Waste & Recycling

The Town of Cochrane provides weekly curbside collection of residential waste, recycling and organics 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.

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.

For a comprehensive list of what goes where in your carts, see our Waste, Recycling & Organics Guide

Cart Position

Requirements for collection

Ensure your carts are at the curb or in the alley (depending on your collection location) by 7am 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 carts are 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)
  • One 240L organics cart (single-family homes and duplexes) or 120L organics cart (townhomes)

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.

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 runs all year at the Eco Centre.


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.

Place leaves, grass, branches and tree trimmings in your organics bin.  For larger quantities you can take them to the Eco Centre from April to November at no extra charge.

Cochrane is one the few communities that takes Styrofoam (expanded polystyrene) for recycling.