Solid Waste

The City of Wetaskiwin collects, diverts, and/or disposes of solid waste from local customers, and ensures all disposal operations meet the rigid safety, environmental, monitoring, recording, and reporting parameters of Federal, Provincial, and local standards.

Waste diversion programs and recycling are important facets of meeting City Council's solid waste diversion goals in order to extend the life of our current landfill.

June 20, 2022: The colour of City-provided garbage bins is changing from blue to grey to eliminate confusion between regular garbage bins and recycling bins and align with industry standards. The colour change is currently only impacting new bins and those in need of a replacement bin. 

Clip art of a white trash can on a blue background

Residential Services

Not sure which route you’re on? View the Residential Waste Collection map.

Contact the Utilities & Waste department with any questions at 780.361.4453.

Garbage Subscription Options

The City of Wetaskiwin has a garbage subscription program that offers a user-pay approach to waste handling. Residents pay for waste services based on the volume of garbage they generate.

Do you have the right size garbage bin for your family’s needs? How do you know which size bin to pick?

Garbage is picked up in the City of Wetaskiwin once per week. It is important to know how much garbage you and your family accumulates in a week. Once you have that information, it is easy to choose the correct size bin. Use the chart below to choose the right size:

Weekly garbage accumulation

Garbage bin size

Up to 2 standard black garbage bags

Small bin (121 litres)

3 to 4 standard black garbage bags

Medium bin (242 litres)

5 to 6 standard black garbage bags

Large bin (363 litres)


It is important to choose the correct sized bin for your needs to ensure your bin is not packed too tightly, is not too heavy, and the lid can close properly (to prevent animals from getting into the garbage).

If you have any questions or would like to change the size of garbage bin you have at your residence, call the utilities department at 780.361.4453.

How much does your bin hold - updated-resized

*The following rates represent the monthly charge shown on your monthly utility invoice.

Bin Size

2022 Rate (per month)

121 litres


242 litres


363 litres


*View the full Waste Management Bylaw on the Bylaws page.

Please call the Utilities department at 780.361.4453 for more information or to subscribe to our residential waste services.

Waste Collection Routes

The City of Wetaskiwin is divided into four sections to maximize the efficiency of our residential waste collection routes. Collection occurs Tuesday through Friday each week (with exceptions on holidays) and is carried out by two automated residential collection trucks. Each truck collects trash from an estimated 450 bins per day and only unloads once at the end of the day.

What if my garbage pickup day lands on a civic holiday?

Typically, when garbage pickup days land on a civic holiday, a double garbage pickup will be done either the day before the holiday or the first business day after the holiday, depending on what day the holiday falls on. Double garbage pickup is when staff complete two residential garbage routes in one day, instead of doing one-per-day. Administration will clarify when double garbage pickup will take place by posting the information to the Website News Flash on the Homepage and the City’s official social media channels.

Waste Management Bylaw

Please visit our Bylaws page to view the most recent Waste Management Bylaw.

Waste Cart Education CampaignWaste cart sticker v2 - Jan.18.2021-01

Have you seen one of these stickers on your waste cart? →

To improve communication between our residents and the Waste & Recycle department, we will start leaving these stickers on your waste cart if there is an issue that needs to be resolved. Questions? Call 780.361.4427.

Residential Waste Collection Changes 

In the second quarter of 2021, waste collection shifted to a 5-day schedule. This change took effect on April 12, 2021. Read the press release about this change at


Please call the City of Wetaskiwin Utilities department at 780.361.4453 for more information.

Commercial Services

The City of Wetaskiwin does not supply solid waste services to commercial properties.