Government of Alberta

FAQ-Land-LandFills

Where can I find information on landfills in Alberta?

In Alberta, three classes of landfills operate:

  • Class I: Hazardous
  • Class II: Non-hazardous
  • Class III: Inert
Landfills in Alberta are both privately and publicly owned. Many landfills throughout the province also conduct waste reduction programs, such as the collection and diversion from the landfill of recyclable materials. In some cases municipalities operate collection sites for their recycling programs at the landfill. In other cases, scrap metal such as appliances, and other large items such as electronics are collected for companies to recycle.

To find out what programs exist, what items are accepted and other information about your local landfill, contact your municipality. To find municipal contact information visit Alberta Municipal Affairs and search the Municipal Profiles.

How do we contact our local landfill (e.g. materials accepted, fees, and hours of operation)?

To find the most current information about a landfill in your area, contact your municipality. To find municipal contact information visit Alberta Municipal Affairs and search the Municipal Profiles. You can also use the following link but the information here is not always the most current: http://environment.gov.ab.ca/info/library/8286.pdf

Where do I get information on the Standards for Landfills and Codes of Practice?

The Standards for Landfills in Alberta was published in February 2010, and outlines the minimum requirements for development, operation, monitoring, closure and post-closure of Class I, Class II, and Class III landfills. The Standards are intended to provide public assurance regarding the protection of groundwater and surface water, and the appropriate management of nuisances associated with landfill development. Existing landfills accepting 10,000 tonnes or less of non-hazardous waste per year must comply with the Environmental Code of Practice for Landfills.

How do I become certified to operate a solid waste facility (landfill or compost)?

Alberta Environment legislation requires that landfill facilities and compost facilities have a specified number of certified operators to supervise the day to day operation. The operating approval for each facility and the Alberta Landfill and Composting Facility Operator Certification Guideline will specify certified operator requirements. For more information read the Water and Wastewater Operator Certification Program Frequently Asked Questions.

Where can I find information on landfill closure requirements?

The Standards for Landfills outlines the minimum requirements for development, operation, monitoring and closure of of Class I, Class II, and Class III landfills. The Standards are intended to provide public assurance regarding the protection of groundwater and surface water, and the appropriate management of nuisances associated with landfill development.

Are there any development setbacks associated with closed landfills?

When purchasing or developing any land you should discuss potential setbacks with the appropriate planning authority and the owner of the landfill. The Municipal Government Act Subdivision and Development Regulation (Section 13) dictates setbacks from landfills. The Public Health Act Nuisance and General Sanitation Regulation (Section 15) has setbacks from water wells to landfills.

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