Lac La Biche County offers a variety of services for residents to dispose of waste and recyclable materials. As part of its commitment to environmental stewardship, the County also seeks ways to minimize waste volumes and encourage community members to reduce, reuse and recycle.
We use a combination of practical measures and education to achieve our waste reduction goals.
But we can't do it without the help of our residents so please take some time to learn about our programs and contact us with any questions.
Take A Virtual Tour
We've recently produced a virtual tour of the Beaver Lake Landfill to help residents understand the process used to sort and categorize waste at our landfills and transfer stations.
To learn more about our programs and services please consult the menu below:
Organic Waste & Composting
Composting is the process of turning organic waste like food and yard waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer.
To raise awareness of the benefits of composting, the County offers two composting workshops each year:
Community Organics Recycling Enhancement (CORE) Program - The CORE program provides all the materials that residents need to start composting for free once you’ve attended the workshop. This workshop is held every June as part of Environment Week.
Vermicomposting workshop hosted by LICA Environmental Stewards (https://lica.ca/) - Learn the basics of year-round composting – with worms! Build your own vermicomposting bin to take home (one per household). This workshop is held every October as part of Waste Reduction Week.
Compost at Home
If you’re interested in reducing your organic waste, check out these items for sale at Lac La Biche County:
Backyard Tumbling Composter
Accepts fruit and vegetable scraps, as well as yard waste such as grass clippings to produce compost.
Available for $72 plus gst.
Accepts most types of food waste include meat, bones, dairy, and grease.
To learn more Click on the What To Feed Your Green Cone image!
Available for $116 plus gst
New Composting Site - Coming Soon!
Lac La Biche County is currently constructing a compost pad at Beaver Lake landfill which will accept yard waste such as leaves and grass clippings. This compost pad will be in production in 2022.
Annual Recycling Events
Christmas Tree Recycling - runs every year in the first two weeks of January. Residents with curbside pick-up service can call (780) 623-6739 to arrange for their trees to be collected. Residents outside of the collection area can bring trees to any landfill or transfer station. Only natural trees will be accepted, and trees must not have any tinsel or other decorations left on them. For every tree the County recycles, a sapling is planted in a local park.
Need More Info?
email@example.com | 780-623-6739
Hazardous Waste & Demolition Disposal
Hazardous waste includes items that are poisonous, explosive, flammable, or corrosive. Check for these symbols to determine if it’s considered hazardous waste. These materials cannot be recycled or landfilled, instead they have to be taken to specialty facilities for proper disposal.
Lac La Biche County hosts Household Hazardous Waste Round-Ups free of charge for residents in June and October every year. These roundups are held in conjunction with Environment Week in June, and Waste Reduction Week in October. Watch our social media channels and advertising for reminders.
Any hazardous waste that comes from a business or institution must be taken by a specialty disposal company.
As a guide for contractors or residents conducting demolition operations in Lac La Biche County, we have developed a Demolition Disposal Guide to assist in making your project go smoother. It contains information you need to know how to properly proceed with a demolition project and the requirements for dealing with asbestos.
Contact us for more information:
firstname.lastname@example.org | 780-623-6739
Landfills and Transfer Stations
The County operates two landfills and four transfer stations. The Beaver Lake and Plamondon landfills are both Class II facilities, meaning they accept all types of waste except for hazardous materials. Transfer stations are smaller facilities where waste is stored and sorted before being transported to a landfill. Note that all of our landfills and transfer stations have the same recycling programs available for residents. However, transfer stations have limited capacity, so any large loads must go to a landfill. The transfer stations are located in Craigend, Hylo, Owl River and Rich Lake areas.
HOURS OF OPERATION - Landfills and Transfer Stations (TS)
Open year-round, from 9 am to 4:30 pm on the days noted below:
Beaver Lake Landfill: Monday-Saturday
Plamondon Landfill: Tuesday-Saturday
Craigend TS: Wednesdays and Saturdays
Hylo TS: Wednesdays and Saturdays
Owl River TS: Tuesdays and Saturdays
Rich Lake TS: Tuesdays and Saturdays
*Please note that tipping fees were increased effective May 1, 2021. As the rates weren’t adjusted for several years, a phased-in approach was implemented to achieve cost recovery for the disposal and processing costs of our waste and recycling material.
Did You Know... Residents can dispose of waste and recycling materials for free year-round if their loads weigh less than 500 kg (1102 lb).
Here are some average item weights for reference:
|Refrigerator||80-160 kg or 175-350 lbs|
|Washing Machine||65-115 kg or 145-255 lbs|
|Couch||45-125 kg or 100-275 lbs|
|Recliner||40-55 kg or 88-120 lbs|
Curbside Pickup Program
A weekly waste and recycling collection service is provided to residents in the hamlets of Lac La Biche and Plamondon and rural subdivisions. This helps to ensure a large percentage of locally generated waste is efficiently sorted and processed.
- Tuesdays - hamlet of Lac La Biche
- Wednesdays - hamlet of Plamondon and Churchill Gates, Claude Lake, Clearwater Cove, Deer Meadows, Holowachuk Estates, Lac La Biche West, Lakeview Estates, Mission Spruce Bay, Summit Heights, Sunset Bay, Ulliac Beach, Young's Beach and Wedgewood/Green Banks, Mission Village Phase 2.
Please Note: Residents who don't have curbside pick-up service can take waste and recyclables to a landfill or transfer station during regular operating hours.
1. Add acceptable materials to each container. Refer to the 'What Goes Where' below for a list of acceptable materials.
2. Recyclables need to be within transparent bags in the blue recycling container. Waste items need to be within bags of any colour in the brown waste container.
3. Close the lid securely to prevent littering.
4. Park it by 8 am on collection days, with wheels against the curb (or just off the roadway) and the front side facing the centre of the road.
5. Leave an arm’s length of clearance on all sides.
Recycling and Reuse
Recycling is encouraged in order to increase the lifespan of our landfills. Recycling is the process of turning waste materials into new materials or objects. Items must be clean for recycling.
- Common recyclable items include: paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, electronics, tires, appliances, used motor oil, paint, agricultural baling twine, and more!
- Residents with curbside pick-up service can use their blue containers to recycle certain materials.
What Goes Where
To learn more about what materials are recyclable, check out What Goes Where, or email email@example.com, or call 780-623-6739.
Each of the County's landfills and transfer stations have a Reuse Centre. Residents can donate items that they no longer need or want for others to take for free. It’s kind of like a free garage sale! Furniture, tools, exercise equipment, toys and more are accepted. For safety reasons, however, items like clothing and bedding are prohibited. Please call (780) 623-6739 for details.