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How to dispose of clean fill (dirt, clay or gravel the size of peas)

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Residential and commercial customers can bring clean fill to a City of Calgary landfill; however, please note the guidelines and restrictions below.

Clean fill includes dirt, clay or gravel (less than six inches in size). Clean fill cannot contain debris such as sod, wood, branches and twigs, large rocks, garbage, construction materials, etc. Please note that grass, sod, and debris (any kind of mixed load) is not considered to be clean fill and will be charged the basic sanitary waste rate at a City landfill. If other items are mixed in with the clean fill, it is the landfill's discretion as to what rate will be charged.

Clean fill after rain

Due to muddy conditions, clean fill is not accepted immediately after a rainfall. Typically it takes one to two days without rain for the landfills to dry-out after a rain event. Contact 311 to determine if the landfills are accepting clean fill after a rain event.

Clean fill guidelines

​Residential

Soil analysis requirements

You may bring residential clean fill to City landfills without a permit, provided you are not using a commercial vehicle and the source location is not within 30 meters of a fuel station or dry cleaning establishment. A soil analysis may be required before disposal. For more information, complete a clean fill online service request form or contact 311.

An Environmental Technician will advise you of requirements. They will either issue an approval number over the phone if satisfied that there are no potential contaminants, or explain that an analytical test is required.

Commercial

Commercial vehicles are required to obtain a clean fill approval number at least 24 hours before arriving at the landfill. Call 403-268-8440 or email cleanfill@calgary.ca to obtain an approval number.

Soil analysis requirements

Generally any type of commercial business will need to have clean fill tested before disposal at a City of Calgary landfill. Complete a clean fill online service request form or contact 311 to schedule an appointment with an Environmental Technologist.

A representative sample or samples of soil, depending on the size and depths of each project are required. With larger excavations, when different material is encountered, new samples are required.

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