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First blue carts hit Lethbridge streets

​Bright blue, curbside recycling carts will appear in some parts of Lethbridge this week. The carts are being delivered as part of the initial roll-out of the City's new curbside recycling program.

Approximately 900 homes in portions of the Country Meadows, Garry Station, Fairmont, Stafford Manor and Victoria Park/Upper Eastside neighbourhoods will receive bins as phase 1 of curbside recycling gets underway. The program will roll-out to the entire city in the spring of 2019.

"We're delighted to be launching the first phase of curbside recycling," says Mayor Chris Spearman "This is a long awaited service for our community and an important step in our overall plan to reduce the amount of waste we put in our landfill."

Over the next year, phase 1 residents will test different tools and tactics for delivering recycling services to both single family homes and multi-family complexes. The phase 1 locations were chosen based on a number of factors including, geographic location, front or rear pickup, street design and the age of the neighbourhood. View phase 1 map.

"We are already gathering great feedback from phase 1 participants, says Joel Sanchez, General Manager of Waste and Recycling Services. "More than 50 people participated in a recent focus group and we've established in-person and online opportunities for phase 1 residents to give input. All of this is feeding into the development of our city-wide program."

The City has contracted out the sorting and shipping of recyclables from phase 1 while construction of a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) is underway. The facility which will handle the recyclables collected through the city-wide curbside program will be located at the Waste and Recycling Centre (landfill) and is expected to be operational in early 2019.

Those residents not in phase 1 are encouraged to continue using the recycling stations. These sites will remain open even after curbside recycling is fully implemented to collect extra material and some items not accepted in the blue cart.

Visit to find out what materials are recyclable in Lethbridge, and where to bring them. For more information on the curbside recycling project visit

Media Contact:
Joel Sanchez, General Manager of Waste and Recycling Services | City of Lethbridge
Phone: 403-320-3037 |Email: