Clairmont Centre Access Program and Waste Card

The Clairmont Centre Access Program and Waste Card allow County of Grande Prairie residents to dispose of 1,000 kg of household waste for free, each calendar year. 

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. You must stop at the scale house to tap your new Waste Card on your way in and out to weigh your waste. Do not drive away until the staff can check your household account, confirm your remaining limit, and give you a clear go-ahead.

Apply for your new Waste Card

Facility Rules

  1. Treat Clairmont Centre staff and other visitors with respect.
  2. Always follow instructions given by Clairmont Centre staff.
  3. Dispose of all waste and recycling appropriately, as directed by Clairmont Centre staff.
  4. No smoking.
  5. Obey all road and site signage.
  6. No children or pets outside of the vehicle while on site.
  7. If you need help, please ask. We’re happy to help!
Hours of Operation
Monday – Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Statutory holidays Open except on Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

The Clairmont Centre Access Program and Waste Card are now in effect! Limits reset on January 1.

About the
Access Program

 

Note: 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.

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

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. You must speak to the scale operator after tapping your card on your way in AND out to ensure the transaction is posted to your account correctly.

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, 2022.

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

Where can I find my waste limit balance?

When speaking to the scale operator after tapping your card on the way out of the facility, you may ask for a print-out displaying your account status and remaining waste limit.

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.

Changing the way you access the Clairmont Centre

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. 

Recycling at the
Clairmont Centre

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

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.
Accepted recycling items at the Clairmont Centre
  • Agricultural Plastics
    • Grain bags – free of debris and machine rolled tightly
    • Twine – free of debris and bagged
    • Pesticide jugs (empty, triple rinsed and bagged. Bags are available on-site.)
  • Appliances
  • Batteries (automotive & household, including rechargeable)
  • Car Bodies (Frame & shell only, subject to $300 disposal fee)
  • Cardboard
  • Clothing
  • Concrete
  • Dirt / Gravel (must be free of garbage)
  • Electronic Waste (any non-commercial grade electronic with a battery or cord)
  • Glass
  • Household Hazardous Waste
  • Metal
  • Paint
  • Paper
  • Plastics #1 - #7
  • Plastic oil pails & jugs
  • Propane Tanks
  • Refundable Bottles
  • Shelve & Share Program (rehome good quality used items)
  • Tin
  • Tires
  • Used Automotive Oil (NO cooking oil)
  • Wood
Non-accepted recycling items at the Clairmont Centre
  • Candy & chip bags
  • Coffee & fountain cup lids
  • Coffee single use pods
  • Deodorant stick
  • Dirty/soiled items
  • Foam of all types (e.g., packing peanuts, foam meat/food trays, foam cups/takeout containers)
  • Frozen juice containers
  • Granola bar wrappers
  • Laundry baskets
  • Plastic bags (accepted for recycling at Safeway grocery stores)
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Plastic food wrappers
  • Plastic larger than a 5-gallon pail
  • Plastic storage totes
  • Plastic straws
  • Styrofoam
  • Takeout containers
  • Toothpaste tube

Annual Waste Limits

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 

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 an occupied residence determined by a tax roll number.

The County's Commitment
to the Environment  

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

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. 

When were these changes approved by Council?

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