The Clairmont Centre for Recycling and Waste Management Access Program and Waste Card are now in effect.

Clairmont Centre Access Program

The Clairmont Centre Access Program and Waste Card are now in effect.

The program replaces the previous Landfill Access Tag program and allows County of Grande Prairie residents to dispose of 1,000 kg of household waste for free, each calendar year.

1,000 kilograms is the equivalent of approximately 2,200 pounds, 156 large garbage bags or 52 full curbside waste carts.

Each household’s waste will be weighed and tracked against its annual weight limit when visiting the facility through the new Clairmont Centre Waste Card. Simply tap the card on the scanners at the scale house on the way in and out of the facility.

While there is no limit to the overall amount of waste that a household can still dispose of each year at the Clairmont Centre, only the first 1,000 kg will be free of charge. Any waste above the 1,000 kg limit will be subject to standard tipping fees.

There is no limit to the amount of recycling that each household can dispose of, for free.

The program works to streamline waste disposal at the County facility and support environmental stewardship.

Changing the way you access the Clairmont Centre for Recycling and Waste Management

Because there is no limit to the amount of recycling that each household can dispose of at the Clairmont Centre, there are two options for accessing the facility with both waste and recycling in the same trip:

  1. Scale in and out TWICE on the same trip. Scale in to drop your recycling off first, then scale out and come back around to weigh only your waste. This will allow scale-house staff to ensure that the weight of your recycling isn’t deducted from your annual weight limit.
  2. Include your recyclables in the weight of your waste. Recycling is often light and will not significantly impact your household waste total. 

 

Clairmont Centre Waste Card

Clairmont Centre Waste Cards are now being used to track the weight of your household’s waste at the Clairmont Centre for Recycling and Waste Management.

These new, wallet-sized Waste Cards replace the previous rear-view mirror Access Tags and allow our scale-house staff to track your household’s waste at each visit.

Tap your Waste Card on your way in and out of the facility to ensure that your waste is tracked properly. A print-out displaying your account status and remaining waste limit will be provided each time you scan your Waste Card.

Every household will receive its first Waste Card free of charge at their next visit to the Centre. Replacement Cards will cost $20.00.

Residents with existing accounts at the facility simply need to confirm their name and address. New residents can sign up for an account by visiting the facility with proof of residency and photo ID or by filling out the online application form

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Which facility does the Clairmont Centre Access Program apply to?

The Clairmont Centre Access Program and Waste Card only applies at the Clairmont Centre for Recycling and Waste Management. The program is not applicable at the West Grande Prairie Regional Landfill or other area transfer stations.

What is changing under the new Clairmont Centre Access Program?

  • Waste limit: under the new Access Program, each County household will be able to dispose of up to 1,000 kilograms of waste each year for free.
  • Waste Card: rear-view mirror access tags will be replaced with new, wallet-sized Waste Cards that will track the weight of each household’s waste at the Clairmont Centre

What is the Clairmont Centre Waste Card?

The Clairmont Centre Waste Card replaces current rear-view mirror access tags and will be used to track the weight of waste disposed of by each household during their visits to the facility.

  • The new wallet sized cards are more modern and durable than the current rear-view mirror tags.
  • The Waste Card will be scanned at the scale house when entering and exiting the facility to weigh the weight of waste dropped off during each trip. The weight of waste for that trip will be allocated to that household’s annual total.

What is the annual weight limit per household?

Each County household will be able to dispose of 1,000 kilograms of waste at the Clairmont Centre for Recycling and Waste Management for free each year.

How much is 1,000 kg of waste?

1,000 kg of waste is about 2,200 pounds, which is about the same as:

  • 156 large garbage bags of waste
  • 52 full curbside waste carts, the amount collected in a calendar year 

How will the waste limit work for the first year?

The new Clairmont Centre Access Program, including the annual 1,000 kg weight limit for County households, will come into effect November 1, 2022. This will allow residents to get used to the new program and visit the facility and track the weight of their incoming household waste for reference before the limit resets on January 1, 2023. The weight limit will then reset January 1 of each year.

Is there a limit to the amount of recycling that can be disposed of at the Centre?

No, there is no limit to the amount of recycling that residents can dispose of at the Clairmont Centre.

How will my waste be weighed and tracked against my weight limit?

Visitors will tap their Waste Card when they scale-in AND scale-out at the facility. This will allow us to track the weight of waste at each visit. The Waste Card reader will be installed at window-height, allowing most visitors to simply tap through their window like at a drive-thru, and will provide cardholders with a print-out displaying the status of their account and waste limit each time they scan their card.

What happens if I exceed the annual waste limit?

There is no limit to the overall amount of waste that a household can still dispose of each year at the Clairmont Centre; however, only the first 1,000 kg will be free of charge. Any waste above the 1,000 kg limit will be subject to standard tipping fees.

Note that tipping fees for a load of waste will vary depending on weight. The minimum tipping fee is $10.

Can I roll over the unused portion of the annual weight limit to the next year? 

No. The annual waste limit applies within the calendar year only, and resets on January 1. 

When does the annual waste limit reset?

Annual limits will reset every year on January 1. 

Will rural (farming) and residential households have the same weight limit? 

Yes, all County households will have the same weight limit, regardless of whether they’re rural or residential. The 1,000 kg limit is meant to encompass household waste only. Residents are encouraged to reduce their household waste through organic composting, recycling and reusing as much as possible. 

What if I live on the same quarter of land as another family member, but in different houses? Do we have to share the limit or will each house have its own 1,000 kg limit?

If you have two different rural addresses and pay your own property taxes, then you will have your own waste limits. A ‘household’ is determined by tax roll number.

Who is eligible to get a Waste Card? 

All County residents are eligible for a Waste Card. One Waste Card is provided per household, with the option to purchase additional cards for $20.00 each; however, additional cards do not increase the household’s annual weight limit. 

How do I get a Waste Card?

County residents will have their Clairmont Centre Access Program account set up and receive the new Waste Card on their first visit to the Clairmont Centre for Recycling and Waste Management after November 1.

Residents with existing accounts under the Landfill Access Tag Program will simply be asked their name(s) and address information to confirm their account.

New residents, and those without an existing Landfill Access Tag Program account will need to fill out an online application form and bring proof of their identity and County residency, including:

  • Photo ID
  • Something that shows proof of residence or land location, such as a utility bill or tax notice
What if I live in a County subdivision that receives curbside waste collection services already? Do I still qualify for a Waste Card?

Yes, all County households qualify for a Waste Card. Residents living in subdivisions with curbside waste collection services pay a separate utility bill for those services. The Access Program and Waste Card is a free program for all residents.

How much does a Waste Card cost?

The first new household Waste Card is free. Replacements or additional Waste Cards cost $20.00 each.

How many Waste Cards can I get for my household?

All households will be given one Waste Card free of charge. Additional cards can be purchased for $20.00 per card. Additional cards do not increase the household waste available, as each card is linked to a specific household account. 

What happens if I lose my Waste Card?

Waste Cards can be replaced at the Clairmont Centre for $20 per card. If a card is lost or stolen, contact the Clairmont Centre for Recycling and Waste Management at 780-567-4194 to cancel and replace the existing card.

What happens if I forget my Waste Card when I visit the Clairmont Centre?

You must have your Waste Card to dispose of waste under the Clairmont Centre Access Program. Those without a Waste Card will be subject to standard tipping fees.

What happens if I have waste and recycling to drop off at the same time?

 There are two options for accessing the facility with both waste and recycling in the same trip:

  • Scale in and out TWICE on the same trip. Scale in to drop your recycling off first, then scale out and come back around to weigh only your waste. This will allow scale-house staff to ensure that the weight of your recycling isn’t deducted from your annual weight limit.
  • Include your recyclables in the weight of your waste. Recycling is often light and will not significantly impact your household waste total. 
Why are these changes taking place?

The County is committed to being an environmental steward and to introducing processes that encourage positive environmental practices in our community.

The Clairmont Centre Access Program is a proactive step the County is taking to reduce waste production, support environmental stewardship, and extend the lifespan of our landfill cells to reduce those notable capital costs over time. The last landfill cell cost $4.7 million to develop in 2021.

Introducing an annual waste limit will encourage residents to consider the waste they’re bringing into the facility and what can be diverted from the landfill cell, such as recycling, organics/composting and items that can be reused or reduced.

The new Access Program will reduce tag abuse that was taking place under the previous system. Even a few residents taking advantage to dispose of non-household or commercial waste can make a significant impact at the facility. The new program provides equal access for all County households to dispose of a reasonable amount of household waste for free.

The new Waste Cards will allow us to better track what is coming into the facility, and how much over time. 

How does this program benefit the environment?

By individually reducing our waste, we collectively benefit the environment. By keeping waste out of the landfill, we reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help sustain the environment for future generations.

What else is the County of Grande Prairie doing to be an environmental steward?

The County of Grande Prairie committed to environmental stewardship. Over the years, the County has taken part in numerous initiatives to help ensure a prosperous future for our community, including:

  • 2019 recycling pilot projects that included expanded e-waste, grain bag and twine recycling.
  • Solar arrays providing power the Clairmont Centre for Recycling and Waste Management.
  • Participating in the Alberta Electronic Recycling Program to keep electronics (e-waste) out of the landfill.
  • Household hazardous waste being accepted year-round.
  • Bottle donation trailer at the Clairmont Centre, allowing residents to donate recyclables with a deposit to local non-profit and charitable groups.
  • Curbside recycling in many County neighbourhoods.
  • The Clairmont Centre for Recycling and Waste Management received Alberta Recycling’s 2016 Collection Site of Excellence Award for management of electronics, paint and tire collection. 
What do I do with the current rear-view mirror tag?

Rear-view mirror access tags will no longer be valid after November 1, 2022. Please dispose of your current rear-view mirror tag.

When were these changes approved by Council?

 County Council approved these changes at the October 4, 2021, Regular Council Meeting.