Automated Waste Collection Program

Automated Waste Collection is here in the Town of Barrhead. It's a cleaner, safer, and smarter way to collect waste. Low Density Residential use black wheeled waste carts while High Density Residential, Businesses, and Institutions will receive collection bins. The automated trucks empty the carts and bins using a mechanical arm, making collection safer for our workers. Although this video was shot in a different municipality, please watch this short clip to understand how the new automated waste collection truck will operate. 


Town Representatives will be visiting duplexes and single family homes to introduce you to your new Black Waste Cart beginning July 9. Carts will be delivered between 8:00AM and 4:30PM. Use of your cart begins the week of July 23. Please contact us before then should you have questions or concerns about your new Waste Cart.

Quick Cart Facts

  • Your scheduled collection day will not change.
  • There is no charge for your cart.
  • All waste collection will now take place in front of your residence.
  • There will be no more waste collection using lane-ways.
  • Your cart is tied to your address using a serial number

Using Your Cart

 Park It


On the street with wheels 1m (3ft) away from the curb or shoulder if there is no curb.



Position the cart with the arrow on the lid pointing towards the street.



Leave at least 1m (3ft) of space around all sides of the cart. An arm’s length is roughly 1m.


DOs and DON'Ts For Your New Cart

 Please DO
  • Ensure that all waste is securely contained in disposable waste bags within the cart.
  • Place your cart in front of your residence by 7:00am on your scheduled collection day.
  • Keep your cart clean, well maintained, and secure on your property when not in use.
  • Have your cart off the street by 11:00pm on your collection day.
 Please DON'T
  • Overfill your cart. The lid of your cart must close completely to be collected properly.
  • Place garbage beside your cart. All garbage must be within the cart and the cart free of any interference.
  • Leave your cart on the sidewalk or property for collection. Carts must be located on the road, 1m (ft) away from the curb or shoulder, to be properly collected by the truck.

For additional information you can consult our Black Cart User Guide or visit our Automated Waste Cart FAQ page. If you still have questions or concerns, please contact the Town Office at 780-674-3301 or town@barrhead.ca.



For residential buildings with 3 or more dwelling units such as 4-plexes or apartment buildings, automated bins will be arriving later in the summer. Until that time there is no change to the current collection routine.



For all commercial and industrial buildings, large automated bins and containers will become available later in the summer. Until that time there is no change to the current collection routine.