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When cleaning up after a flood, maintain good hygiene during flood cleanup. Minimize contact with floodwater or anything that may have been in contact with it. Keep children away from contaminated areas during cleanup operations. For more information on proper clean-up, review the trusted resources below.

Trusted Resources

Alberta Health Services provides a comprehensive guide to Cleaning Your Home After a Flood.
The Government of Canada provides information to assist with after flood clean-up.

Clean-up Kits

The Canadian Red Cross is providing flood clean-up kits to those impacted at their Fort McMurray office location (10019B Franklin Avenue) for pick-up from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Debris Collection

Large debris collection started May 4. If you have an abundance of small items (seasonal decorations, stuffed animals, toys, clothes, shoes and other similar items), please call Pulse at 780-743-7000 to have a Bagster delivered to your home.

If you have been impacted by the flood, the following items will be picked up or accepted at the landfill. Residents must separate debris into three distinct piles:

  • Appliances and scrap metal

    • Fridges, freezers, furnaces, hot water tanks, stoves, washers, dryers, small appliances and other metal items.
    • If fridges and freezers contain food, please secure with tape.
    • Follow the directions of your insurance provider regarding replacement and coverage before disposal.
  • Household hazardous waste and electronics 

    • Paint, waste oil, cleaners, fuels, pesticides, fertilizers, batteries and other similar products.
    • Please place small items in this category in plastic containers to prevent spills. 
    • Televisions, computers, printers, fax machines, propane tanks and other similar products don’t need to be in containers.
  • Furnishings and other waste

    • Furniture, mattresses, drapery, carpets, flooring, drywall, wallboard, insulation (except blown-in/loose insulation) and small vegetative debris (branches, shrubs).

Tires, asphalt, concrete, soil, mature trees, blown-in or loose insulation can be taken to the landfill for disposal. These items will not be collected curbside.

Asbestos must be handled by an asbestos abatement specialist. It must be disposed of in an approved landfill. The RMWB landfill is not approved to accept asbestos.

Ammunition or explosives can be disposed of safely by contacting the local RCMP.

Alternatively, residents may take their waste to the landfill. The landfill is open seven days a week from 7:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. until further notice.

Regular household collection resumed Friday, May 8. Please refer to your curbside collection schedule.

Landfill Fees Waived

The waived fees include residential and commercial waste and is effective immediately until further notice. It is not required to show identification at the landfill when making a drop-off.

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