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FAQ: Demolition Waste Management

These FAQs are designed to provide information about waste management and disposal of debris and damaged property as a result of the May 2016 wildfires. This guide is for general information only and may not apply to every individual circumstance.

Where is the Regional Landfill?

The Landfill is located off of Highway 63, south of the city. (Approximately 1 km from Highway 69 or the Airport Road turn off, on the opposite side.)

What are the Landfill fees?

Fees for the disposal of solid waste at the landfill are outlined in the Utility Rates Bylaw as Schedule A. (As part of wildfire recovery, tipping fees for residential household waste were waived through Oct. 31.)

What are the Landfill hours of operation?

The landfill is open seven days a week, with the exception of Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The regular hours of operation are 8:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. (thought they have been extended to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Nov. 3 as part of the wildfire recovery effort).

What waste characterization testing is required before disposal?

Waste characterization testing will depend on the type of property that needs to be disposed.

Residential properties (that did not have a home business attached) do not require any advance cleanup testing of the soil or the ash. This sampling has already been performed by the Regional Emergency Operations Centre team. Residential properties that had a home business attached may require waste characterization testing. If your home business required the use or storage of hazardous chemicals (such as: oil, lubricants, cleaners, preservatives, etc.), testing may be required. These properties will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and testing will reflect the nature of the business. Please contact the Regional Landfill at solid.waste@rmwb.ca for more information.

Commercial properties will require testing of the ash and soil prior to disposal. Commercial properties will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and testing requirements will reflect the nature of the business. Please contact the Regional Landfill at solid.waste@rmwb.ca for more information.

Not-for-profit organizations will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and are asked to contact the Regional Landfill at solid.waste@rmwb.ca for more information.

Do I have to separate my debris?

Yes, debris must be separated prior to being disposed of at the landfill. We are asking for the following segregation to take place prior to delivering to the landfill:

  • Metals: appliances, BBQs, exercise equipment, beams, railings, etc.
  • Concrete: bricks, patio stones, asphalt, porcelain fixtures, etc.
  • Hazardous waste: propane tanks, paint, batteries, etc.
  • Electronics: TVs, computers, printers, etc.
  • Trees and shrubs: burned, chipped or in manageable sizes
  • Lumber: clean untreated lumber can be recycled and should be kept separate

What do I do with my damaged vehicle(s), quad, boat, etc.?

The Regional Landfill does not accept damaged vehicles, quads, boats or other similar items.

  • If you have insurance, contact your insurance provider to report the loss and seek disposal directions.
  • If you do not have insurance, contact a scrap metal company or a junkyard.

I had a gun cabinet, firearms or ammunition (or ammunition making supplies) in my home. How do I handle these items?

Ensure you advise any onsite contractor that these items may still be onsite. If the gun cabinet and/or ammunition appear to have survived the fire or damage, they are still dangerous. Contact the Regional Landfill immediately at solid.waste@rmwb.ca and we will direct you on how to safely dispose of the items. Do not place these items in with your debris or ash for disposal.

What if I have a home business, do I have to do anything special?

Depending on what your home business entailed, you may be required to dispose of debris in a special way or undertake special testing. Please contact the Landfill office at solid.waste@rmwb.ca for direction.