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Clean Up Support: Curbside collection of large debris in flood-affected areas to begin May 4, 2020

(Fort McMurray, AB – May 3, 2020) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo will begin collecting large debris from flood-affected areas on May 4, 2020. 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.


  • Contact your insurance provider before throwing out your fridge or freezer.
  • 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.

Residents must separate debris into three distinct piles:

  1. Appliances and scrap metal

Fridges, freezers, 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.


Media inquiries:

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