Solid Waste and Recycling Information

Solid Waste Management Master Plan 

Clearwater County is in the process of preparing a solid waste and recycling management master plan which will outline a long-term plan for collecting and managing the County’s waste in a sustainable and fiscally responsible manner.

Clearwater County in conjunction with Tetra Tech Canada Inc. conducted a community survey regarding current solid waste & recycling services from April 13 until May 20, 2022. Stay tuned for the update in the fall.


Solid Waste Disposal Access Card

As of April 1, 2021, residents of Clearwater County, and non-residents, can fill out an application form and receive access cards for use at the Clearwater Regional Landfill and Clearwater County Solid Waste & Recyclables Transfer Stations. 

The Solid Waste Disposal Access Card allows for drop off of recyclables and disposal of residential and light agricultural waste at both the transfer stations and the Clearwater Regional Landfill (excluding recyclables) for no additional costs. All other over-sized loads and/or commercial loads will still incur fees, at the Clearwater Regional Landfill, in accordance with Bylaw 1105/21 Solid Waste and Recycling Services.

For more information and to download an application form, click here.


Solid Waste and Recycling Locations

Clearwater County has a Regional Landfill and ten transfer stations that residents can take their solid waste and recyclables. Each location may have restrictions or limitations for different types of recycling. Please refer to this chart for a list of acceptable material at each location. 



StationLocationHours of Operation
Regional LandfillNE 12-40-09-W5M Off Highway 11Monday to Friday: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Temporary CentralNE 03-40-7-W5M East Off Highway 22 NorthTuesday:  7:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Wednesday to Saturday: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
EverdellSE 3-38-7-W5 West Off Highway 22 SouthSunday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Wednesday: 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Cow LakeSE 26-38-8-W5 On Highway 752Sunday: 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
CrammondSW 16-35-5-W5 On Highway 22Sunday: 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
CarolineSW 18-36-6-W5 South Off Highway 22Sunday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Tuesday: 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Saturday: 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
CrossroadsSE 26-40-5-W5 On Highway 12Thursday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday: 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Cline26/27-37-18-W5 West On Highway 11Open April 15 to September 15
LeslievilleSE 2-39-5-W5 Highway 11 and Highway 761Tuesday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
NordeggSW 32-40-15-W5 On Trunk Road 734Sunday: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Monday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Wednesday: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
FarawayNE 10-43-6-W5 On Highway 53Tuesday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Saturday: 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM


Transfer Station and Landfill Closures for Statutory Holidays

All transfer stations (except for Nordegg) and regional landfill are closed for statutory holidays. The Nordegg transfer stations remains open if its operational days are impacted by a holiday, as per Council direction. 

Statutory holidays that might affect transfer station and landfill operations:

  • New Year’s Day (January)
  • Family Day (February) 
  • Easter - Good Friday and Easter Sunday (Easter Monday transfer stations and landfill are open)
  • Victoria Day (May)
  • Canada Day (July 1)
  • Civic Holiday (August)
  • Labour Day (September)
  • Thanksgiving (October)
  • Remembrance Day (November)
  • Christmas Day (December) 
  • Boxing Day (December)

Solid Waste and Recycling Options


Rules and Guidelines for Waste Disposal

  • Any loads that are larger than a half ton box sized load must go to the Regional Landfill for disposal. 
  • All vehicles must check in with station attendant at window.
  • Children must remain in the vehicle at all times when disposing of waste or recycling goods.
  • All freon appliances are $20.00 each for freon removal. This also includes water coolers, refrigerators and freezers.
  • All herbicide and pesticide containers must be triple rinsed. No exceptions.
  • Ashes, concrete and animal carcasses are only accepted at the Regional Landfill.
Clearwater County residents are encouraged to utilize transfer stations within Clearwater County as other locations outside the County’s jurisdiction may require proof of residency and could result in refusal of loads. Please note that Lacombe Regional Waste Services Commission (LRWSC) requires proof of Lacombe County residency to access their waste transfer sites in Lacombe County. Loads will be refused if Lacombe proof of residency is not shown to the attendant.
  1. New Year’s Day (January)
  2. Family Day (February) 
  3. Easter - Good Friday and Easter Sunday (Easter Monday transfer stations and landfill are open)
  4. Victoria Day (May)
  5. Canada Day (July 1st)

Agriculture Recycling

Clearwater County now offers recycling options for certain agricultural plastics.

To learn more, visit Clean Farms.

General Plastics

HDPE Plastics and clear jugs can be taken to the Transfer stations or depots for recycling.

Accepted for recyclables: Any plastics stamped with a number between 1 and 7.

Not accepted for recyclables: Films, bags and cellophane wrap are disposed of separately. 

Agriculture Plastics

If you have used baler twine you can recycle it at the following transfer station locations in Clearwater County:
📍 Temporary Central
📍 Crossroads
📍 Leslieville
📍 Cow Lake
📍 Everdell
📍 Caroline
📍 Crammond

Please ensure that clean & dry twine is placed in a recycling bag. Learn more at what can be recycled and where at: https://cleanfarms.ca/

Tipping fees for commercial waste will be charged as of November 1st, 2020. The rate is $70.00/tonne. Please contact the County office at 403-845-4444 if you have any questions.

Clearwater County Bylaw 1105/21 Solid Waste and Recycling Services

WASTE TYPEWASTE MATERIALRATE/TONNE REGIONALRATE/TONNE 
NON-REGIONAL
MSWResidential$70.00$92.50
ICI
Commercial$70.00$92.50
Industrial$70.00$92.50
Institutional$70.00$92.50
Construction & DemolitionConstruction & Demolition$70.00$92.50
Concrete$35.00$40.00
Special Waste
Asbestos (special handling charges apply; non-regional waste requires special approval).
*Please contact Landfill at
403-845-4580 for rates
$95.00

$180.00/hour
*Please contact Landfill at
403-845-4580 for rate
$180.00/hour
Wet-Ash
ADC/Soils (pre-approved)
HDPE Liners
*Please contact Landfill at
403-845-4580 for rates
$35.00


$1,800.00/load
$40.00


$2,400.00/load
OilfieldOilfield$70.00$92.50
Yard Waste
Residential
No charge$92.50
Commercial$70.00$92.50
Metals
ResidentialNo charge$92.50
Commercial$70.00$92.50


Clearwater County Bylaw 1105/21 Solid Waste and Recycling Services

WASTE TYPEREGIONAL FEESNON-REGIONAL FEES
Residential Waste
Household waste - less than pick-up load (bagged waste only)No charge$15.00/min.
Pick-up and trailers less than 8 feet (based on average 250 kgs)$17.50$23.25
Pick-up and trailers less than 20 feet (based on 500 kgs)$35.00$46.25
Construction & Demolition/Mixed Waste
Household waste - less than pick-up loadNo charge$15.00/min.
Pick-up and trailers less than 8 feet (based on average 250 kgs)$17.50$23.25
Pick-up and trailers less than 20 feet (based on 500 kgs)
*No concrete/asphalt
*No large loads accepted. Please contact Landfill at 403-845-4580.
$35.00$46.25
ICI (Commercial/Industrial/Institutional Waste)Not accepted at waste transfer stations. Please contact Landfill at 403-845-4580.Not accepted at waste transfer stations. Please contact Landfill at 403-845-4580.
Metals (pick-up load or less)No charge$20.00/min.
Freon-based appliances (fridges, freezers, etc.) $20.00 surcharge$20.00 surcharge
Residential recyclables
ARMA Program Waste: e-waste, HHW/paint, tires
No feeNo fee
Yard Waste (residential only)
*No large or commercial loads accepted.
$5.00/min.$5.00/min.


Prohibited Materials

  • Bulk liquid waste
  • Radioactive waste
  • Explosives
  • Unlabeled/unknown hazardous material
  • Biomedical waste

Surcharges and Fines

Prohibited Waste: If a person or company knowingly disposes of prohibited materials will face a fine and clean up costs.

Illegal and Afterhours Dumping: Any person caught dumping waste outside the transfer station or waste facility area will be reported and charged accordingly.

Unsecured/Uncovered Loads: Any person caught with an unsecure and uncovered load may be reported and fined.

As of Tuesday, February 2, 2021, County residents can dispose of solid waste and drop off limited recyclable materials at the Temporary Central Transfer Station located roughly 4 kilometres north of Rocky Mountain House (east off Highway 22 at NE 03-40-7-W5M near the Rocky Mountain House Airport).

  • Open Wednesday to Saturday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Open Tuesdays 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Accepting: bagged garbage, mixed plastics, cardboard, mixed paper, office paper, bulk metals, tin cans, glass, household hazardous waste, tires, yard waste, e-waste, batteries, propane bottles, freon appliances.
  • Bulk loads and other recyclable materials can be disposed of at the Regional Landfill and Clearwater County's existing transfer stations.
The Temporary Central Transfer Station is an interim solution that will allow the County to assess current service level demands and prepare a permanent location near Rocky Mountain House that is cost-effective, convenient for County residents and aligns with long-term planning objectives.

It is imperative that all persons entering the site understand and abide by these safety rules:

  • A minimum distance of 20 feet must be maintained between all personnel, trucks, rolling stock and heavy equipment.
  • All drivers exiting the vehicle must remain within 6 feet of the vehicle at all times.
  • Children must remain in the vehicle.
  • Smoking is prohibited in the pit.
  • Horseplay, scavenging or picking through loads is strictly prohibited.
  • All loads are subject to random inspection by landfill personnel.
  • All contractors, account holders, landfill staff and truck drivers must wear personal protective equipment.

All persons and vehicles enter the landfill at their own risk.

Clearwater County assumes no liability for bodily injury, or property damage while on landfill property.

Accepted at the Regional Landfill and transfer stations:

  • Unrecyclable materials
  • Household waste
  • Painted, stained or preserved wood materials
  • Ceramics, mirrors, wired glass and windshields
  • Waxed cardboard
  • Drywall and mixed demolition

Accepted at the Regional Landfill and transfer stations:

  • Non Freon Appliances
  • Metal appliances can be placed in the metal recycling
  • Freon Appliances (refrigerators and freezers) for a fee of $20.00
  • All other appliances with cords or batteries can be recycled as e-waste at transfer stations only. 

The Landfill will accept asbestos materials on Mondays only and prior arrangements must be made. Materials must be double bagged using 6ml. yellow bags. These can be purchased at most industrial retail locations. Phone: 403-845-4580

Accepted at all transfer stations (except Cline):

  • Batteries from cell phones, cordless phones, power tool, laptops and vehicles, etc.
  • Alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, 9V, 6V, etc.)

Accepted at the Regional Landfill and transfer stations:

  • Brush
  • Tree limbs
  • Grass clippings
Empty, clean glass with removed lids can be recycled and located only at the Coop Recycle Depot.
 
Clear Glass
  • Jars (ie. jam or pickle jars)
  • Bottles (ie. glass sauce bottles)
Coloured Glass
  • Flower Vases
  • Wine Bottes
No ceramics, plate glass or mirrors.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) are toxic, flammable, corrosive, and reactive products generated from households.

HHW has at least one of the following properties:

  • Toxic e.g. fabric softeners, household pesticides and herbicides
  • Flammable e.g. nail polish remover, acetone, gasoline
  • Reactive e.g. foam insulation
  • Corrosive e.g. oven cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, bleach

These wastes may harm people or the environment unless given special handling and treatment.

HHW products can be recycled at various locations, please refer to this chart for a list of locations.

To learn more about the HHW program, click here


Paint Products

Eligible paint products are accepted everywhere except for the Regional Landfill and Cline transfer station. 

To learn what an eligible paint product is, click here. 


Used Oil 

Used oil products are only accepted at the Temporary Central Transfer Station. 

For a list of accepted products, click here. 

Majority of household items and electronics are accepted at the regional landfill and transfer stations. 

Please note, electronics taken to transfer stations will be recycled as e-waste. For more information on what is accepted, visit www.albertarecycling.ca.