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Recycling & Garbage


Recycle Centre

The Recycle Centre is located at Operational Services at 640 - 7 St NW.









8 am -
4:45 pm

8 am - 4:45 pm

8 am - 5:45 pm

8 am -
5:45 pm

8 am - 5:45 pm

8 am - 4:45 pm

8 am - 4:45 pm

The centre is not open on Statutory Holidays. Items cannot be left after hours. 


What we accept:

  • Mixed paper – Includes, magazines, phone books, and white bonded paper.
  • Newsprint – Includes all inserts and flyers in your newspaper.
  • Tin cans – Must be cleaned and labels removed.
  • Cardboard – Includes box board, and corrugated cardboard.
  • Mixed plastics – All plastics #1-#7. Only plastics with a printed number on them are able to be recycled.
  • Cell phones - drop off any old cell phones.
  • Batteries - We now accept Ni-MH, Ni-Cd, SSLA/Pb, Li-Ion, Ni-Zn batteries under 5kg for recycling.  Click for more information.
  • Electronics - Eligible products include televisions, computers (CPU, keyboard, mouse, cables, and speakers), monitors, printers, laptops and tablets.

Not for recycling:

  • Garbage
  • Styrofoam
  • Styrofoam egg cartons
  • Oil containers, lawn care containers (pesticides)
  • Glass
  • Tires
  • Refridgerators
  • Vehicle batteries or any batteries over 5kg
  • Wood

Yard waste drop-off

The Wallaceville drop-off station for grass, leaves, branches and other yard waste will close by the end of February 2017 and be relocated to the Town Operations yard.

Wallaceville was purchased by the Government of Alberta as part of the Town’s flood mitigation program and they have requested that the Town remove the yard waste bins.

The drop off station will reopen on April 24, 2017 at the Town’s Operations yard located at 640 7 Street N.W.

In the interim, yard waste can be taken to the Foothills Landfill, for more information visit http://www.foothillslrrc.com/

Foothills Recycling and Salvage Society (FRSS)

The Foothills salvage centre accepts household items, clothing and other merchandise in usable condition. The centre is run by the Foothills Recycling and Salvage Society (FRSS), which is a non-profit society dedicated to keeping usable and recyclable items out of the landfill and to make items accessible and affordable.

They recently moved into a new 11,000 sq ft.  facility located adjacent to the MD;Foothills Landfill site on Highway 783, approximately 13 KM north of High River. They rely on a dedicated group of volunteers to help run the facility and have recently partnered with High River and Okotoks correctional services; a recognized volunteer program for individuals with minor offence violations who must complete community service hours.

Hours of operation are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Sat. For more information on how to donate, volunteer and/or shop at the centre, Click here to go their website.

Household Waste Disposal

**Please note, there is no automated waste collection on statutory holidays


Download the complete pdf-icon Automated Waste Collection brochure


The Town of High River asks all residents who receive waste collection services to pay special attention to the following points from the Solid Waste Management (Garbage) - Bylaw 4211/2008:

  1. In order to prevent loose waste from falling on the ground, road, grass or other areas please ensure that any waste that is to be collected is bagged.
  2. Please do not place waste anywhere other than in the waste receptacles (container, cart).
  3. Please do not over-fill the waste container or collection cart. Make sure that there is a 5 cm space between waste and the top of the Receptacle.
  4. Please do not place waste receptacles in locations that are: unsafe, obstructed, blocked by snow, ice, poorly maintained, and uneven.
  5. Please do not set out waste receptacles/collection carts before 7 p.m. the evening of the day prior to collection.
  6. Please ensure waste receptacles/collection carts are placed at collection points no later than 7 a.m. on the scheduled collection day.

The Town reserves the right to withhold collection of improperly prepared waste, prohibited waste, excessive quantities of waste, or waste located at unsafe or non-compliant set-out locations.

The Town will not remove any of the following during waste collection:

  • Highly combustible or explosive materials including but not limited to liquid or solid fuels, gunpowder, ammunition or explosives;
  • Hot Ashes which are not properly quenched and appear to be hot or likely to cause a fire;
  • Compressed propane or butane cylinders;
  • Toxic or household Hazardous Waste including solvents, oven cleaners, paints, automotive fluids, wet cell batteries, pesticides, herbicides, or any material commonly referred to as household, commercial, or industrial Hazardous Waste;
  • Biomedical Waste including hypodermic needles or syringes, lancets or any sharp item used in home medical care;
  • Large bulky items such as mattresses, box springs, dressers, tables, chairs, major appliances, auto and truck parts, tires, tree limbs, whole shrubs, or discarded heavy machinery;
  • Sheet Iron, large pieces of scrap metal or machine parts;
  • Electronic equipment including televisions, computers, computer monitors, keyboards, and associated cables;
  • Renovation, construction or demolition material;
  • Stumps, concrete blocks or slabs, soil, rocks or aggregate;
  • Dead animals and animal parts from hunting or trapping;
  • Transient Waste;
  • Septic tank pumpings, raw sewage, or industrial sludge;
  • Radioactive Waste;
  • Waste material which has not been placed for collection in accordance with the provision of this bylaw;
  • Liquid Waste or material that has attained a fluid consistency and has not been drained.

**Please note, there is no automated waste collection on statutory holidays


Lost / Missing Carts

Replacement garbage carts can be picked up at the Town of High River Operations Shop, at  640 - 7 Street NW during regular business hours. Any extra, unclaimed carts can also be taken to this location.

If you have found your bin, please wash it out and reuse it if possible.

Foothills Landfill (403.938.5224)

Located on Highway 783 (16 Street E.), 5.5 Km south of Highway 7, 5 km north of Highway 543.

Visit http://www.foothillslrrc.com/ 

Residential Waste Collection Zones

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Download pdf-icon Residential Waste Collection Zones

Do You Need A Larger Garbage Collection Cart?

There are two residential sizes:

  • 240 Litre Garbage Collection Cart ($10.40/month)
  • 360 Litre Garbage Collection Cart ($14.40/month)

To order please call Operations at 403.652.4657 or operations@highriver.ca. For complete details on pricing and fees please view the Current rate bylaw.

Residential Waste Collection Basics:

  • Garbage must be out by 7 a.m.
  • Garbage in the collection carts should only consist of regular house hold waste.  We will not take items such as: Oil, Chemicals, Car Parts, Christmas trees, furniture, large pieces of wood, metal or construction materials, etc. If you're unsure, please call 403.652.4657 or email operations@highriver.ca.
  • Foothills Regional Landfill Site - 403.938.5224
  • Garbage Missed?  If your garbage has been missed, please make sure it is placed correctly and contact the Town Shop at 403.652.4657. 
    **Please note, there is no automated waste collection on statutory holidays


What to do

What not to do

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Park it: Park your garbage collection cart on level ground at front curb or back alley.

Do not: Park your garbage collection cart behind other carts or objects. 

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Point it: Point the Town of High River logo on your garbage collection cart towards the street or alley. 

Do not: Point your garbage collection cart away from the street or alley.  This helps prevent damage during pick-up.

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Space it: Space your garbage collection cart  at least 3 feet from any objects, such as vehicles, light posts, and fences, etc.

Do not: Park your garbage collection cart close to other objects, or place additional waste next to your collection cart.  

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Take it: Take your garbage collection cart back onto your property by 7 p.m. of your collection day.

Do not: Leave your garbage collection cart on the street or in the alley after it has been dumped. 

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  Do not: Overfill your collection cart.


Town Office

309B MacLeod Trail SW
High River, AB   T1V 1Z5

Phone: 403.652.2110
Fax: 403.652.2396

Bob Snodgrass
Recreation Complex

24hr Info: 403.652.4041
Inquiries: 403.652.4042 

Phone: 403.652.8620
Parent Link Centre

Phone: 403.652.8633

Economic Development

Phone: 403.652.4657
Operations Emergency Numbers
Roads: 403.601.1258
Water & Sewer: 403.652.6353


Bylaw Services
Phone: 403.888.0267
Fire Department
Phone: 403.652.3774
Phone: 403.652.2357
Emergencies: 403.652.2356
Emergency Management
Phone: 403.652.6960