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Acceptable Materials for Recycling Bins

Our Garbage Collections Sites and Transfer Stations operate using 6-yard blue recycling bins. We collect all recyclable items in one recycling container. This is described as Single Stream Recycling.

Please make sure that anything you recycle is clean, dry, and doesn't contain any food. 


We accept many materials at our Transfer Stations including:

  • Tires
  • Paint
  • Metal
  • Household appliances
    • Refrigerators
    • Stoves
    • Washers
    • Dryers
    • Hot water tanks
  • Propane bottles
  • Batteries
  • Plastic Grain Bags
  • Agricultural Pesticide and Herbicide Containers
  • Oil, including containers and filters
  • Glycol (antifreeze)
  • Electronic waste
    • Televisions
    • Computers
    • Printers
    • AV Equipment
    • Cell Phones
    • Electronic Gaming Equipment
    • Portable Power Tools
    • Solar Panels
  • Hard Plastics
  • Mixed Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Tin Cans
  • Tinfoil
  • Metal Car Parts
  • Wire

Notes on Recyclable Items

The County is participating in the Alberta Recycling Management Authority’s (ARMA) Electronics Recycling Pilot Project, allowing for greater options for electronics recycling at our Transfer Stations. Included in the pilot project will be:

  • Audio Visual Equipment
  • Telecom
  • Cell Phone and Wireless Devices
  • Electronic Gaming Equipment
  • Small Home Appliances
  • Portable Power Tools
  • Toys
  • Musical Instruments
  • Solar Panels

There will be no charge to recycle these items for the duration of the pilot. With the data that ARMA will gather from this project, they will be able to provide the government with critical information that will help them determine the best course of action to modernize the electronics recycling program for the long-term.

The following five categories will be included in the pilot and under each category are some examples of the products that will be accepted:

  • Clock
  • Fan
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heater
  • Iron
  • Microwave
  • Residential Air Conditioner
  • Toaster
  • Shaver
  • Vacuum

  • CD Player
  • Clock Radio
  • Digital Camera
  • DVD Player
  • Headphones
  • Satellite Dish
  • Satellite Radio
  • Speakers
  • Video Camera

  • Answering Machine
  • Cell Phone
  • Landline Phone
  • Modem and Router
  • Pager
  • Satellite Phone
  • Speakerphone

  • Drill
  • Grinder
  • Miter Saw
  • Nail Gun
  • Residential Air Compressor
  • Sharpener
  • Shop Vacuum
  • Skillsaw
  • Table Saw

  • Action Figure
  • Amplifier
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Ride-on Toy
  • Toy Robot
  • Toy Vehicle
  • Video Gaming
  • Equipment

Not Accepted

Materials that aren't accepted:

  • Glass
  • Cable
  • Mirrors
  • Plastic Bags (excluding blue recycling bags)
  • Tissue Wipes
  • Needles
  • Metal Clothes Hangars
  • Powdered Drink Containers
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic Paddling Pools
  • Food Wrap
  • Napkins
  • Plastic House Siding
  • Laminated Food Bags
  • Light Bulbs
  • Strappings
  • Garden Hoses
  • Chip Bags
  • Frozen Juice Cans
  • Christmas Lights
  • Vacuum Cleaner Bags
  • Blinds
  • Cutlery
  • Insulation
  • Toothpaste Tubes
  • Nails

Please make sure to separate items before getting to the Transfer Station for ease ie. pull nails from wood, remove insulation, and clean containers.

Unfortunately we cannot accept items for recycling if they have non-recyclable items attached. Our on-site staff will help to guide you, and there are signs available at all sites with a list of accepted materials.

All materials not accepted for recycling can be disposed of in the garbage bins at all sites.

As a member of Alberta Recycling, Saddle Hills County assists residents, ratepayers, businesses, and industry to recycle materials which can be difficult to dispose of and even hazardous to the environment. For a detailed list of products eligible for recycling and to learn what happens to your old products after you have dropped them off, simply visit Alberta Recycling's Recycling Programs site.

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