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How To Know What Large Items Can Go To A Recycling Facility

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While spring cleaning may be officially over, with COVID-19 still seeing a large number of people working from home you might be looking for ways to clear out your house. Instead of just taking everything to the dump, or trying to list it on Facebook Marketplace, there are options to recycle many of your larger items. That said, recycling large items like mattresses, electronics, and construction waste can be a challenge if you aren’t sure how to go about it. There are waste management and recycling companies like ours that can help. If you would rather take care of it yourself, here are some of the ways you can properly dispose of large recyclable items in Calgary.

Mattresses Recycling

Did you know that the recovery rate of recycled mattress materials is over 95%? Recovered materials from a recycled mattress include cotton, fabric, foam, plastic, and wood.


Here are a few things to keep in mind to make recycling your mattress a stress-free process:

  1. Make sure you take care of your mattress while you have it. The better condition your mattress is in, the better chance you have of recycling it later. If your mattress has stains, mildew, or pests, it may be rejected by recycling centers.
  2. Know your options. Many Calgary waste disposal companies offer drop off and pick up services. If you would rather bring your old mattress to a designated recycling centre, you likely can bring it during the centre’s operational hours, just check online or call first to confirm. In some cases, if you can’t get your mattress to a recycling centre, call to see if you can arrange a pickup. There are several companies that can assist with mattress recycling.

Recycling Electronics

According to the Alberta Recycling Management Authority’s 2018-19 Progress Report, 9.5 million TV’s and computer products have been recycled in Alberta since 2004, as part of Canada’s first electronics recycling program. The electronics recycled are broken down to remove and separate the glass, plastic, and metals in them. These parts are then sent to the manufacturing supply chain to be repurposed in other products.


If you have electronics you've been holding onto, you can drop them off at a registered recycling facility.

Below is a list of the more common household electronics you might want to dispose of:

  • Cellular Phones
  • Televisions
  • Computers
  • Servers
  • Laptops
  • Tablets
  • Copiers
  • Fax Machines
  • Printers
  • Scanners

Construction Waste Recycling

Construction waste like drywall is highly recyclable. Metals removed from the home, asphalt roof shingles and any masonry or glass are also recyclable.


Additionally, the City of Calgary says other materials made of raw and unprocessed wood like pallets and dimensional lumber can also be recycled.

To assist your construction waste removal, dumpster bins can be rented from waste disposal companies like C&C Waste Disposal. Our team will help you figure out what size bin you need, and schedule a drop off time and date. Once the bin is full, we can pick it up and properly dispose of the materials on your behalf.

Furniture Recycling


According to the City of Calgary, furniture can be recycled in two ways. If your old furniture is in good condition, consider donating it to participating charities. Find out which charities are accepting furniture at Alberta’s Recycling Hotline.

If your furniture is broken or in poor condition, you can still take it to a city landfill to be disposed of or recycled for scrap metal.

If you want to avoid the stress of recycling large items, you can count on the professionals by hiring a waste disposal company. Waste disposal companies have the experience and tools to properly dismantle large items into their smaller recyclable components.

At C&C Waste Management, we offer bin rental and waste disposal solutions in Calgary. Call us at 403-818-7371 to book a bin. Once the bin is full, we will haul everything away and dispose of it correctly for you.

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