Garbage & Recycling Services

Please contact the Town Office for further information on waste facilities or collection services.

Click on the Residential Garbage Collection link below for more information.

Whitecourt Transfer Station

The Whitecourt Transfer Station is located at 3209 41 Avenue (1.2 kilometres east of 35 Street).

The Whitecourt Transfer Station accepts household waste, as well as items for recycling and composting.  The Transfer Station does not accept wood, metal, furniture, mattresses or appliances for disposal.

Hours of Operation

  • 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day of the week
  • Closed on statutory holidays

Residents will be required to show proof of residency in order to drop off waste/material at the Transfer Station.  Requiring proof of residency will ensure that residents from surrounding municipalities are appropriately charged for using Whitecourt waste disposal facilities, and will also increase the longevity of our facilities.  For those with utility accounts that pay the Landfill Recovery Fee, you are asked to use your Waste Facility Access Tag.  If you do not have a tag, or forgot it, you will be asked to provide identification with your home address to verify that you are a Whitecourt resident.

For more information on the Transfer Station call 780-778-5157.

Recycling

For County residents, multi-family dwellings, and mobile home park residents who currently do not partipate in the residential curbside recycling program, bring your blue bags filled with recyclable items to the Transfer Station.  Accepted items include all items listed in for the Curbside Recycling Program below.

If you are unsure if an item is recyclable, or for more information, please contact the Town Office at 780-778-2273.

Electronic Recycling

The Transfer Station accepts electronic material, batteries, and fluorescent lights for recycling.

The following materials are accepted

  • televisions 
  • printers
  • CD players
  • desktop computers
  • cables
  • microwaves
  • telephones/cell phones
  • laptops
  • speakers
  • rechargeable batteries
  • cell phone batteries
  • fax/copiers
  • keyboards
  • fax/copiers
  • pagers
  • VCRs
  • consumer batteries

(no appliances please)

Composting

Grass, leaves, and other garden wastes (excluding weeds) are accepted for composting.  When decomposition is complete, the material is available free of charge to the public.  

Household Hazardous Waste, Antifreeze and Paint

Help keep toxic materials out of the sewer systems and the landfill by taking your household hazardous waste, antifreeze, and paint products to the Whitecourt Transfer Station for safe disposal.

Examples of materials accepted at the Transfer Station include:

  • aerosol paints/sprays
  • acetone
  • air fresheners (aerosol)
  • ammonia
  • all-purpose cleaners
  • antifreeze
  • barbecue starters
  • rust remover
  • brake fluid and lining
  • butane fluid
  • car (lead-acid)
  • batteries
  • degreasers
  • car waxes/polishes
  • disinfectants
  • drain cleaners
  • gasoline
  • insecticides
  • furniture polish / wax
  • kerosene
  • lacquers
  • oven cleaners
  • nail polish / remover
  • smoke detectors
  • photographic chemicals
  • paint thinners
  • paint
  • spa / pool chemicals
  • turpentine
  • wood preservatives / finishes varnish
  • waxes
  • fluorescent tube lights

Commercial and industrial hazardous waste is not accepted.  Oil is not accepted.  Trappers Auto Body in Whitecourt will take oil for safe disposal.  Those wishing to drop off items must contact Trappers at 780-706-2255 before taking the used oil to them.

Whitecourt Regional Landfill

Located 17 kilometres east of Whitecourt on Highway 43.

Winter Hours (October 1 to March 31)

  • Monday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Closed on Sundays and all statutory holidays

Summer Hours (April 1 to September 30)

  • Monday to Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Closed on Sundays and all statutory holidays

Proof of residency is required when using the Whitecourt Regional Landfill.  If you have a utility account, and pay the landfill charge on your monthly bill, you will be given one Waste Facility Access Tag to ensure quick and easy access to the landfill and transfer station.  If you do not hold a utility account, or pay the landfill fee, you will be asked to show your driver's licence or other ID that proves you are a resident of Whitecourt.

Fee Schedule

Tire Recycling

Tires are accepted for recycling at the Whitecourt Regional Landfill.

Curbside Recycling Program

To help you in your recycling efforts, the Town of Whitecourt offers a Curbside "Blue Bag" Recycling Program for residents.  The best part?  There is no need for sorting! Fill a blue bag with all of your recyclable products and place it on your front curb every Friday before 7 a.m.  There is no limit to how many bags you can place out each week.  Blue bags can be purchased almost everywhere you buy garbage bags.

The following products are accepted:

  • mixed paper: office paper, junk mail, shredded paper, etc.
  • newsprint/heavy paper: newspaper, magazines, phone books, catalogues, flyers, etc.
  • boxboard: cereal boxes, pasta boxes, etc.
  • corrugated cardboard (flatten and fold beneath the blue bag for pickup)
  • rinsed containers: food cans, beverage containers, plastic containers #1-7
  • refundable glass containers (those for which a deposit has been paid)

The following products are NOT accepted:

  • Glass jars/containers that are non-refundable
  • styrofoam
  • soiled/unrinsed containers
  • food or yard waste
  • bubble wrap/plastic film
  • scrap metal
  • wood 

If you have questions or are unsure if an item is accepted under the program, contact the Town Office at 780-778-2273.

Residential Garbage Collection

Household waste is collected on a weekly basis, and must be set out by 7:00 a.m. on your designated collection day. 

Our community is growing and in an effort to enhance collection services for garbage, the Town of Whitecourt recently moved to a 3 day/week collection schedule. 

  • Hilltop waste - Tuesdays
  • West Valley Area waste - Wednesdays (west of Mink Creek Road and Flats Connector)
  • East Valley Area waste - Thursdays (east of Mink Creek Road and Flats Connector)

The automated waste collections service only applies to Town of Whitecourt utility customers that are charged for garbage on their monthly utility bill.  

If you live in a mobile home park, four-plex, or apartment building it is recommended that you talk to the facility manager for information on waste collection. 

Reminders about automated waste cart collection:

  • Waste carts must be set out by 7:00 a.m. for collection on your designated pick up day.
  • The automated collection service requires the cart to be at least 1 metre from any obstacles (i.e. cars, fences, etc.) and the wheels of the cart must be in the curb with the arrows on the lid facing the road (otherwise the cart may be damaged during collection).
  • The lid must also be closed on tightly in order to be collected.  If the lid does not close properly, waste will not be collected.
  • Every household in Whitecourt has been provided with a standardized waste cart.  The carts are large enough to hold over two bags of garbage, and have two wheels for easy handling. 
  •  An attached lid will help keep out insects and stray animals, and provide for a cleaner environment with less litter.
  • Waste carts are to remain at the current property, and should not be moved.  Each cart has a code which is associated to the residential address to which it was delivered.  
  • If you move, empty the cart and leave it at this residence.  Ensure that it is in a secure location, such as a garage or shed.
  • Don't forget, you can drop off excess household waste at the Whitecourt Transfer Station or Whitecourt Regional Landfill during hours of operation.

Do you have questions or unsure if an item is accepted under the program? Contact the Town Office at 780-778-2273.