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Dollars and Cents

Providing curbside recycling isn't as simple as picking up a blue cart instead of a black. It requires the development of an entirely new program and the addition of equipment and infrastructure to support it.


​Starting in May 2019, the City of Lethbridge will be collecting an additional $7/month through residential utility bills to pay for a portion of the curbside recycling program expenses. The program is not solely funded through utility charges as it will also generate revenue from the sale of recyclable materials and any regional use of the City's Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) by other municipalities or industries.  

What does my $7 go towards?

Some of the initial and ongoing costs include:

  • Construction of the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and equipment that will sort recyclables
  • Purchase of bins and carts for 33,000 households and 5,500 multi-family complexes
  • Purchase of two additional collection trucks and modifications to current fleet
  • Expansion of the garage facility to house additional trucks
  • Processing and marketing the recyclable materials
  • Resources for public education and outreach
  • MRF operations (maintenance, utilities, staffing)

Understanding your Utility Bill

Don't I already pay a Waste reduction charge on my utility bill?

Currently, residents pay a Waste Reduction Fee of $0.12/day and monthly charges vary depending on how many days there are in the month. This covers the cost of the City's three recycling stations which will stay in operation to accept recyclables not allowed in the blue cart and large volumes of recycling. It also supports other recycling programs like fall leaf collection, Christmas tree recycling, yard waste sites and the collection of household hazardous waste. These programs will all still exist in conjunction with curbside recycling.

If you're only picking my garbage up every other week, why isn't my Waste collection fee going down?

The Collection & Disposal Fee on your utility bill covers the current cost of collecting and disposing of waste at our landfill as well as many other programs outside of black cart pick-up. This includes Large Item Service (LIS), lifecycle costs and offering free Saturday disposals at the Waste and Recycling Centre (landfill). The cost of providing these services has increased over time but the fee to residents has remained the same since 2012. By maintaining the current waste collection fee, we can ensure the service is sustainable into the future.

For more information visit our Utility Customer Care.

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