Blue Bag Recycling is here!

The Summer Village of Silver Sands is Going green!  The Summer Village has begun a Blue-bag recycling program.

Blue bags will be collected on Tuesday mornings - bi-weekly during the

winter months (November to April) and weekly during the summer months (May

to October).

How the program works?

-Residents will be responsible for supplying their own Blue bags (these are blue-colored large plastic garbage-type bags – can be purchased at most grocery / hardware / department stores) to use for household recyclables.

-There is no limit on the number of blue bags you can put out!

​​What items can be put into the Blue bags?

-Mixed Paper

-Paperboard/Cardboard (clean, no food soil) (please break down large cardboard boxes)

-Tin Cans (cleaned)

-Rigid Plastic (#1 & #2)

-Deposit Items (Mix containers, pop & beer cans/bottles, tetra paks)

What items can NOT be put into the Blue bags?

NO Styrofoam! / NO straws or plastic utensils! / NO plastic bags! / NO hazardous waste!

Bags will be tagged and will not be picked up if they contain items that are not allowed.

Waste Pick Up Information 
Waste Pick Up is on Tuesday Mornings at 7:00 a.m.
The Summer Village contracts solid waste pickup service. Waste containers are picked up bi-weekly during the winter months of November to April & weekly during the summer months of May to October.  Each property is provided with a waste container.  Please ensure your container is out by 7:00 a.m. on collection days.  If you require repair or replacement of your waste container, contact the Summer Village Admin Office at 587-873-5765.

Household Cart Tips

Some general guidelines for cart use are as follows:
Place your cart at your collection point by 7:00 a.m. on collection day.
Place your cart on the road surface.
Ensure the cart opens toward the road. (Wheels and handles toward your house)
Place carts at least 1 m from parked cars, other carts or any obstruction.
Ensure that only approved waste is contained in the cart, ONLY non-hazardous waste is accepted.
Avoid overfilling the cart. Lids must close for proper dumping.Regional Landfill Site
Large items and excessive waste can be taken to the Highway 43 Waste Commission located on highway 43 and RR35.  Their hours are Monday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed on stat holidays and Sundays).  There is a charge of $57.50/tonne.

Tips for Reducing Waste
Reduce - Buy only what you need. If you buy too much food, it'll spoil before you get the chance to eat it. Use reusable shopping bags - always carry a bag with you, just in case you need one. Find out how to compost and compost food scraps and use them to grow more food. Avoid purchasing products with excessive packaging.

Reuse Shop second-hand and at consignment stores or consider re-selling your ‘stuff’ before throwing it out.  Utilize sites like Kijiji and Ebay for buying and selling.

Recycle Look for public recycling bins when you're out at the park or shopping centre. Request recycling bins when you find a business that doesn’t have one. Try all waste disposal options, and at last, throw it out.

Examine your buying and disposal habits:
Do you choose durable goods over disposables?
Do you bring your own reusable bags and carry a reusable mug with you?
Do you separate materials for reuse, recycle and compost?

Council is aware that the bi-weekly waste schedule may not accommodate some families.  The following options are, therefore, available to you:

Larger items can be disposed of at the Summer Village’s Annual Large Bin Clean up which is held in May or can be taken year-round to the Regional Landfill Site located at RR35 and Hwy 43, a per tonne fee will apply.

Other Recyclable items can be taken to the Regional Landfill Site located at RR35 and Hwy 43.  The following items are accepted:
Paper, Cardboard, Clear Glass, Plastics, Tires, Batteries, Paint, Hazardous Household Waste, and Electronics. Household Hazardous Waste Roundups are held each year in the month of September in Onoway and Mayerthorpe.  Pesticide Containers must be triple or pressure washer rinsed and the cap and booklet removed but leave the label on.

If you still feel you require a second waste cart, you can deal with GFL Environmental directly by contacting them at 780-444-8805.


Please ensure your waste cart and your blue bags are out by 7:00 a.m. on

pick-up day!


Blue Bag Recycling helps to keep waste out of the landfills.

All of the Blue Bags collected in Silver Sands are delivered to a recycling facility for sorting and shipped from there to process.

Summer Village

Compost Site

Now Open!
The Summer Village Compost site is located at the Public Works Quonset.


Hours of operation are Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   The site currently accepts leaves, grass clippings and lake weeds.

Summer Village of Silver Sands
Box 8
Alberta Beach AB
T0E 0A0

Office/Courier Location:
4808-51 Street
Onoway AB  T0E 1V0
P:587-873-5765    F:780-967-0431


The Weather Network

  Waste Collection Update

   Waste Collection Change: There will be weekly waste pick up on Tuesday's during the months of May to October.
   Blue-Bag Collection Change:  Beginning February 2019, Blue-Bag collection will follow the waste collection schedule of  

                                                   Tuesday's (bi-weekly winter pickup and weekly summer pickup).

2019 Waste & Blue-Bag Collection Calendar - Print Here

2019 Recycling Stats

September 2019 Totals

-80 Blue Bags

-23 Cardboard Box

​-  1 Water Jug

August 2019 Totals
-103 Blue Bags
-  28 Cardboard Boxes

July 2019 Totals

-119 Blue Bags

-  28 Cardboard Boxes

June 2019 Totals 
-138 Blue Bags 
-  21 Bundles of Cardboard

May 2019 Totals 

-120 Blue Bags 

-  21 Bundles of Cardboard

-    5 plastic jugs

April 2019 Totals

-68 Blue Bags

-  9 Bundles of Cardboard

-  2 Plastic Jugs

March 2019 Totals

-58 Blue Bags

-  9 Cardboard Boxes

-12 Plastic Jugs

February 2019 Totals

-44 Blue Bags