Recycling in Peace River

Recycling days are Thursday each week for the whole town, bags must be by the curb or alley by no later than 7 am to ensure pickup. There is no limit on the number of bags that can be placed for pickup.

Cardboard boxes must be broken down or folded so they can lay flat. Please place all other recyclables in transparent bags and place them on top of any folded cardboard.

For questions please phone (780) 624-2574.

Is your recycling alley or curb pick-up?

Your recycling gets picked up from whichever location your trash is picked up from, which in most cases in the front curbside. However, some addresses cannot access the street safely for collection and if you reside at one of those addresses then both your recycling and trash would be picked up in the alley. To determine if your address is alley pickup please download our list – you can use Ctrl + F (Cmd + F on a Mac) to search your address on the document.

Download Alley Collection List for Waste and Recycling (PDF)

Help reduce waste

Recycling collection is easy, efficient and eco-friendly. Using bags protects materials from the elements and prevents materials blowing around in the wind. Bags also allow a higher volume of recyclables to be placed out with greater ease, relieving you from throwing so much in the garbage.

What can be recycled?

  • Metal – Tin cans, beverage cans, food containers.
  • Paper – Magazines, newspapers, phone books, and scrap paper.
  • Cardboard – Box board (packaging used for cereal boxes, food packaging) and corrugated cardboard
  • Plastics – Plastic containers, numbers 1 through 7, and plastic film (grocery bags, plastic bags).

All acceptable items can be placed in the blue bag together.

What can’t be recycled?

  • Diapers
  • Garbage
  • Organic Waste
  • Yard waste
  • Glass (take it to the Bottle Depot, if applicable)
  • Electronic waste (take it to the Eco Centre)
  • Styrofoam (take it to the Eco Centre)

Background Info

What are hard plastics 1 – 7?

Hard plastics refers to a broad range of plastic types. A plastic container will contain an image with a number (see picture), each number corresponds to a specific type of plastic. In Peace River numbers one through 7 are accepted.recycle-numbers

1 – PETE – Polyethylene Terephthalate
The easiest of plastics to recycle. Often used for soda bottles, water bottles and many common food packages. Is recycled into bottles and polyester fibers

2 – HDPE – High density Polyethylene
Also readily recyclable – Mostly used for packaging detergents, bleach, milk containers, hair care products and motor oil. Is recycled into more bottles or bags.

3 – PVC – Polyvinyl Chloride
This stuff is everywhere – pipes, toys, furniture, packaging – you name it. Difficult to recycle and PVC is a major environmental and health threat.

4 – LDPE Low-density Polyethylene
Used for many different kinds of wrapping, grocery bags and sandwich bags and can be recycled into more of the same.

5 – PP – Polypropylene
Clothing, bottles, tubs and ropes. Can be recycled into fibers.

6 – PS – Polystyrene
Cups, foam food trays, packing peanuts. Polystyrene (also known as styrofoam) is a real problem as it’s bulky yet very lightweight and that makes it difficult to recycle. For example, a carload of expanded polystyrene would weigh next to nothing so there’s not a lot of materials to reclaim, particularly when you take into account the transport getting it to the point of recycling. It can however be reused. Learn more about recycling polystyrene.

7 – Other
Could be a mixture of any and all of the above or plastics not readily recyclable such as polyurethane. Avoid it if you can – recyclers generally speaking don’t want it.