Safe disposal of asbestos
To dispose of asbestos at the Shepard Landfill, we require a permit and a disposal appointment. The asbestos must be specially packaged before it can be accepted. Landfill fees will apply. This applies to residential and commercial customers.
You can also find private companies that handle asbestos cleanup in the Yellow Pages under "Asbestos Removal & Abatement".
Disposal options for commercial waste in Calgary
To find instructions for special items like paint, clean fill and electronics, or to find more information on industrial waste and permits, visit Disposal Options for Commercial Waste.
Apply for a Permit
- Download the Industrial Permit Application form to your desktop.
- Complete required fields.
- Attach form and email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Calgary's waste permit application for asbestos has no fee and is valid for up to one year.
Location: Asbestos is only accepted at the Shepard Landfill Industrial Area.
When: Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. by appointment only (closed on holidays).
Prior to disposal, a 24-hour notice must be scheduled with us. The cut-off time for a 24-hour notice is 10 a.m. the day before next-day disposal.
Once a booking is made, you will receive a confirmation email. You must bring a printed copy of the confirmation email, in addition to a printed copy of your permit, when making a disposal.
To make an appointment:
- Call 403-268-8440
- Email email@example.com
- Contact 311 or fill out an online 311 service request.
Asbestos is charged the Industrial Waste rate. Please see our landfill rates for the latest fees.
All loads are subject to inspection prior to unloading. If loads have rips, tears, or openings in the poly wrapping, the load will be turned away or charged a Hard-to-Handle surcharge.
Friable and rigid asbestos loads must be double-bagged with polyethylene sheets (6-mil) and friable asbestos-containing material must be wetted prior to being bagged.
All bags / bladders must be double-wrapped and sealed (with duct tape or similar product) to prevent a release of material at the landfill. The maximum recommended size of the bin is 40 cubic yards. The maximum recommended size of a bladder is 20 cubic yards.
Concrete pipe with asbestos must also be double-wrapped with a minimum of 6-mil poly and sealed tight. The pipe must be unloaded in a way that does not affect the poly wrapping, such as a picker truck with slings or another method pre-approved by The City.
For more information, see the provincial guidelines for disposal for asbestos waste.
Improperly packaged asbestos
When you package asbestos, please avoid the following: