Westlock Regional Landfill (main landfill south and east of Westlock) is under the direction of the Westlock Regional Waste Management Commission, not the County of Westlock. It is comprised of members from the Town of Westlock, Westlock County, and the Village of Clyde.
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The Waste Commission is responsible for the Westlock Regional Landfill. The landfill is a Class II Municipal Waste Facility and under the management of a Commission Manager. The landfill operates under the Alberta Government Code of Practice for Landfills.
Follow staff directions at all times
In addition to a landfill on site, the facility also has a recycle facility. They can take Cardboard, Paper, office paper, Tin, Metal, 1-7 plastics, Electronics, Paints, Tires, Used Oil, and other items for recycling. NO GLASS, NO PLASTIC BAGS
NOTICE: Staff have been directed to monitor loads closely and anyone, or any business, that is not willing to recycle their materials will be charged double tipping fee at the landfill directly. Too much cardboard, plastic, metal, and paper is going into the landfill and this costs us Thousands of dollars a year in landfill space. So the burden is on you to do your part. Thank you. Tom, Manager.
We have a complete recycle program at the Westlock Regional Waste facility, located at the landfill. We handle the regular recycle materials, paper (separate office paper please), tin cans, cardboard, plastic (no film please), NOT GLASS. In addition to Paints, Used oil and containers, Tires, Electronics (if it has a cord or battery we recycle it), and Metal. So please let staff know EVERYTHING you have in your load and try to sort it.
Our goal is to keep as much material out of the landfill as possible and this can only happen with your help and cooperation. Once waste hits the landfill we do not go through it, it is landfilled and there for life. We have outlets in Alberta, not sent over seas, for our plastic products, Paper and cardboard goes to facilities in Canada and US. Paints goes to a place in Calgary, electronics in Edmonton, and so on, we monitor where our products go, and take pride in what we do in the recycle area for a small region.
We do have the capacity to charge you, the resident and business, directly at double landfilling fees if we find that you are abusing the system and not recycling. For an example, in the spring we average over 250 people on site a day, if each person throws just one cardboard box into the landfill, that is 250 cardboard boxes, that takes up a minimum of about 1 cubic meter of landfill space that costs us about $100 in lost air space in the landfill. So if you have 5 or 6, that adds up a lot faster. This also goes for paper, and plastic.
We are often asked about Glass, why we do not recycle it. Here is the main reason, SAFETY. Our staff have to handle the recycle by hand, broken glass is not safe due to sharp edges, food waste and contamination in the glass. Second is the cost to ship it is over $400.00 tonne with all costs in, including payment at the receiving site.
Now, that said... I am looking at an option where we can take that glass and mix it in with our concrete, I just have to figure out a safe way for staff to handle it and take it to the concrete pile in an efficient and low cost process. We will keep you posted. Just an FYI, when we did take glass, it was landfilled, and the total space taken up in the landfill was minimal, but still did have an impact to landfill space.
Our goal is to recycle and divert at least 60% of waste we take in away from the landfill, currently we are only at about 35%, commercial is the main focus now as their level of recycle in their loads is significant. We do have options if businesses bring in their recycle separately for a reduced cost to encourage recycling, more and more businesses are doing this each year.
Yes Recycling works, if done right and managed appropriately. Does it make money, no not really, we are happy when we break even, but the savings in in the landfill space we are not taking up, which is costly. So PLEASE RECYCLE.. thank you.