Curbside recycling

All materials must be placed in the blue cart loose so that it can be properly sorted at the recycling facility. The exceptions to this rule are:

  • stretchy plastic bags - bundle and bag securely into one bag for recycling
  • shredded paper - put shredded paper into a securely tied transparent bag before placing it in your blue cart

Overfilled carts

Carts that are overfilled or contain large items that prevent the lid of the cart from closing will not be collected.

Excess recycling

The recycling collection trucks are automated and equipped to pick up carts only, not excess recycling around it. If you have excess recycling, please take it to the Recycle Depot or store it until the next collection day.

Remember recyclables must be EMPTY, CLEAN and DRY before putting them into your blue cart.

Have questions?
Please email us at or call 403.948.0246

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What materials are accepted in the blue cart?


Newspaper, catalogues and magazines, mixed paper, flyers, envelopes, shredded paper (placed inside a transparent plastic bag), telephone books and soft cover books, paper coffee cups, fast food cups (un-waxed)

Boxboard, corrugated cardboard, Tetra Pak (juice/soup boxes)


EMPTY, CLEAN and DRY material before putting it in your blue cart.

Tin food containers
Metal food and beverage containers, aluminum cans, aluminum foil and aluminum foil plates, jar lids, refundable aluminum beverage containers

Plastic containers with the recycling symbols 1-7, excluding polystyrene foam (Styrofoam)

 Plastic bags, wrap and film: all bundled within a single securely tied bag for collection

Glass food containers, refundable glass beverage containers


Collection and placement

Blue carts are collected once weekly year round on the business day following your organics and garbage collection.

Place your blue cart at the curb by 7 a.m. on your collection day. Leave a minimum of 1 metre clearance around the entire cart to ensure trucks are able to access it.

Carts cannot be placed at the curb between two vehicles as the truck arms cannot reach. Place your cart out past any parked vehicles.

Changes to cup disposal

Disposable paper coffee/drink cups can be recycled in your blue cart. Please do not place them in the green cart. Remove lids and straws before recycling cups in the blue cart.

There are few waxed cups out there, waxed cups belong in the garbage as they are no longer accepted in the green organics cart and they are not accepted in the blue cart program.


Where do Airdrie's recyclables go?

Airdrie's recycling is taken to a sorting facility in Calgary. Check out The City of Calgary's informative video about how recycling is sorted once it arrives at their sorting facility. 

The image below is Airdrie's recycling being dropped off at the sorting facility during the first week of collection. 


Contact us

Waste & Recycling

P. 403.948.0246

F. 403.948.8819