Solid Waste and Recycling Information FAQ

As the County pursues cost-effective and convenient garbage and recycling services, residents and businesses are reminded that:

  • Recycling services continue at the the Rural Waste Transfer Stations. In addition, limited recyclable materials (mixed paper and old corrugated cardboard) are accepted at the Temporary Central Transfer Station. For more information on acceptable materials, please refer to this chart.
  • Residents from the Town of Rocky Mountain House and the Village of Caroline will have access to Clearwater County’s Regional Landfill and Rural Transfer Stations. Disposal fees will apply to ensure that waste disposal services reflect a user-pays system. Payment processes and rates are currently being determined.
  • The Regional Landfill will continue to serve as a central disposal site for all stakeholders in Clearwater County. The County also encourages waste diversion and recycling as part of its commitment to environmental stewardship.


Frequently Asked Questions


Residents from the Town of Rocky Mountain House and the Village of Caroline will have access to Clearwater County’s Regional Landfill and Rural Transfer Stations. Disposal fees will apply to ensure that waste disposal services reflect a user-pays system. Payment processes and rates are currently being determined.

Previously, residential and commercial waste disposal costs were distributed among the Town, Village and Clearwater County according to the amount of the waste generated and population. With the dissolution of the Rocky Mountain Regional Solid Waste Authority (RMRSWA), the existing model for waste disposal fees is no longer applicable.

In addition, the cost of solid waste disposal has historically been subsidized through revenues generated from waste received from outside the County. With the depletion of these revenues and the dissolution of the RMRSWA, the County will apply landfill tipping fees with goal of operating on a cost-recovery basis. Regardless of new partnerships or agreements, the cost of solid waste disposal would have increased for participating members of the former RMRSWA.

The Regional Landfill will continue to serve as a central disposal site for all stakeholders in Clearwater County. The County also encourages waste diversion and recycling as part of its commitment to environmental stewardship.

Recycling services continue at the Regional Landfill and Rural Transfer Stations. In addition, limited recyclable materials (mixed paper and old corrugated cardboard) are accepted at the Temporary Central Transfer Station. For more information on acceptable materials, please see this chart.

County residents who are interested in accessing the Town of Rocky Mountain House’s Eco-Centre are encouraged to contact the Town of Rocky Mountain House at 403-845-3220 or visit their website at www.rockymtnhouse.com/p/eco-centre.

Clearwater County is currently reviewing the hours of operation. Current Regional Landfill hours of operation are from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., excluding statutory holidays.

Access to the Eco Centre for County residents and businesses is $204/year.

The cost of providing garbage and recycling services will not increase due to the dissolution of the Rocky Mountain Regional Solid Waste Authority (RMRSWA). However, the cost of solid waste disposal is projected to rise for former participating municipalities as revenue generated by waste received from outside the County continues to decrease.

Clearwater County, the Town of Rocky Mountain House and the Village of Caroline have mutually agreed that the Rocky Mountain Regional Solid Waste Authority was not meeting the respective needs of each municipality. The County continues to look for ways to partner with neighbouring municipalities to improve service delivery and lower expenses for residents and businesses.

Clearwater County is committed to responsible solid waste management that is cost-effective and reflects the priorities of our residents and businesses.

The dissolution of the Rocky Mountain Regional Solid Waste Authority has highlighted the differences in vision for solid waste management among the former participating municipalities. The re-organization of garbage and recycling services is an opportunity for Clearwater County to pursue a solid waste management strategy that fits the unique needs of its rural residents and avoids costly duplication of services.

The Town of Rocky Mountain House has initiated a residential curbside collection model that involves a collection system for garbage and organics. Additional household waste may be further diverted (where possible) at the Town’s Eco-Centre or disposed of at the Regional Landfill (applicable disposal fees apply).

Clearwater County’s network of Rural Waste Transfer Stations are essential for County residents to have convenient access to garbage and recycling services. As with most rural communities, access and costs for these services can be substantially different from neighbouring communities with greater population densities.

The County has approached the re-organization of solid waste services with the priority of treating all staff equitably and with respect. Employment opportunities were offered to employees who were interested in staying while mutual and amicable agreements were reached with those who decided to move on.

Business owners are encouraged to contact their current waste service provider and inquire about a separate old corrugated cardboard (OCC) recycling bin. The current commercial waste service providers will offer this service now that the Rocky Mountain Regional Solid Waste Authority (RMRSWA) no longer does. The Town of Rocky Mountain House's Eco-Centre will also provide commercial users with access to OCC recycling services. For details, please contact the Town of Rocky Mountain House at 403-845-3220 or visit their website at www.rockymtnhouse.com/p/eco-centre.