Waste Management Facility (Landfill)

view of entrance to Medicine Hat's landfill includes scalehouse and warehouse
Waste Management Facility

Monday through Saturday – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Sundays and statutory holidays.

Located three kilometers off Highway 41A just past the city limits, the Waste Management Facility (landfill) is a non-hazardous class II facility consisting of:

Please note: The disposal of household hazardous wastes is only available to residents. Commercial vendors must dispose of their hazardous waste through a certified service provider.

Hours of operation

Monday through Saturday – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Sundays & Statutory Holidays.

Notice for high winds

In high winds or extreme weather conditions, the landfill may close or accept loads limited to light waste loads only.

Download the Recycle Coach App to your Apple or Android smartphone to receive updates and messages about hours or program changes.

Directions

Proceed Eastbound on Industrial Avenue SE, continue as the road becomes Highway 41A. Just past Veinerville, turn north on Range Road 53 and follow the road for about 1.8 km. The Scale House entrance is located on the north side of the road.

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Acceptable materials

Landfill

These items are accepted for disposal in the landfill (disposal fees may apply):

  • Basic sanitary waste
  • Construction/demolition waste
  • Clean concrete over four inches in size – no rebar or debris
  • Contaminated yard waste
  • Clean fill

Compost

These items are accepted for use in the compost operations (disposal fees may apply):

  • Contracted residential yard waste materials
  • Self-hauled residential yard waste materials
  • Clean wood material

Yard waste materials are used to make SureGrow Compost.

Recycling and diversion

Waste diversion is the practice of managing materials to reduce waste by providing opportunities to recycle and provide the storage, processing, packaging and transport for the various divertible wastes. These items are accepted for recycling/diversion:

  • Metal waste including propane tanks
  • Appliances containing CFC's / Freon
  • Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
  • Paint products
  • Electronic waste
  • Tires
  • Motor oil, filters and containers (small residential amounts)
  • Cooking oils (small residential amounts)
  • Cell phones
  • Re-chargeable batteries

Keep all HHW, paint, oil, pesticide etc. in their original container or clearly label the materials in a leak-proof package. HHW disposal is only available to residents. Commercial vendors must contract a certified provider for disposal.

Disposal Fees

The minimum tipping fee for chargeable waste is $8 per vehicle.

Disposal fees are posted in Waste Bylaw #1805 as well as the Recycle Coach App. Important notes to remember are:

  • Regular disposal rates apply to ALL mixed loads that include chargeable items
  • No GST is charged on Waste Management Facility disposal fees
  • Acceptable forms of payment include cash, credit or debit cards
  • Composition of waste loads is highly variable. The operating staff has final say about the acceptability of any material and the charges applied to each load.
Commodity (waste) type Rate Description

Basic Sanitary Waste

$80.00 / tonne

Residential; commercial; institutional mixed waste

Construction & Demolition Waste

$80.00 / tonne

Insulation; contaminated drywall or concrete; treated lumber; renovation materials (i.e. tiles, electrical materials, doors, windows, ceiling tiles, carpet) etc.

Contaminated Soil

$80.00 / tonne

Soil contaminated with hydrocarbons that meet analytical requirements

Clean Concrete

$25.00 / tonne

Concrete over 4 inches in size with no debris or rebar. No mixed loads.

Clean Drywall

$25.00 / tonne

Non-contaminated drywall. No mixed loads.

Clean Wood

$25.00 / tonne

Lumber; non-contaminated / non-treated (creosote) wood. No mixed loads.

Metal (excluding light fixtures containing ballasts)

$25.00 / tonne

Stoves; washers; dryers; hot water tanks; metal sinks; swing sets; barbeques; small appliances; Freon appliances stickered for CFC's removed etc

Contractor Hauled Yard Waste (No contamination or plastic bags)

$25.00 / tonne

Grass clippings; plant materials; tree branches etc. No mixed loads.

Asbestos

$160.00 / tonne

24 hrs notice required before hauling. Contact Scale House. Charge is rate + site prep + operator time & equipment for burial.

Appliances containing Chlorofluorocarbon / Freon (CFC's)

$20.00 / item

Refrigerators; air conditioners etc. without a sticker.

Bulky Items

$15.00 / item

Mattresses; box springs; sofas etc.

Self-Hauled Residential Yard Waste (No contamination or plastic bags)

No Charge

Grass clippings; plant material; tree branches under 300mm (12”) in diameter. No mixed loads.

Clean Fill (Residential only)

No Charge

Soil free of contaminants. No mixed loads.

Household Hazardous Waste – HHW (Residential only)

No Charge

Household items with the WHMIS symbol for toxic, corrosive, reactive or combustible; small compressed gas containers (i.e. cylinders for camp stoves, party helium); Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFL); propane tanks & bottles.

Paint Products (Residential only)

No Charge

Latex & oil-based interior/exterior paint; finishing oils; stains; varnishes; aerosol paints; empty containers of 100 mL to 24 Litres.

Electronic Waste

No Charge

Printers; CPU's; keyboards; monitors; laptops; notebooks; televisions.

Tires

No Charge

Automotive, ATV's and bicycles.

Motor Oil (Residential only)

No Charge

Used lubricating oil; filters; containers.

Cooking Oil (Residential only)

No Charge

Used cooking oil; grease in small quantities

Rechargeable Batteries & Cell Phones

No Charge

Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd); Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH); Lithium Ion (Li-ion); Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn) etc.

Unsecured Load Surcharge

$20.00 each

Added to scale ticket each time an unsecured load is observed by the Scale Operators.

Special Waste

Not Accepted

Drugs; Medical Waste; Livestock Renderings; Firearms; Ammunition etc.

Apply for commercial access and billing

Safety and environment

  • Be aware of equipment, large trucks and other vehicles within the facility and on access roads.
  • Please keep children and pets inside the vehicle at all times.
  • Tarp or cover all open loads to reduce litter and avoid possible fines.
  • Facility staff have your safety in mind! Follow all direction provided and obey their authority while on site.
  • Obey all signs.
  • Please no smoking while on site - fire is a significant hazard at any landfill.
  • Removal of material from disposal areas is unlawful, unsafe and could result in fines.
  • Unload your materials as quickly as possible to allow the next customer time to unload.
  • Keep the transfer bin area clean by placing all loose items inside a bin.
  • When unloading at the materials recovery area (HHW, e-waste, paint etc.), deposit items in the appropriate location to avoid contamination.

General info

What is a landfill?

trash compactor working at a landfillA landfill, also referred to as a "dump," is a large depression in the ground (like a crater) where solid waste (garbage) is disposed of. Medicine Hat's municipal landfill is one of the last few remaining natural coulee fill landfills.

The landfill working face is continually compacted and covered. Compaction minimizes oxygen flow and increases landfill airspace while the cover is a regulated component used to limit litter and control environmental nuisances.

Industrial waste cell

open pit for dumping industrial waste at a landfillThe City of Medicine Hat's industrial cells consist of leachate collection systems and a bottom geomembrane liner in combination with a geo-synthetic clay liner system. These systems act as the barrier between the leachate and the soil and groundwater.

The Waste Management Facility accepts non-hazardous industrial waste and oilfield waste that meets specific requirements. Disposal must be pre-approved through Secure Energy Services.

What happens to diverted materials?

recycling area for household hazardous wasteMetal waste is sold to a scrap metal recycling company that breaks down the item into recyclable components.

Old tires, HHW, e-waste and paint are collected and transferred to the Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA) for proper and safe disposal or recycling. Old tires are broken down and repurposed to build playground or spray park surfaces and sidewalks. A TV can be broken down into plastic, glass and metal to be sold to a buyer/processor that recycles the products into new TVs or various other materials.

Protecting our landfill

By diverting as much waste as possible away from the landfill, we can extend its life and avoid having to build a new landfill. Incorporate the four Rs into your daily routine to reduce the amount of waste you are sending to the landfill – reduce, reuse, recycle and recover.