Help us shape our single-use items waste reduction strategy!

The City of Spruce Grove continues to strive to create a more sustainable city and we want to work with you to successfully reduce the amount of single-use items that end up in the landfill each year.

Our initial focus is to determine how to eliminate plastic retail bags, plastic straws, and polystyrene (Styrofoam) single-use containers and cups from the waste stream. By doing this, we also aim to reduce the contamination of our recyclable and compostable materials.

This initiative will have impacts on both businesses and residents, which is why we need your help to shape how we can best divert these items from the waste stream.

Leading the Way!

Municipalities across Alberta are joining others across Canada and the globe to reduce the amount of single-use items in their waste and recycling streams. Spruce Grove is at the forefront of this initiative in Alberta. Let’s work together to be a leader!


The City of Spruce Grove continues to strive to create a more sustainable city and we want to work with you to successfully reduce the amount of single-use items that end up in the landfill each year.

Our initial focus is to determine how to eliminate plastic retail bags, plastic straws, and polystyrene (Styrofoam) single-use containers and cups from the waste stream. By doing this, we also aim to reduce the contamination of our recyclable and compostable materials.

This initiative will have impacts on both businesses and residents, which is why we need your help to shape how we can best divert these items from the waste stream.

Leading the Way!

Municipalities across Alberta are joining others across Canada and the globe to reduce the amount of single-use items in their waste and recycling streams. Spruce Grove is at the forefront of this initiative in Alberta. Let’s work together to be a leader!


Do you have a question about single-use items and why it is important to reduce them from our waste stream? Ask us and our Green Team will be happy to respond!

Have a question about this project? Ask us!

  • Seems hypocritical to ban plastic bags while using a blue bag (made from plastic) program for our recyclables don't you think?

    dano67 asked 25 days ago

    At this time the single-use items reduction strategy is specifically focusing on retail plastic bags, plastic straws and Styrofoam serving trays and cups.  Having said that, the strategy has the potential to expand to other items over time. The City’s initial research on blue bags for the recycling program shows that it is still more beneficial and the environment when they are used vs bins. The transparent bags allow the contents to be easily inspected to prevent contamination to the recycling stream. Although the blue plastic bags have difficult markets right now, the benefit of using them for recylcing collection far outweighs not using them.

  • Why is land fill still being done when incineration is by far a better way of waste disposal? Singapore has a fantastic incineration system with no emissions, heat and power generated is used and next to zero waste left over. The entire waste generated by them is disposed in a little more than a day. I think the video is on u tube but I can provide a link should anyone wish to learn of a near perfect waste disposal method. I have never supported land fill and, as a senior having grown up in a remote area, we incinerated everything and glass was returned for reuse or repurposed at home. We did not have many things of plastic then, but in Singapore they seemed to have solved the problem of emissions from all burnt items.

    Jermats asked 25 days ago

    Thank you for your note! We are aware that many regions globally are moving towards waste to energy as a means of waste management. There are businesses in the Edmonton region that are exploring this technology and the City is paying close attention to their progress. If waste to energy becomes a viable option in the region the City will look into further at that time.

  • Will plastic used in packaging goods be restricted/banned? Plastics such as clamshell containers used for strawberries, grapes, etc

    Melanierawluk asked 26 days ago

    Thank you for your question! At this time the single-use items waste reduction strategy is specifically focusing on retail plastic bags, plastic straws and Styrofoam serving trays and cups.  Having said that, the strategy has the potential to expand to other items over time.  The use of plastic clamshell containers has definitely become an issue more recently with the changes to the global recycling markets.  The City is currently working with several other municipalities in Alberta and has written two letters to the Government of Alberta to encourage the implementation of an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program.  EPR encourages the producers of these plastic and paper packaging products to properly manage their disposal.  This ideally will result in producers manufacturing better quality products or coming up with a more reliable means of recycling.  We encourage you to talk to your local MLA and your grocery store chain on these issues.  For more information on EPR visit: https://recycle.ab.ca/about/public-policy/

  • Will the City of Spruce Grove be reducing plastic blue bags by implementing Blue Bin pickup?

    Hele asked 29 days ago

    Thank you for your question! At this time the single-use items reduction strategy is specifically focusing on retail plastic bags, plastic straws and Styrofoam serving trays and cups.  Having said that, the strategy has the potential to expand to other items over time. The City’s initial research on blue bags vs. blue bin shows that it is still more beneficial to the recycling program and the environment when transparent bags are used for recycling. The transparent bags allow the contents to be easily inspected to prevent contamination to the recycling stream. If you haven’t already, we hope that you will take the time to fill out the survey so your input can be gathered and measured.