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Big Country Waste Management Commission

General Information

The Big Country Waste Management Commission provides services to approximately 10,600 people over 5,000,000 acres. Waste is collected at 28 waste transfer stations, including 22 rural stations and 6 stations located in towns and villages. Waste is transported from these transfer stations to the Youngstown Regional Landfill for disposal.

The Big Country Waste Management Commission is comprised of 9 member municipalities, each with a representative who sits on the Commission. Current representatives and contact information are:

Municipality Representative Contact Information
Town of Hanna Gerald Campion 403-854-0479
Town of Oyen Brad Odland 306-330-9176
Village of Cereal Crystal Anderson 403-664-9208
Village of Consort Calvin Ward 403-575-5538
Village of Empress Chad VanDam 403-928-2537
Village of Veteran Jerry Wipf 403-575-1378
Village of Youngstown Robert Blagen 403-779-3859
M.D. of Acadia No. 34 Willie Vandeligt 403-664-1050
Special Area No. 2 James Madge 403-854-6356
Special Area No. 3 Kevin Wilson 403-326-2139
Special Area No. 4 Robert Worobo 403-577-2294

The Big Country Waste Management Commission has an Executive elected annually from the representatives as well as the Operations Manager. The Executive is currently comprised of:

  Representative Contact Information
Chairman Gerald Campion 403-854-0479
Vice-Chairman Robert Blagen 403-779-3859
Secretary-Treasurer James Madge 403-854-6356
Member-At-Large Robert Worobo 403-577-2294
Operations Manager Greg Sheppard 403-854-8432

Waste Management Services Handout

Expanding Our Horizon

Youngstown Regional Landfill

1. RATES EFFECTIVE AS OF JULY 1, 2012:

Type Fee
Demolition* $30.00/tonne
Household Waste  No Charge
Industrial Waste $30.00/tonne
Sulfur $30.00/tonne
* Plus cat time and cost of lime  
Asbestos $30.00/tonne + 1 hr. minimum capping time
963-B Crawler Tractor $112.00/hour
Clean Burnable Wood No Charge
$25.00/hour minimum for litter pick-up
Deep freezers, air conditioners, refrigerators, capacitors $15.00 per unit Freon removal charge (at transfer stations as well)
D-7 Crawler Tractor $200.00/hour
Small Bobcat $105.00/hour
Loader $140.00/hour
1 Ton $64.00/hour
3/4 Ton $60.00/hour
Tandem Truck with Live Bottom Trailer $220.00/hour + $40 op = $260.00/hour

*Any Demolition and Construction waste loads delivered to any waste transfer stations will be billed to the appropriate company.

2. GUIDELINES FOR USE

Materials NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Hazardous Waste – chemicals, etc. as defined in the Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) and Waste Control Regulation. For more information, go to http://environment.alberta.ca/02643.html.
  • Burning barrels or residues
  • Containers of any sort containing ANY FLUID (including wastewater, sludge, sewage, etc.)
  • Motor oil or undrained filters

Materials accepted BY APPOINTMENT ONLY:

  • Asbestos
  • Bio-medical waste

Materials accepted at DESIGNATED DRY WASTE SITES ONLY:

  • Pesticide containers (must be empty)
  • Appliances with Freon (refrigerators, air conditioners, etc.)
  • Additional Restrictions:
  • Burn pit can receive uncontaminated wood only (asphalt shingles, creosoted or painted wood MUST go to the main pit)
  • No smoking on site.
  • All vehicles must be weighed in and out.

PLEASE OBSERVE ALL AREA SIGNAGE.

Waste Transfer Stations

1. LOCATIONS

2. HOURS OF OPERATION

3. GUIDELINES FOR USE

  1. Do not place garbage at front of site.
  2. No hazardous waste - asbestos, bio-medical waste, chemicals, etc. as defined in the Act are strictly prohibited.
  3. No burning barrels or residues.
  4. No dead animals.
  5. No motor oil, undrained filters, or cooking oil.
  6. No pesticide containers - empty boxes only.
  7. No deep freezers, air conditioners or refrigerators or any white goods.
  8. No batteries.
  9. NO ASPHALT SHINGLES - must be taken to Youngstown Landfill Site.
  10. No loads of dirt, waste, gravel, concrete or rocks, sewage, sludge or grain dust.
  11. No jugs, containers or barrels with any substance in them.
  12. No smoking on site.
  13. No loads of wood and demolition materials, (concrete and shingles in particular).
  14. Four feet maximum length - small amounts only! No pallets or pieces of demolition larger than 4 feet by 2 feet.
  15. NO tires in site. ALL TIRES must be taken to Consort, Oyen, Youngstown or Hanna recycling areas.
  16. Silage plastic should be tied in a large knot.
  17. Wire fencing – wire that is rolled and tied and no larger than 2 feet in diameter and in quantities not exceeding four rolls may be accepted.
  18. Transfer stations are not designed to accept loads from large dump trucks or trailers.
  19. All loose, blowable material must be bagged before disposal at transfer station or landfill.
  20. Gates mus be CLOSED.

For more information contact the Landfill Manager at 403-779-3890.

4. DRY WASTE SITES

Dry Waste Sites are located at the Hanna, Oyen, Consort, Empress, Veteran, Monitor, Cessford, Wardlow and Youngstown waste transfer stations.

Recycling

1. GENERAL INFORMATION

Recycling services are provided by Big Country Regional Recycling Society (BCRRS) operating out of the Hanna Waste Transfer Station. Materials can be dropped off at Consort, Oyen, Cereal, Hanna recycling centers.

These materials are currently accepted for recycling:

  • Mixed Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Tin
  • Glass
  • Electronics
  • Paint *at the Hanna waste transfer station only

For more information, please contact Lowther Environmental Services at (403) 854-3308.

The Commission currently provides financial support to recycling operations through three measures:

  1. Diversion Credits 
    The Commission currently pays a $50 per tonne credit to the Recycling Society for every tonne of material diverted from disposal at the Youngstown Regional Landfill.
  2. Salary and staff retention monthly grant
    The Commission currently pays $1661.26 per month to the Recycling Society to help ensure adequate staffing.
  3. Operational costs for Hanna Waste Transfer Station
    The Commission currently pays for the majority of maintenance and operational costs for the Hanna Waste Transfer Station. The Recycling operations currently use approximately 1/2 of the facility.