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Landfill rates

In 2020, City of Calgary landfills accept basic sanitary waste at a rate of $113/tonne. Please note: there is a minimum charge of $25 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:

As of March 18, 2020 the WRS landfill sites will not be accepting cash as payment, in response to COVID-19. Credit and debit cards will continue to be accepted.

  • No GST is charged on landfill rates.
  • Composition of waste loads is highly variable. The City landfill staff has final say about acceptability of any material and the charges applied to each load.
Rate Type 2020

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.
  • Weight charges will also apply.


Industrial Waste

  • Shepard landfill only.
  • Permits may be required.

Visit Industrial Waste for more information.


Fill materials 2020

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.


Recyclable material 2020


  • 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.


Scrap Metal

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


Asphalt Shingles

  • Free of tar paper, vents, etc.

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


Disposal rate:

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 Surcharge Rate.

Compostable materials 2020

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.


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 Surcharge Rate.

Surcharges (commercial loads only) 2020

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


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
    • Road asphalt
    • 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 if a load contains any of the following:
    • 20% or more of food or yard waste; OR
    • 10% or more of paper or cardboard; OR
    • 10% or more of construction and demolition materials
  • Avoid paying these higher rates by removing the recyclable and compostable materials from your loads before arriving at the landfill.


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

Last updated March 2020.