Council adopted the Zero Waste Framework in the Fall of 2012 as the Town’s waste management vision. The Zero Waste Framework outlines how Cochrane can achieve Zero Waste through waste reduction, reuse, recycling, redesign, composting and other actions.

The long-term vision of zero waste in Cochrane includes a goal of 80% of waste diverted from landfill by 2020. We added residential organics collection in the spring of 2017 which had an immediate impact on the volume of waste going to landfill from our community, but we know there’s even more we can do.

The Town is now exploring the option of reducing curbside garbage collection to once every two weeks. This gives residents an opportunity to learn more ways to reduce waste, and encourages all of us to be more thoughtful about what we throw away.

We’d like to hear how much waste you are able to divert!


We talked to a broad and diverse range of people in our community about collection frequency for waste, recycling and organics between March and September 2018, and included:

  • online surveys
  • focus groups
  • events and activities
  • videos and social media

Your feedback is being used to help influence the frequency of residential waste, recycling and organics collection. Look under Related Documents to see the presentation to Town Council on October 9, 2018.

Upcoming Events

Waste reduction BBQ
Thursday August 23, 2018, 6-8pm
Cochrane Legion
114 Fifth Ave


  • March 2018: Kick-off survey
  • April-August 2018: Public activities and focus groups
  • August 2018: Follow-up survey
  • October 2018: Council Presentation

Related Documents

Project Contact

Fabrizio Bertolo
Manager, Waste & Recycling