Garbage and Recycling Information

Please be advised that effective Sunday, January 31, 2021, the Rocky Transfer Station will be permanently closed

Disposal of garbage and recyclable materials remains available at Clearwater County’s existing transfer stations (see list below).

For more details, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for Garbage and Recycling Services page or download the PDF version.

Starting Tuesday, February 2, 2021, County residents can dispose of garbage and 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).

Temporary Central Transfer Station

  • Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Starting Tuesday, February 2, 2021
  • Accepting: bagged garbage, mixed paper, cardboard, tin, glass, plastics, used batteries, e-waste and tires
  • 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.

With the dissolution of the Rocky Mountain Regional Solid Waste Authority (RMRSWA), the Town of Rocky Mountain House, the Village of Caroline and Clearwater County have acknowledged that their respective visions for garbage and recycling services vary significantly. The re-organization of garbage and recycling services is an opportunity for the County to pursue a solid waste management strategy that fits the unique needs of its rural residents and avoids costly duplication of services.

Clearwater County Garbage and Recycling Locations

Clearwater County has a Regional Landfill and ten transfer stations that residents can take their garbage 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 to Saturday: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
EverdellSE 3-38-8-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

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.

Coming Soon: Residential Identification Card System

In the coming months, Clearwater County will introduce a new Resident Identification Card system for use at the Regional Landfill and transfer stations.

Using the Residential Identification Card System, residents of Clearwater County will be able to use the landfill and transfer stations to dispose of a given amount of household waste per year without being personally charged. The amount of waste disposal allotted to cardholders before incurring charges will be based on current disposal figures and ensure that the vast majority of residents never surpass this limit.

Further details on the Residential Identification Card System will be made available in the coming weeks.

A card system is a commonly used method for residents and businesses to access waste disposal services. It will bring the County in-line with other municipalities and eliminate unlimited and unaccountable waste disposal that presents a significant cost to ratepayers and underfunds the long-term liabilities of landfilling.

Tipping fees for commercial waste will be charged as of November 1st, 2020.  The rate is $68.25/tonne. 

Contact office at 403-845-4121 if you have any questions regarding bin rentals and 403-845-4580 if you are a landfill customer.

2020 Regional Landfill Tipping Fee Schedule

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.

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 existing 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.

Accepted at the transfer stations:

  • Freon Appliances: Refrigerators and freezers
  • Accepted at all transfer stations for a fee of $20.00
  • Not accepted at the Regional Landfill

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 the Temporary Central Transfer Station):

  • 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 consists of solid or liquid materials, or containers holding gases, which have outlived their usefulness. These wastes may harm people or the environment unless given special handling and treatment. They may be flammable, corrosive, explosive, or toxic. Because of these dangerous characteristics, they should not be disposed of in the landfills or sewage systems.

 Station Location Pesticide Containers Recycling Depot  Wood Waste Yard Waste
Temporary CentralNE 03-40-7-W5M East Off Highway 22 North NoNoNoNo
 Everdell SE3-38-8-W5 West of Highway 22 South Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Cow Lake

 SE26-38-8-W5 On Highway 752

 No Yes Yes Yes
 Crammond SW16-35-5-W5 On Highway 22 No Yes Yes Yes
 Caroline SW18-36-6-W5 South off of Highway Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Leslieville SE2-39-5-W5 Highway 11 and Highway 761 Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Crossroads  SE26-40-5-W5 On Highway 12 Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Cline River 26/27-37-18-W5 West on Highway 11 No No No No
 Nordegg SW32-40-15-W5 On Trunk Road 734 No Yes Yes Yes
 Faraway NE10-43-6-W5 On Highway 53 No Yes Yes Yes

Accepted at the Regional Landfill and transfer stations:

  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • Couches
  • Desks
  • Microwaves
  • Stereos
  • Mattresses
  • Box springs

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