Town of Canmore

Holiday Waste & Recycling

The holidays can be one of the most wasteful times of the year. Check out Metro Vancouver's Create Memories, Not Garbage campaign for creative ideas to reduce holiday waste. 

If you cannot reuse items, you can find a list of common items below that are disposed of during the holiday season and the appropriate place to put them.

Please help us keep the community clean, if you see an overflowing bin look for another one or try another day. Operators are working hard at this time to make sure bins are emptied regularly. Garbage left outside of bins can be an animal attractant and an eyesore for everyone in the community.

Mixed Paper Recycling Stream


  • Wrapping paper
  • Boxes
  • Gift bags
  • Cards - large and small stick on type
  • Gift wrap (paper wrap)

Plastic/Metal Recycling Stream

  • Hard plastic packaging

Food Waste

More information on food waste collection can be found here.

Ewaste Recycling - Boulder Crescent Depot

  • Old electronics


  • Plastic wrap
  • Any paper packaging with lining inside
  • Styrofoam
  • Tape
  • Ribbons
  • Bows
  • Foil wrapping paper

Where to Drop Your Christmas Tree

Christmas trees can be dropped off at the following locations until the end of January: 

  • Quarry Lake parking lot
  • Fairholme/17 St.
  • Boulder Crescent recycle depot
  • Benchlands Trail (bike skills parking lot)

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Goodstoney First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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