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Back Alley and Front Collection

The City of Lethbridge uses trucks with automated arms to collect and empty your garbage cart. Currently garbage is collected at the street-front or in back alleys.

After careful analysis of current garbage collection, some back alley pickups will be changed to front collection as per our new Waste Bylaw. Residents will be notified if their back alley collection is impacted.

We have had great success in similar situations by moving collection to the front, even in areas where there is on-street parking. 

Please ensure waste collection carts are placed out for pick up on collection day before 7 a.m.

Carts must be a minimum of 1.5 metres / 5 feet away from any obstacles (cars, trucks, vans, other carts).  If there are cars or trucks parked in front of your sidewalk, you can still put your garbage cart 1.5 metres away from the vehicle so your cart can be emptied safely.

If you have any questions, please contact 403-320-3111.


  • Streets are a lot wider than back alleys and less awkward for large garbage trucks.  Less backing up and turning around means greater line of site for drivers, thus making it safer for pedestrians in the area.
  • Front collection keeps alleys intact and creates less damage that our heavy garbage trucks cause.

  • Front collection ensures that residents take their cart back onto their property, which is a general requirement in our waste bylaw.  This is an ongoing issue that occurs throughout our city.

  • Front collection creates operational efficiencies (i.e. faster collection, less backing up and turning around, less navigating in tight areas and around fences) allowing us to ensure we get all the garbage collected in a week that needs to be collected.

  • Front collection is a much safer way for our trucks and employees to service your garbage cart. Weather conditions, parking issues and other objects in back alleys can make lanes impassable.