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Landfill rates


City of Calgary landfills accept basic sanitary waste at a rate of $113/tonne. Please note: there is a minimum charge of $20 per load.

Commercial customers are subject to the higher disposal surcharge rate for loads that include readily-recyclable and compostable materials. Items on the disposal surcharge materials list should be separated and taken to appropriate processing facilities, where lower rates will apply.

Landfill hours have changed: Please review our Landfill Hours page before your visit.

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

2018 Rates

Basic Sanitary Waste (garbage)
  • Includes sod and street sweepings.


Minimum charge
  • For loads less than 250 kilograms.


Refrigerant Removal from Equipment
  • Surcharge applies regardless if the refrigerant has been removed or not.
  • Note: Weight charges will also apply.
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.
Residential: No minimum charge
Commercial: Minimum charge of $20/load
Industrial Waste – Shepard Landfill only $170/tonne
Industrial Waste/Hard-to-Handle Surcharge
  • Applied to handle low weight, large volume loads or loads requiring special handling.

Compostable material

Composting rate (source separated loads) Disposal rate (mixed loads with garbage)
Effective Oct. 1, 2018
Yard waste
  • Leaves and cones, plants and flowers, branches, twigs, hedge prunings, grass clippings, weeds, hay
  • Christmas trees
  • Cold barbeque or fireplace ashes

Please note:
Composting for sod is not available at City landfills. This material will be charged the basic rate.

For clean loads of soil, see clean fill section.


All materials must be loose or in paper bags. No plastic bags.

Residential: $113/tonne
Commercial: $180/tonne
Food waste
  • Raw and cooked food
  • Food scraps
  • Packaged food
  • Food
  • Soiled paper


Please note: Composting for food waste not available at City landfills. This material will be charged the disposal rate.

Residential: $113/tonne
Commercial: $180/tonne

Recyclable material

Recycling rate (clean, source separated loads) Disposal rate (mixed loads with garbage)
  • Asphalt Shingles: Free of tar paper, vents, etc. Please note, effective January 1, 2019 and until further notice, this material will longer be accepted for recycling at a reduced rate, and the basic sanitary rate will be charged for asphalt shingles coming into the landfill.
  • 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.
$90/tonne Residential: $113/tonne
Commercial: $180/tonne
  • Scrap Metal: Construction, demolition and renovation related scrap metals up to 1.2 m (4 ft).
$113/tonne Residential: $113/tonne
Commercial: $180/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, telephone books, boxboard and corrugated cardboard.
Recycling not available at City facilities.
Residential: $113/tonne
Commercial: $180/tonne

The list of materials on the disposal surcharge rate is subject to periodic change.

Last updated June 2018.​​​​​​​