Environmental Services Programs

Environmental Services organizes programs and events that support environmental protection and help create a cleaner, greener Red Deer. Click the links below to find out how you can get involved.

Mark your calendar for these 2020 dates:

EnergyWise Residential Workshops  January 20 - Funded by Energy Efficiency Alberta, this program teaches Red Deer residents simple, affordable ways to reduce energy use in their homes by providing them with education, tools and resources. There is no cost to participate. Registration opens January 20.

Composting at Home Program  March 5 - This is the final year this program will be offered to learn to compost in your own backyard. Sign up to be notified when registration opens for this free program on March 5. 

Rain Barrel Rebate Program  April 6 to August 28 - Purchase a rain barrel and apply for a rebate of 50 per cent of the cost of the rain barrel - up to $50! 

Plant and Mulch Rebate Programs  April 6 to October 23 - Purchase native or drought-tolerant plants from the eligible plant list, or purchase permeable mulch and apply for rebates. Rebates are 50 per cent of the total cost up to $50 for each plant and mulch – that’s up to $100.

Commuter Challenge  May 31 – June 6 - Encourages Canadians to leave their cars at home and rewards walking, cycling, carpooling/ride-sharing, taking transit and telecommuting. This week-long event and friendly competition takes place during Canadian Environment Week. 

Clean Air Day  June 3 - Celebrated during Environment Week, this day recognizes the importance of clean air to our environment and health.  Stay tuned for details on events in Red Deer and central Alberta. 

Kick it to the Curb  third full weekend of the month from May through October – This city-wide event helps Red Deerians reduce and reuse. Place your useful but unwanted items at the front of your property and give them away during Kick it to the Curb. 

Participate in these programs all year:

Toilet Rebate Program - Replace a high flow toilet with a qualifying low-flow toilet and apply for a rebate.

Energy & Water Conservation Toolkits – A home conservation assessment can help you learn how to make your home more energy efficient. Contact the Red Deer Public Library to borrow a free do-it-yourself kit today.

Green Carts - Place your organic waste including food scraps, yard waste and pet waste in your Green Cart for weekly, year round pick up.

Blue Carts - Place recyclables such as paper, cardboard, numbered plastics (numbers 1 through 7), and metal cans in your blue cart for regular collection. 

Compost and Mulch - Compost and mulch are for sale weekdays at the Waste Management Facility from early May until it is sold out.

Waste Management Facility - Residential waste, recycling, household hazardous waste, electronic waste, scrap metal (including Freon appliances and propane tanks), light bulbs, residential paint products, tires, asphalt shingles, yard waste, unpainted gypsum drywall, and unpainted lumber are accepted at the Waste Management Facility. 

Medication Return - Throwing unused medication in the trash or flushing down the toilet can be harmful to the environment. Expired, unused and unwanted medications can be dropped off for free, year-round at participating pharmacies.

Community Education Programs: 

The City of Red Deer's Environmental Educator works with schools, youth and community groups to deliver educational programs and presentations on a variety of environmental topics. These programs are customizable and available at no cost for groups in Red Deer.

Waste, It's Our Story to Tell - Review the three R’s, identify wastes resulting from human activity and learn conservation tips to protect our precious resources. Links to the Grade 4 Waste in Our World science unit.

Yellow Fish Road - Learn how to protect your local watershed and make a difference in your community’s water quality with this fun environmental action project. Direct curriculum connection to the Grade 5 science unit Wetland Ecosystems. 

Idle Free Schools - Designate your school as Idle Free and help to improve air quality. A presentation, Idle Free Schools manual and Idle Free signs are available.

Air Quality and Us - Learn how we affect air quality and how air quality affects us through a hands-on monitoring experience and encouraging personal action. Links to the Grade 5 science unit Weather Watch.

Want to stay up to date on The City of Red Deer's environmental initiatives? Sign up to receive quarterly emails.

Questions or comments? Call Environmental Services at 403-342-8750 or email environmentalservices@reddeer.ca

News & Notices

Applications open for Social Services...

March 27, 2020

Charitable and non-profit organizations throughout the province can now submit applications for provincial Social Services Support Funding for COVID-19 Response.

Red Deer City Hall to close amid COVID-1

March 24, 2020

Red Deer City Hall will temporarily close to the public at the end of day today to protect staff and citizens and prevent the spread of COVID-19.