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

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

Clean fill

Clean fill

Bring clean fill to the Spyhill or East Calgary landfills for disposal. Landfill charges will apply.

Self-haul residential clean fill is at no charge.

If you are a commercial business with clean fill to dispose of, please see full details on the Commercial Clean Fill page.

What is included in clean fill?

Acceptable Not acceptable
  • Dirt
  • Clay
  • Gravel (less than six inches in size)

Clean fill cannot contain any debris

  • No sod and grass
  • No wood, branches and twigs
  • No large rocks
  • No garbage
  • No construction materials etc.

Mixed loads containing any unacceptable material is NOT considered 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 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.

Special instructions

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.

Landfill locations listed below:

Title: What Goes Where?
Author: City of Calgary
Description: Residential recycling and disposal search tool