FAQs | Alberta Waste & Recycle

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do all the materials received get recycled?

A: We currently recycle over 98% of the sorted material received at our 3 depots and 50% of our mixed-construction waste. The remainder of material is too contaminated or is garbage that goes to the landfill.

Q: Where are the recycled materials used?

A: Each material has a different end use: Asphalt Shingles are recycled into pavement for parking lots and roads Drywall is processed into a soil amendment for the agriculture industry Wood is shredded for reuse as landscape mulch, animal bedding or compost.

Q: Can the material have nails in it?

A: Nails are not a problem, any metal smaller than your thumb is okay; our magnets remove the metal during processing.

Q: What about painted wood or drywall?

A: Painted materials are not a problem.

Q: How do you keep your prices so low?

A: Our prices are well below landfill rates because we work with customers to sort their loads, keep accepted clean loads and avoid co-mingling materials. We can then keep our handling costs reasonable and pass the saving on to you.

Q: What is a "clean load"?

A: A "clean load" is one where the majority of the load is one material. For example, a "clean" wood load might have a insulation or "garbage"; but the load would be predominately wood; shingle loads might have a pallet or two or some plastic wrap or metal flashing pieces. Drywall loads might have a couple of mud containers and a few pieces of plastic. Our site attendants are reasonable and will work with customers to educate them on how to keep loads clean.

Q: Do you have bins to rent?

A: We do not rent bins; however, feel free to give us a call as we can recommend several good and reasonable local haulers that can provide bin service.

Q: How many locations do you have?

A: We currently have three locations in the Calgary area. For customer convenience we are continually looking to find new and convenient locations. Check the locations section of our website for the site closest to you.