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Landfill rates

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In 2018, 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

2019

Basic Sanitary Waste (garbage)

  • Includes sod and street sweepings.

$113/tonne

$113/tonne

Minimum charge

  • For loads less than 250 kilograms.

$20/load

$25/load

Refrigerant Removal from Equipment

  • Surcharge applies regardless if the refrigerant has been removed or not.
  • Weight charges will also apply.

$17/item

$17/item

Fill materials

2018

2019

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.
  • Commercial vehicles are required to obtain a clean fill approval number. Visit our clean fill instructions page or call 311.
$0-$5/tonne $0-$5/tonne

Recyclable material

2018

2019

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.

$90/tonne

$90/tonne

Recyclable Wood

  • Untreated dimensional lumber, used pallets, and other wood items that are made of raw and un-processed wood.

$90/tonne

$90/tonne

Scrap Metal

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

$113/tonne

$113/tonne

Asphalt Shingles

  • Free of tar paper, vents, etc.

$90/tonne

Effective January 1, 2019, asphalt is no longer accepted for recycling

Disposal rate:
$113/tonne

Recycling of road asphalt, brick, masonry brick, concrete and paper/cardboard is not available at City landfills. Loads mixed with these materials will be charged the Disposal Surchage Rate.

Compostable materials

2018

2019

Yard waste

  • Leaves and cones, plants and flowers, branches, twigs, hedge prunings, grass clippings, weeds, hay
  • Christmas trees
  • Cold barbeque or fireplace ashes
  • All materials must be loose or in paper bags. No plastic bags

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

$45/tonne

$45/tonne

Composting of food, food scraps, packaged food and soiled paper is not available at City landfills. Loads mixed with these materials will be charged the Disposal Surchage Rate.

Surcharges (commercial loads only)

2018

2019

Hard-to-Handle Surcharge

  • Applied to handle low weight, large volume loads or loads requiring special handling
  • In addition to either Basic sanitary or Industrial waste rates

$275/load

$275/load

Disposal Surcharge

  • Disposal surcharge materials are readily-recyclable and compostable materials that should be kept out of the landfill.
  • Disposal Surcharge materials:
    • Food waste and yard waste
    • Paper and cardboard
    • Concrete
    • Brick and masonry block
    • Scrap metal
    • Recyclable Wood
    • Drywall
    • Asphalt shingles(suspended)
  • Staff inspect commercial vehicle loads of garbage for these materials; if discovered, this higher rate will be applied to the entire load.
  • Avoid paying these higher rates by removing the recyclable and compostable materials from your loads before arriving at the landfill.

$180/tonne

$180/tonne

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

Last updated November 2018.​​​​​​​