Heavy Item Garbage

Heavy Item Garbage (HIG) is a service provided in conjunction with your garbage pickup service.  If you pay the residential garbage charge on your Town of Strathmore utility bill the HIG service is available to you. Residents may dispose of large residential waste during each pick up week. 

All items must be placed at your regular garbage pickup location by 7:00 am Monday of HIG week and affixed with a HIG sticker that is available at the Strathmore Municipal Office the week prior to pickup. Place HIG items at least 1.24m / 4ft from your garbage cart. Each item must be lifted by hand without the aid of machinery for a maximum weight per item of 70kg /154 lbs and a maximum length of 1.24m / 4ft .

We encourage residents to utilize recycle facility, located at 101 Huxted Way, where possible to minimize recyclable materials from entering the landfills. For more information visit: www.facebook.com/huxtedwd/

2022 Heavy Item Garbage (HIG) Schedule

Collection of HIG items will occur in conjunction with your scheduled garbage collection schedule. Council recently 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 would assist in promoting community sustainability, reduction in landfilling and fiscal responsibility.

  • April 18 - 22, 2022
  • September 19 - 23, 2022

HIG Tags 

All HIG items must be tagged, regular items with and orange tag and mattresses with a blue tag. Tags are available at the Municipal Building, 1 Parklane drive, the week before HIG pick  (April 15 to 18 and Sept 19 to 23).  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?
  • Washers, dryers, dishwashers, and stoves
  • Furniture (sofas, love seats, tables, chairs, dressers etc.)
  • Mattresses, bed frames, and box springs
  • Carpet must be rolled and no longer than 1.24m / 4ft
  • Separated/salvageable metal materials - small quantity
  • Small amounts of lumber 1.24m / 4ft in length bundled and tied
  • BBQ’s with propane removed
  • Fridges and freezers with the doors removed ONLY if the freon has been removed and the item has a certificate to show this has been done. 
What is not heavy item garbage?
  • Fridges or Freezers with Freon
Heavy Item Garbage - Mattresses

Starting 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 Waste Management’s waste collection services, 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.

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 them up and give them a new home. This is a great opportunity to give unwanted items a new life while keeping them out of landfills!


  • April 14 - 17, 2022
  • Sept 15 - 18, 2022


  • Place unwanted but reusable items at same location you would place items for HIG collection. 
  • Mark your items with a HIG tag so people know what is available for the taking
  • At the end of the Trash to Treasure Days remove any items you want to keep
  • Leave items out that you want collected during HIG week


  • Take only items marked with a HIG tag
  •  Respect others properties
  •  Do not discard unwanted items on another resident’s lawn

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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