Eco Centre

The Cochrane Eco Centre is open Tue-Sat, 10am-6pm. Closed Sun, Mon and Statutory Holidays. Located at 50 Griffin Industrial Point in Cochrane. 

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 The Cochrane Eco Centre now takes all sorts of foam servingware and styrofoam insulation, in addition to packing foam.

Materials accepted:
  • packing foam
  • packing foam peanuts (must be bagged)
  • foam servingware: cups, plates, take-out containers, meat trays, egg cartons
  • styrofoam insulation
  • all foam must be clean of residue and free of tape/labels
  • no spray foam, textile or furniture foam
  • film foam goes with plastic bags
 The Cochrane Eco Centre accepts many items for recycling:

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Download the Cochrane Eco Centre brochure.

Car Seats

Child car seats are accepted for recycling year round at no charge. Please remove the straps, fabric and metal pieces; the plastic car seat can then be deposited in the mixed plastic bin.
car seat


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 bag and empty into the designated bin.




Special Waste Programs

The Town of Cochrane provides a variety of special waste services including an appliance drop-off program and household hazardous waste and paint drop-off program.

Appliance Drop-off

Please note the Eco Centre accepts debit and cash payments.


Appliance      Fee (per appliance)
Appliances containing Freon - fridges, freezers,
water coolers, air conditioners
Large appliances - stoves, dishwashers, washers, dryers $30 
Small appliances - microwaves, hot water tanks


Appliances are also accepted at the City of Calgary landfills as well as some private scrap dealers. This program is year-round.

Household Hazardous Waste & Paint Drop-off

Round up all of those household chemicals in your basement, garage and shed and bring them to the Cochrane Eco Centre for proper disposal. 

Cleaning Products

All purpose cleaners, ammonia, bleach, disinfectants,
drain / toilet cleaner, window cleaner, pool and
hot tub cleaner, oven cleaner, shoe polish, spot remover
cleaning products 



Garden Products

 Ant / rodent killers, fertilizers, insecticides, weed killers  garden products


Hobby and Home Products

  • Aerosol containers - empty or full
  • Air fresheners, glues and cements, hair colouring
  • kerosene
  • laundry fabric softener, starch and stain remover
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Thermometers / thermostats
  • Propane tanks - all sizes
propane tank 


Please ensure your household chemicals are clearly labeled, sealed properly and, if possible, in the original containers.

Vehicle Products

Brake / transmission fluids, car waxes and polishes,
gasoline, rust inhibitors / removers, solvents, 
windshield washer solutions
vehicle products 



  • Aerosol paints and sprays
  • Alkyd, latex and oil based paints
  • Enamels, lacquers, stains and varnishes
  • Paint thinner, strippers and solvents
  • Primers, undercoats and water repellent sealers
  • Porch, floor, deck, fence and barn paints
  • Wood finishing oils, stains and preservatives (not containing pesticides)
paint cans 

Those who use needles for medical purposes may dispose of them safely at the following pharmacy locations:
  • Drug Store Pharmacy, Extra Foods: 210 Fifth Ave West
  • Grand Avenue Pharmacy: 105, 100 Grand Boulevard
  • Rexall Drug Stores: 305 First Street West
  • Safeway Pharmacy: 305 Fifth Avenue West
  • Shoppers Drug Mart: 120 Fifth Avenue West 

Needles must be in a sealed, puncture proof container with a tight fitting lid.                


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 $2 per bag or $20 per truckload.



Landfill Information

The closest landfill to Cochrane is the City of Calgary Spyhill Landfill, located at 69th Street and 112 Avenue NW in Calgary. For more information, visit the City of Calgary Waste and Recycling Services website or view the 2013 Spyhill Landfill rates online.

Cochrane also supports other local waste and recycling enterprises such as:

Trailblazers Camping & Outdoor Store

Did you know that Trailblazers Camping and Outdoor Store right here in Cochrane offers a sport / gear exchange? What a great example of waste reduction through reuse! You can pick up used equipment on consignment or select from the ever changing inventory of supplier closeout and samples from sales representatives. Great job Trailblazers!

Seasonal Yard Waste Programs 

The Leaves & Grass/Garden Debris Drop Off at the Cochrane Eco Centre opens for the season at the beginning of April. Drop off runs from April until mid-November each year. The tree trimmings and branches program continues to operate on a year-round basis. Bring us your branches, trimmings and Christmas trees for mulching!


We accept leaves, grass, tree trimmings and branches at the Eco Centre, 50 Griffin Industrial Point, for no charge! The Town of Cochrane no longer has access to a local “clean fill” site for the disposal of sod, rocks and soil. Residents wishing to dispose of this material need to haul it to a Calgary landfill. This program is from April to November.

We also accept pumpkins after Halloween and Christmas trees after Christmas. 

 Reminder the following Cochrane Eco Centre Site Rules Apply:

1. The Seasonal Yard Waste program is not available for commercial firms, landscape or maintenance companies. 

2. Tree trimmings and branches must be sorted separately from grass clippings and leaves, and; deposited into the correct bin. Maximum branch/tree diameter is 15 cm. 

3. Yard Waste load sizes are limited to 1/2 a level pick up truck load (standard level 8 ft box)/User/Week due to limited site capacity. The site operator may restrict the acceptance of any load at their discretion if the site capacity is at risk. A reminder that the intention of the Cochrane Eco Centre is to provide recycling 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 and Capital Paper.