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Designated materials inspections and fees

Designated Materials are readily recyclable materials that should be kept out of the landfill.

City landfill staff inspect commercial vehicle loads of garbage for undeclared designated materials. Those containing these items are subject to a higher rate to encourage recycling instead.

What are designated materials?

Whole or crushed, up to 1 metre (3.5 feet), that may contain asphalt, metal reinforcement or aggregate.

Brick and masonry block
Structural or decorative, with or without mortar, crushed or whole.

Road asphalt or asphalt shingles.

Scrap metals
Construction, demolition and renovation related scrap metals up to 1.2 m (4 ft).

Recyclable Wood
Dimensional lumber, pallets, and other items that are made of raw and un-processed wood.

Gypsum wallboard.

Paper and Cardboard*
Newspaper, catalogues, magazines, mixed paper (including office paper), shredded paper (must be enclosed in clear plastic bag), telephone books, boxboard, corrugated cardboard.

* Effective Oct. 1, 2018, paper and cardboard materials will be banned from City of Calgary landfills. For more details, visit commercial paper and cardboard ban.

Recycling options

See our Business Waste resources for private recycling options of these materials.

City landfills offer limited recycling options for drywall, asphalt shingles and recyclable wood (untreated wood and pallets).