Solid Waste Disposal Access Card

Introducing Clearwater County’s NEW Solid Waste Disposal Access Card.

Beginning 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.

A card system is a commonly used method for residents to access waste disposal and recycling services. Implementing this system 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. 

Clearwater County requires all regional and non-regional residents to have their access card by June 1, 2021. After this date, loads will not be accepted at the transfer stations without an access card, or proof of an access card. However, Station Attendants will instruct and direct the user to the Clearwater Regional Landfill. 

FEES

  • Clearwater County Resident: the cost to Clearwater County residents, to operate this service, is incorporated into the resident’s current taxes. 
  • Non-Resident: Non-residents may apply for a Solid Waste Disposal Access Card for $204.00 (including GST). 

APPLYING FOR YOUR CARD

You may apply for a Solid Waste Disposal Access Card if: 

  • You are a Clearwater County Residential property owner and/ or own land within Clearwater County. 
  • You are a landlord/landowner wanting to provide a card to a tenant or additional cards for separate residences. 
  • The registered landowner must apply for additional cards and is ultimately responsible for that card.
  • Additional cards cost $35.00 (including GST). 

Lost or stolen cards do have a replacement fee of $35.00 (including GST). If a card is damaged/worn, the old card can be brought in and a replacement card will be issued free of charge.  Proof of government issued photo identification will be required to verify identity. 

HOW TO APPLY

  • Online. Download and complete an application form and submit it via email to publicworks@clearwatercounty.ca.
  • In-Person. Visit the County office at 4340-47 Avenue, Rocky Mountain House.
  • Mail. Download and complete an application form and submit it via mail to Clearwater County, 4340-47 Avenue, Rocky Mountain House, AB, T4T 1A4.

A Solid Waste Disposal Access Card is not required for use at the Clearwater Regional Landfill and fees associated with the disposal of solid waste will be charged on site in accordance with Bylaw 1105/21 Solid Waste and Recycling Services.

For more information, please call the County office at 403-845-4444.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


A card system is a commonly used method for residents to access waste disposal and recycling services. Implementing this system 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.

Clearwater County will issue two access cards per residential tax roll account. Additional cards will have a fee of $35.00.

Clearwater County will issue two cards only. Multiple parcels without residences will not receive additional cards.

Clearwater County requires all regional and non-regional residents to have their access card by June 1, 2021. After this date, loads will not be accepted at the transfer stations without an access card, or proof of an access card. However, Station Attendants will instruct and direct the user to the Clearwater Regional Landfill.

Yes, non-residents, both regional (Rocky Mountain House, The Village of Caroline, Summer Village of Burnstick Lake, the Bighorn, Sunchild and O’Chiese Reserves) and non-regional (outside of County boundaries) can access both the transfer stations and landfill.

Non-Resident- Transfer Stations – Disposal of Residential Solid Waste & Recyclables

  • Non-residents of Clearwater County can access our transfer stations by purchasing an annual Solid Waste Disposal Access Card. The access cards are $204.00 each annually and will allow for disposal of residential and light agricultural waste and the collection of recyclables. Additional and/or replacement cards will be $35.00. Please see our website for transfer station hours and accepted materials.

Non-Resident- Clearwater Regional Landfill – Disposal of Solid Waste

  • A Solid Waste Disposal Access Card is not required for use at the Clearwater Regional Landfill. Fees associated with the disposal of solid waste will be charged on site in accordance with Clearwater County Bylaw 1105/21 Solid Waste and Recycling Services. If the non-resident has purchased a Solid Waste Disposal Access Card, residential and light agricultural waste can be disposed of for no additional fees. Please see our website for landfill hours.

If you have applied and been issued a Solid Waste Disposal Access Card, but forgot it, the attendant on site can verify your account. Government issued photo identification will be required. Without a Solid Waste Disposal Access Card, access to the rural transfer stations, after the deadline, will be declined and the user will be directed to the Clearwater Regional Landfill.  A Solid Waste Disposal Access Card is not required for use at the Clearwater Regional Landfill and fees associated with the disposal of solid waste will be charged on site in accordance with Clearwater County Bylaw 1105/21 Solid Waste and Recycling Services. However, with a Solid Waste Disposal Access Card, both residents and non-residents can dispose of residential and light agricultural waste for no additional cost.

The application form for the Solid Waste Disposal Access Card can be found on our website at www.clearwatercounty.ca/solidwaste.

Cards can be mailed upon request.

All lost/stolen cards will be de-activated and replacement cards will cost $35.00.

Yes, without a Solid Waste Disposal Access Card, or proof of an access card, access to the rural transfer stations after the deadline will be declined and the user will be directed to the Clearwater Regional Landfill.  A Solid Waste Disposal Access Card is not required for use at the Clearwater Regional Landfill and fees associated with the disposal of solid waste will be charged on site in accordance with Clearwater County Bylaw 1105/21 Solid Waste and Recycling Services. However, with a Solid Waste Disposal Access Card, both residents and non-residents can dispose of residential and light agricultural waste for no additional cost.

The municipality you live in will each have their own waste disposal program for their own residents.  Please contact the municipality you reside in to find out where your residential waste should be disposed of and if there is now a fee associated with it.

Yes, please bring photo ID into Clearwater County’s main office and someone will assist you with your options.  

Will I have to pay a fee? The type of waste you are wanting to dispose of, will determine the fees. If the waste is residential or light Ag there will be no fee associated with disposing of this waste at the rural transfer stations or the landfill at this time.

Waste produced as a result of various agricultural operations. Example; bale twine, barbwire, posts, board material and general yard waste.

A Solid Waste Disposal Access Card allows for disposal of residential and light agricultural waste and the collection of recyclables. Currently, there is no limit to the amount of residential and light agricultural waste that can be disposed of. However, usage will be tracked, and excessive users will be identified and addressed as required.

Yes, please fill out an application form and someone will assist you with your options. Applications will be approved on an individual basis.

Clearwater County residents do not need to apply for a Solid Waste Disposal Access card every year. Once you have received your card, you will not be required to sign up again.

For non-residents, Solid Waste Disposal Access Cards will not be automatically renewed. An application and user fee is required yearly.

Solid Waste Disposal Access Cards are non-transferable. Card numbers associated with sold properties will be deactivated. Please contact the Clearwater County office at 403-845-4444 for more information.