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Dropoff Depots

The City of Lethbridge provides three depots of combined recycling stations and yard waste sites. Each area of the city has one of these stations for your convenience.

Where are the drop off depots located?

West depot: 296 Bridge Dr. W

    • Located at the top of Bridge Drive West hill, right before the junction of Bridge Drive West and University Drive (look for the big green flag). ​

North depot: 2200 Stafford Dr. N

    • Located at the junction of Stafford Drive North and Scenic Drive North.

South depot: 2665 28 Ave. S

    • Located on 28 Avenue South between the Lethbridge Soccer Complex and Lethbridge Judo Club. 

The Lethbridge Waste & Recycling Centre (City landfill) also has a place where residents can drop off garbage and other unwanted items, including recyclables and yard waste. Click here for more info.

When are the depots open?

  • The recycling stations are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so you can conveniently recycle both day and night.
  • Yard waste areas accept residential yard waste from April to mid-November from 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. 

Recycling at the depots

  • Cardboard: Clean and flattened cardboard and boxboard (ex. cereal boxes, moving boxes).
  • Bagged Shredded Paper
  • Glass
  • Bagged Plastic Bags (Note Please bundle all plastic bags into one bag and tie)
  • Paper
  • Aluminium and tin cans and foil
  • Plastics: Clean plastics with a number 1 through 7 recycling symbol

Glass is accepted at the depots. Glass is not accepted in the blue residential recycling carts.

  • Dirty Cardboard (ex. pizza boxes)
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Styrofoam (even if it has a recycling symbol) 
  • Garbage
  • Wet or Dirty Paper (ex. paper drink cups)
  • Dirty Glass
  • Light Bulb, Porcelain or Ceramics
  • Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Dispose of Styrofoam in your curbside garbage cart. Food waste and soiled paper products can be composted in the curbside green carts come May for those not already a part of Phase 1 Curbside Organics.

Other items such as household hazardous waste, e-waste, paint and oil can be recycled at the Waste & Recycling Centre (Landfill).

Household recycling such as paper, cardboard, plastic, metal and glass is collected and processed at local facilities, then sold on the open market as a commodity, where it gets recycled into new materials.

Yard waste at the depots

  • Branches (max. 6’ in length, 8" in diameter; no elm tree prunings)
  • Leaves
  • Clean pumpkins (not painted)
  • Grass
  • Garden trimmings (including weeds)
  • Fallen fruit (removed from tree branches)
  • Elm Tree prunings -disease free* (diseased branches must be taken to the Waste and Recycling Centre)

*The City of Lethbridge, along with the Society to Prevent Dutch Elm Disease (STOPDED), encourages residents to pay close attention to the Provincial elm pruning ban which is in place between April 1 to September 30.

  • Branches greater than 8 inches in diameter
  • Diseased Elm tree prunings*
  • Loose loads of leaves and grass
  • Loads containing garbage
  • Commercial vehicles
  • Roots balls and stumps
  • Lumber and fence posts
  • Branches longer than 6 feet
  • Sod and dirt
  • Oversized bags larger than 30 gallons
  • Dumped loads or hydraulic trailers
  • Materials from eaves trough cleaning
  • Mixed loads

The City of Lethbridge, along with the Society to Prevent Dutch Elm Disease (STOPDED), encourages residents to pay close attention to the Provincial elm pruning ban which is in place between April 1 to September 30.

For more information on how to dispose of items not listed here, check out the Waste Wizard.

Please bring bagged yard waste in paper bags. Plastic bags are not compostable and are not accepted for yard waste collection; material must be removed from all plastic. Un-bagging is time consuming and creates unnecessary plastic waste. As the sites are self-serve, unloading or un-bagging help is not provided.

Reminder:  Paper yard waste bags are designed to be 'rolled' or folded closed at the top. The site cannot accept any oversized bags larger than 30 gallons due to safety concerns. Please avoid using any tape or staples to close paper bags, as these materials are not compostable and will not break down.

Retailers that stock paper bags:

  • Canadian Tire North - (403) 320-6191
    • 1240 2 Avenue A North
  • Canadian Tire South - (403) 394-9633
    • 2720 Fairway Road South
  • Home Depot - (403) 331-3575
    • 3708 Mayor Magrath Drive South
  • Home Hardware - (403) 320-5800
    • 30-550 University Drive West
  • London Drugs - (403) 320-8899   
    • 1240 2 Avenue A North
  • Lowes - (403) 388-4000
    • 3849 Mayor Magrath Drive South
  • Rona - (403) 381-9000
    • 2260 32 Street South
  • Safeway - (403) 320-8433
    • 2750 Fairway Plaza Road South
  • Save on Foods - (403) 380-6000
    • 1112 2A Avenue North
  • Sobeys - (403) 320-5154
    • 327 Bluefox Boulevard North
  • Walmart - (403) 380-6722
    • 3195 26 Avenue North

Grass, leaves, branches and other yard waste is brought to the Waste & Recycling Centre to be mulched and composted and used in city parks and planting beds. Composting helps to extend the life of the landfill. Composting also reduced the production of greenhouse gases in the landfill and allows the nutrients to return to the soil and be used for new plant growth.

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