SUMMER 2018 - GFL will be performing waste/recycle audits between May 15, 2018 and August 15, 2018. In the upcoming weeks, you may see university students looking in your bins and at your recycle. This is an educational program aiming to help residents in understanding proper sorting. For more information click here.
Curbside Blue Bag(s) Recycling is available for all households with curbside garbage collection.
Dispose of unwanted items hazardous waste items and other materials requiring special handling.
Not for profit organization with a mission to reduce electronic waste
Recycle My Cell (RMC) is Canada’s national recycling program for mobile devices.
Blue Bag Recycling
Curbside Blue Bag(s) Recycling is available for all households that pay for curbside garbage collection service. Blue Bag(s) Recycling is collected every week. Simply put your acceptable recyclables in clear Blue Bags, and place them at your curbside on the day of your scheduled collection. Please ensure that Blue Bags are out at the curb before 7 a.m. Recycling MUST be bagged.
- No sorting or tags needed
- There is no limit to the number of clear Blue Bag(s) residents can put at the curbside
- Please ensure only appropriate materials are put in your Blue Bag(s)
- Blue Bag(s) can be purchased at any grocery or hardware store that sells garbage bags
- Please remember to tie your Blue Bag(s) at the top
- Corrugated Cardboard
flatten, fold and place beneath blue bags (maximum size is three-feet by three-feet)
- Newsprint/Heavy Paper
newspaper, magazines, phone books, catalogues, flyers
collapsed cereal boxes, pasta boxes, shoe boxes, etc.
- Mixed Paper
office paper, gift wrap, junk mail, paperback books, shredded paper, paper bags, etc.
- Deposit Items*
milk cartons and jugs, pop and beer cans, wine, water, beer, juice boxes and juice tetra packs
metal cans and plastic household containers #1-7 such as laundry bottles and food and beverage, food, soup) containers
The recycle symbol with the #1-7 is found on the bottom of the plastic container and looks like:
*Please ensure all containers and deposit items are rinsed and caps and lids are discarded.
- Aerosol cans
- Aluminum containers / aluminum foil / aluminum pie plates
- Bubble wrap / Plastic film
- Coloured glass
- Hazardous waste (e.g. - batteries, paint, fertilizer, oils)
- Food scraps
- Non-deposit jars
- Plastic bags
- Plastic toys
- Scrap metal, wood and other building materials
- Small appliances
- Soiled paper (used tissue/paper towel, dirty pizza boxes)
- Un-rinsed food containers
- Tin foil
- Yard waste
Household Hazardous Waste
What is Household Hazardous Waste?
|Household hazardous wastes include products that are:
|Corrosive - can eat away at surfaces, even skin
||Batteries, drain cleaners and oven cleaners
|Flammable - burns or ignites easily
||Paints, oils and BBQ starters
|Explosive - can explode when mixed with other chemicals or react under pressure or heat
||Aerosols and propane tanks
|Toxic/Poison - can be poisonous or lethal to living organisms, even in small quantities
||Bleach cleaning fluids and pesticides
|For a list of common household hazardous wastes you may not even realize
are hazardous, visit the Alberta Environment website (Note: the Town's
Household Hazardous Waste Round-up only accepts certain materials).
Proper Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste
Town of Westlock residents can take household hazardous wastes to the Westlock Regional Landfill, which is located on Range Road 262 south of Highway #18 east of Westlock, for information, call 780.307-2456.
Hazardous Waste Round-up
Every year, the Westlock Regional Waste Commission Service hosts a Household Hazardous Waste Round-up. This event provides an opportunity for residents to discard unwanted items hazardous waste items, and other materials requiring special handling, and divert them from landfill sites at no charge.
- batteries (household and automotive)
- brake fluid
- motor oil and filters
- fluorescent light bulbs and tubes
- herbicides, insecticides and lawn care products
- old prescription and over-the-counter medications
- propane tanks
- pool chemicals
- household cleaners
- paints, paint cleaners and solvents
- adhesives and polishes
- bug sprays, pesticides, poisons
- and more.
Acceptable E-waste materials include:
- cables/speakers(household or car)
- printers/printer combinations
Residents are asked to use non-returnable containers only. Commercial, institutional, agricultural or industrial waste is not permitted.
This year's Household Hazardous Waste Round-up takes place on 9am-1pm at the Westlock Regional Landfill. For information, contact the Town Office at 780.349.4444, or send an email.
Electronic Recycling Association
What does the Electronic Recycling Association do? They are a not for profit organization with a mission to reduce electronic waste and the negative impact it has on the environment by reusing and recycling unwanted computers, laptops and other electronic equipment. They tend to prevent unwanted electronics from ending up in landfills or being prematurely disposed of and recycled when there is somebody that can still use them, maximize the life span of computers by refurbishing and donating them to local charities and other not for profit organizations at no cost, and, if the equipment is not suitable for donation, recycle it in an environmentally friendly way.
For additional Information, check out their website at http://www.era.ca/
Electronic recycling is also available at the Westlock Regional Landfill.
Recycle My Cell
Recycle My Cell (RMC) is Canada’s national recycling program for mobile devices. It is a free, convenient and easy way to recycle old and unwanted cell phones, smartphones and accessories (rechargeable cell phone batteries, chargers, etc.) The program is organized by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunication Association (CWTA) and partners with wireless carries, handset manufacturers, processors and other interested parties.
Recycle My Cell currently has over 400 locations within Alberta. Each location accepts used or unwanted wireless devices regardless of make, model or condition. Residents are able to determine whether a physical drop-off location is accessible to them by entering their postal code at recyclemycell.ca. The website also provides the most up-to-date information as new drop-off locations become available. In the event residents are not able to go to a location, they also have the option to print a pre-paid mailing label and mail their device through Canada Post.
The website also includes steps on how to delete personal information from wireless devises, provides answers to frequently asked questions, and highlights the various programs operated by their partners.