The Town of Cochrane provides weekly curbside collection of residential waste and recycling for most single family homes and some multifamily homes in Cochrane.
If you are a new resident and you need to set up your waste and recycling account or need to find out if your household is on a scheduled pick up route, please contact our utilities department at 403-851-2521.
Ensure your waste and recycling is at the curb or in the alley (depending on your collection location) by 7 am on the day of collection. The Town of Cochrane utilizes an automated collection system, only waste and recycling contained within the Town of Cochrane provided residential waste and recycling collection carts will be collected.
The Town of Cochrane provides each eligible household with:
One 120 L waste collection cart (maximum contents weight 55 kg)
One 240 L recycling collection cart (maximum contents weight 110 kg)
For extra waste, residents may purchase Town of Cochrane excess waste bags that can be set out on collection day. No extra waste will be collected unless it is contained within a Town of Cochrane excess waste bag. If your waste or recycling collection was missed or you have additional questions about Cochrane’s Residential Waste and Recycling Collection program please call our Waste and Recycling Hotline at 403-851-2277.
For a comprehensive list of what goes where in your Waste, Recycling and Organics carts, see our A-Z What Goes Where booklet.
Regular household garbage
Food / kitchen waste (please note: Food Scraps are accepted at the Cochrane Eco Centre for composting)
Soiled paper / tissues
Exceptions to glass recycling:
Mixed materials - glass and plastic or glass and aluminum
Small amount of glass attached to a label
Non-food glass (for example, candlestick base)
Wine glass bottoms
Metal - food cans and foil
Glass - bottles, jars and broken pieces
Cardboard - flat boxes, food boxes, rolls etc.
Mixed paper - coloured paper, flyers, envelopes, magazines, wrapping paper, paper coffee cups etc.
Plastic Containers - Numbered 1-7 (no styrofoam, styrofoam can go to Eco Centre)
Plastic bags and wrap - must be bagged and bundled
Shredded paper - must be in a clear plastic bag
All materials must be clean and free of debris.
Sharp materials - glass, needles
Hazardous waste or chemicals
Commercial or industrial waste
Construction, renovation or demolition waste
Gas / propane liquids or any other liquid based petroleum product
Automobile waste including automobile parts, tires, and batteries
Engine oil or oil filters
Building materials and furniture
Waste that is unsafe for the collector to access or handle
Waste that could cause environmental impairment
EPS (Styrofoam - clean white packing foam) - please take to the Cochrane Eco Centre
Any recyclable materials that are not reasonably clean
Like most municipalities, the Town of Cochrane collects fees from residents and businesses in order to finance waste and recycling services. These rates are adjusted as required to reflect the costs associated with offering waste and recycling services. Currently, all households receiving curbside waste and recycling collection pay $20.55 per month.
All households and businesses in Cochrane also pay an Eco Centre fee of $5.00 per month for the operation of the Town of Cochrane Eco Centre and Special Waste programming.
Would you like an additional recycling or waste cart? Please contact the utilities department at 403-851-2521. Additional fees will apply.
Have more recycling than fits in your cart? Bring to the Cochrane Eco Centre