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Landfill rates

People can bring basic sanitary waste to any of the three City of Calgary landfills at a rate of $113/tonne. There is a minimum charge of $20 per load. For more detailed rates please see the chart below.

Higher rates for paper and cardboard

Please note commercial vehicle loads of garbage containing paper and cardboard will be charged $175 per tonne. To learn more, visit our Designated Materials page.

Please note:

  • No GST is charged on landfill rates.
  • Acceptable forms of payment for these costs include cash, debit and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and American Express).
  • Composition of waste loads is highly variable. The City of Calgary landfill staff has final say about acceptability of any material and the charges applied to each load.
Rate Type 2017 Rates
For 2018 rates, please see our multi-year landfill rate chart.
Basic Sanitary Waste (garbage)
  • Includes sod and street sweepings.
Minimum charge
  • For loads less than 250 kilograms. Excluding clean fill

$113/tonne

 

$20/load

Refrigerant Removal from Equipment
  • Surcharge applies regardless if the refrigerant has been removed or not.
  • Note: Weight charges will also apply.
$17/item
Yard waste (separated loads for composting)
  • Leaves, branches, grass, stumps and general yard debris are accepted. All materials must be loose, not in plastic bags.
  • Sod and soil are excluded.
$35/tonne
Clean Fill
  • Charges will vary depending on site-specific clean fill requirements.
  • Clean fill includes dirt, clay or gravel (less than six inches in size).
  • Clean fill does not include sod, wood, garbage, roots, etc. The load must be free of this debris.
  • A soil analysis test may be required before disposal. For more information, visit our clean fill instructions page or call 311.
$0-$5/tonne
Industrial Waste – Shepard Landfill only $165/tonne
Industrial Waste/Hard-to-Handle Surcharge
  • Applied to handle low weight, large volume loads or loads requiring special handling.
$275/load
Recyclable material* Recycling rate (clean, source separated loads) Disposal rate (mixed loads with garbage)
  • Asphalt Shingles: Free of tar paper, vents, etc.
  • Drywall: Gypsum wallboard that has less than 2% by weight of garbage, wood, metal and other contaminants. Wet, painted or vinyl covered wallboards are acceptable, as well as exterior grade wallboards.
  • Recyclable Wood: Untreated dimensional lumber, used pallets, and other wood items that are made of raw and un-processed wood.
$80/tonne Residential: $113/tonne
Commercial: $175/tonne
  • Scrap Metal: Construction, demolition and renovation related scrap metals up to 1.2 m (4 ft).
$113/tonne Residential: $113/tonne
Commercial: $175/tonne
  • Asphalt: Road asphalt.
  • Brick and Masonry Block: Structural or decorative, with or without mortar, crushed or whole.
  • Concrete: Whole or crushed, up to 1 m (3.5 ft), that may contain asphalt, metal reinforcement or aggregate.
  • Paper and Cardboard: Newspaper, catalogues, magazines, mixed paper (including office paper), shredded paper (must be enclosed in clear plastic bag), telephone books, boxboard and corrugated cardboard.
Recycling not available at City facilities.
See other resources.
Residential: $113/tonne
Commercial: $175/tonne

For commercial customers:

Loads of garbage that include specific easily recyclable material will be charged a higher “Designated Material” rate. If these materials are separated and taken to City Waste Management Facilities or other recyclers, lower rates will apply.

*The materials list is subject to change periodically.

Last updated October 2017.​​​​​​​