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Disposal surcharge materials


Disposal surcharge materials are readily-recyclable and compostable materials that should be kept out of the landfill and are subject to the disposal surcharge rate. City of Calgary landfill staff inspect commercial vehicle loads of garbage for these materials.

The disposal surcharge rate is higher than the basic sanitary waste rate to encourage recycling and composting. We encourage you to avoid paying these higher rates by removing the recyclable and compostable materials below from your loads before arriving at the landfill.

Disposal surcharge materials

Food waste and yard waste - Effective Oct. 1, 2018

  • Food waste: Raw and cooked food, food scraps, packaged food, food soiled paper
  • Yard waste: Leaves and cones, plants and flowers, branches, twigs, hedge prunings, grass clippings, weeds, hay, cold barbeque or fireplace ashes, Christmas trees and soil.
  • Sod is subject to the basic sanitary waste rate.

Paper and cardboard
Newspaper, catalogues, magazines, mixed paper (including office paper), shredded paper, telephone books, boxboard, corrugated cardboard.

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

Asphalt shingles
Please note: effective January 1, 2019, the disposal surcharge will be suspended for asphalt shingles. Shingles will be accepted and charged the Basic Sanitary rate for disposal, as recycling options are limited.

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.

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).

City landfills also offer limited composting options for separated loads of certain yard waste materials.