Heavy Item Garbage

Heavy Item Garbage (HIG) collection offers residents the opportunity to dispose of large residential waste. It is a service provided in conjunction with your regular garbage pickup service. If you pay the residential garbage charge on your Town of Strathmore utility bill the HIG service is available to you.

In 2021, Council approved revising the Heavy Item Garbage program by reducing the number of events from five per year to two per year (April and September), with the addition of Trash to Treasure which promotes community sustainability, reduction in landfilling and fiscal responsibility.

HIG Collection Schedule
YearHIGTrash to Treasure

April 17 to 21

September 18 to 22

April 13 to 16

September 14 to 17


April 15 to 19

September 16 to 20

April 11 to 14

September 12 to 15


Get the most out of HIG collection
  • Affix items with a HIG sticker or HIGm sticker for mattresses.
  • Place items out for collection by 7:00 am Monday the week of HIG collection.
  • Place items at least 1m (3.3ft) away from objects to the rear or side and 3m (9.8ft) from above.
  • Place items so the HIG sticker is visible from the road or alley.
  • Nestle HIG items between objects such as carts and vehicles.
  • Obstruct the street, sidewalk or alley with your HIG item.
  • Place items heavier than 70kg (154 lbs).
  • Place items longer than 1.24m (4ft).
  • Leave more than 5 items per collection for pickup.
  • Wait until the week of HIG collection to pick up tags.

 We encourage residents to utilize the recycle facility, located at 101 Huxted Way, where possible to minimize recyclable materials from entering the landfills. 

HIG Tags 

Tags let our waste services operators know what can be collected and disposed of. All HIG items must be tagged, regular items with an orange tag and mattresses with a blue tag. Tags are available at the Municipal Building, 1 Parklane Drive.  There is no fee associated with the tags. 

Orange tags for all items except mattresses, blue tags for mattresses

Please note: HIG tags will NOT be given out the week of HIG Pickup.

What is heavy item garbage?
  • Sofas/couches
  • Love seats/chair
  • Mattresses/box springs
  • Dressers/tables
  • Stoves
  • Dishwashers
  • Washers
  • Dryers
  • Refrigerator and freezer without freon and tagged "Freon Free" with doors removed
  • BBQ's
  • Bed frames
  • Maximum of 2 small bundles of lumber of 4 feet in length and secured
What is not heavy item garbage?
  • Recyclable, organics, and residential waste items
  • Vehicle, tires, and car parts in general
  • Propane tanks
  • Tree stumps, rocks, and concrete
  • Residential hazardous or special waste
  • Glass windows or mirrors
  • Toilets, bathtubs, and vanities
  • Air conditioners and dehumidifier
  • Container with liquid (paint, oils, etc.)
  • Electronics (TV's, computers, monitors, laptops, printers, and fax machines)
  • Building, construction or demolition waste
  • Hot water heater and furnace


Heavy Item Garbage - Mattresses

Starting in April 2022, mattresses put out for HIG collection will require a blue HIG tag. Blue mattress tags can be picked up at the Strathmore Municipal Building front counter with regular HIG tags. There is no additional cost to use a blue tag. 

"Close to 20 million mattresses end up in landfills each year, and just one mattress can take up to 40 cubic feet in a landfill. Up to 90 percent of your mattress can be broken down and recycled, so recycling is definitely a better option for the environment than tossing your mattress in the dumpster." (Consumer Affairs, April 2021)

Through our waste services collection, The Town of Strathmore recycles collected mattresses. Each mattress is torn apart and separated into what is recyclable and what is not, I.E., wood frames, steel springs, polyurethane foam, and the outer foam.

Outside of HIG collection week, mattresses can be disposed of at the recycling facility for a fee. Contact the Town or facility operator for current fees.

Consider the condition of the mattress before disposing of it. A relatively new and still in good shape mattress can be sold, donated, or repurposed.

Trash to Treasure 

Trash to Treasure Days encourages residents to put any usable items out prior to the Heavy Item Garbage collection, so others can pick it up and give it a new home. This is a great opportunity to give unwanted items a new life while keeping them out of landfills!

Donators and Collectors

- Place your HIG marked, unwanted but reusable items at the same location you would place items for HIG collection.

- At the end of the Trash to Treasure Days remove any items you want to keep, leave others for HIG collection.

- Take only items marked with a HIG tag.

- Respect other properties.

- Do not discard unwanted items on another resident’s property.


Residents are encouraged to use the Recycle Facility and the Take It or Leave It program located at 101 Huxted Way

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