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Waste collection

Residential Garbage Collection Services

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The Town of High River provides automated garbage collection services to single-family homes on a weekly basis. Please set your garbage cart out by 7 am the day of your pick-up.

The Town continues to provide important services despite the extreme cold, snowfalls and measures in place to respond to COVID-19. Please remember to place your garbage bins by 7 am on your collection day and leave at least 3 feet around your bin to make pick-up easier for large equipment. All household garbage must be in bags with no overflowing bins or bags stacked beside them. Thank you for doing your part to help us help you during this time.

Residential Collection Information

If your garbage has been missed, please make sure it is placed correctly and contact Town Operations. There is no automated garbage collection on statutory holidays. Collection resumes on the next regular business day.

Garbage Collection Carts

Garbage in the collection carts should only consist of regular household garbage. The Town will not take items such as oil, chemicals, automotive parts, Christmas trees, furniture, large pieces of wood, metal or construction materials.

There are two residential sizes to choose from:

  • 240 Litre Garbage Collection Cart ($11.16/month)
  • 360 Litre Garbage Collection Cart ($15.53/month)

To order please contact Town Operations. For complete details on pricing and fees please view the Current rate bylaw.

Replacement garbage carts can be obtained by calling the Town of High River Operations Shop during regular business hours. If you have found your lost bin, please wash it out and reuse it if possible. Residents will need to pay to replace a lost or missing cart.

Waste Collection Do’s and Don’ts

The Town’s Solid Garbage Management Bylaw lists resident responsibilities to make garbage collection efficient, timely and safe. Please read this summary to learn how you can help.

In order to prevent loose garbage from falling on the ground, road, grass or other areas please ensure that any garbage that is to be collected is bagged. The Town reserves the right to withhold collection of improperly prepared garbage, prohibited garbage, excessive quantities of garbage, or garbage located at unsafe or non-compliant set-out locations.

Please do:

  • Make sure that there is a 5 cm space between garbage and the top of the Receptacle
  • Ensure garbage receptacles/collection carts are placed at collection points no later than 7 am on the scheduled collection day

Please do not:

  • Place garbage anywhere other than in the garbage receptacles (container, cart)
  • Over-fill the garbage container or collection cart
  • Place garbage receptacles in locations that are: unsafe, obstructed, blocked by snow, ice, poorly maintained, and uneven
  • Set out garbage receptacles/collection carts before 7 pm the evening of the day prior to collection

Disposal of Dangerous Items

The Town will not remove any of the following during garbage collection:

  • Highly combustible or explosive materials including but not limited to liquid or solid fuels, gunpowder, ammunition or explosives
  • Hot ashes which are not properly quenched and appear to be hot or likely to cause a fire
  • Compressed propane or butane cylinders
  • Toxic or household hazardous garbage including solvents, oven cleaners, paints, automotive fluids, wet cell batteries, pesticides, herbicides, or any material commonly referred to as household, commercial, or industrial hazardous waste
  • Biomedical garbage including hypodermic needles or syringes, lancets or any sharp item used in-home medical care
  • Large bulky items such as mattresses, box springs, dressers, tables, chairs, major appliances, auto and truck parts, tires, tree limbs, whole shrubs, or discarded heavy machinery
  • Sheet iron, large pieces of scrap metal or machine parts
  • Electronic equipment including televisions, computers, computer monitors, keyboards, and associated cables
  • Renovation, construction or demolition material
  • Stumps, concrete blocks or slabs, soil, rocks or aggregate
  • Dead animals and animal parts from hunting or trapping
  • Transient garbage
  • Septic tank pumping, raw sewage, or industrial sludge
  • Radioactive waste
  • Garbage material that has not been placed for collection in accordance with the provision of this bylaw
  • Liquid waste or material that has attained a fluid consistency and has not been drained

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