of waste.
  • Yard clean-up disposal bins for leaves, grass, branches and tree trimmings are available at the Eco Centre from April to November at no charge.
  • Cochrane is one the few communities that takes Styrofoam (expanded polystyrene) for recycling.
  • Bring food waste to the Eco Centre where it will be turned into high quality garden and landscape compost.
  • The new Pay-As-You-Throw program allows residents to dispose of extra bagged household waste for a small fee.