Garbage & Recycling

Garbage & Recycling

Waste Management in Cardston

Curbside garbage pickup is available to all residents and businesses in the Town of Cardston. All Rules and regulations are detailed in the Town of Cardston Garbage Bylaw (Bylaw #1693) Residents and businesses may also take domestic garbage to the Transfer Station 1km East of Town. For more details about garbage pickup and the dump please refer to the information provided on this page.

Dump & Transfer Station Hours


Cardston Transfer Station

Land Fill 

Summer Schedule
(Apr 1 - Sep 30)
Winter Schedule
(Oct 1 - Mar 31)
All Year
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - Noon
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - Noon
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closed
Location: 1km East of Town on 1st Avenue (see map). 15km NE of Cardston on the North side of Highway #5 (see map).

Chief Mountain Regional Solid Waste Commission (CMRSWC)

Solid waste in Cardston and the surrounding region is managed by the Chief Mountain Regional Solid Waste Commission. Domestic garbage deposited at the Town-owned transfer station is transferred by CMRSWC to the Commission-owned land fill. Please view the regulations below for what materials are accepted at the transfer station. All construction materials must be taken directly the to land fill, where a tipping fee applies.

Land Fill Tipping Fee: $105.00 / tonne (1,000kg) Cash or cheque only.

CMRSWC Office: 653- 2703
CMRSWC Contact: Lee Beazer (330-6285)

Garbage Collection & Pickup Schedule

The Town utilizes the services of an independent contractor for residential and commercial garbage collection. Garbage is collected once a week for residential customers and as needed for commercial customers. To view the pick up schedule and map, click on the curbside pickup schedule link in the sidebar.

All garbage from town is taken to the Cardston Transfer Station. The Transfer Station is a convenient place for all local residents to bring their non-construction waste that can't be picked up by the contractor, as well as grass clippings, non-treated wood for the burn pile, tires, and appliances. The waste collected at the Transfer Station is transported out to the Chief Mountain Regional Solid Waste Authority's landfill.

Residential Garbage Weekly Limits

Residents are allowed to leave a maximum of four (4) bags at the curb weighing no more than 40lbs each. Extra garbage must be tagged with an over-limit sticker than can be purchased at the Town office for $2.00 each. 

All garbage must be placed in a proper bag that is approximately 60 to 121 litres in capacity and securely tied. Residents may choose to place their garbage bags in a garbage can if it meets the specifications of an approved garbage receptacle in the Garbage Bylaw. The Town does not provide garbage cans.

Residential Garbage Pickup Times

For curbside residential garbage pickup all garbage must be placed at the curb by 8:00AM on your respective pickup day. There is no other time specified in the Garbage bylaw as to when garbage will be collected. Our contracted garbage collector may routinely pickup the garbage in your neighbourhood at a relatively consistent time of day, but there are factors such as weather, mechanical breakdowns, garbage volume, or change in driver that may affect the time of day your garbage is collected. 

Approved Garbage Receptacles (Legal Garbage Cans) 

Garbage cans are not required for residential garbage collection, but are recommended if you intend to store your garbage outside or put it out to the curb the night before your pickup day. All residential garbage is hand lifted by the collector, so there are size and weight restrictions for garbage cans. The owner of a residence is responsible for ensuring that if they choose to use garbage cans they must meet the following specifications:

  1. two fixed handles;
  2. an unattached, easily removable or hinged and properly functioning watertight lid;
  3. made of rust resistant material;
  4. smooth rim;
  5. approximately 60 to100 litres in capacity;
  6. approximately 70 to 80 centimetres in height and 40 to 50 centimetres in diameter at the top;
  7. in safe, serviceable condition;
  8. not more than 40lbs in weight when full.

Garbage cans or receptacles that are larger or heavier than what is allowed may not be picked up, and it will be the responsibility of the homeowner to take their own garbage to the transfer station.


When certain holidays are observed on regular garbage pickup days, there will be no curbside pickup for that day, and the pickup schedule will be delayed by one day for the rest of that week. Please reference the schedule for all observed holidays.

Please note that not all civic holidays are observed as a garbage holiday. For example: Boxing Day and Easter Monday are never observed a garbage holidays, and our contractor always collects garbage on those days.

If you have concerns about garbage collection you can call the Town Office at 403-653-3366.


The Recycling Centre is located on 2nd Avenue East between the Redford Park ball-diamonds and the Wastewater Treatment plant.

Recycling Services

Recycling services in Cardston are contracted to the Cardston Support Services Association who manage the Town-owned recycling centre on 2nd Ave E, and facilitate the collection and sorting of all recyclable materials listed below.

To contact Support Services with any specific questions about recycling, please contact them at the recycling centre by calling 403-653-5673.

Accepted Materials


Includes tin or aluminum cans like soup cans or lids from glass jars and bottles. Must be clean, labels removed, and uncrushed.

♻ Recycled into new metal products


Includes flattened cardboard and boxboard like cereal boxes, kleenex boxes, or cardboard cylinders. Remove all plastics. Must be clean and dry. Flattened cardboard may be deposited in any of the green cardboard recycling bins around town, or in the trailer at the recycling centre.

♻ Recycled into new cardboard products


Electronic waste includes computers, servers, laptops, tablets, printers, speakers, monitors, keyboards, mice, cables, and televisions. 

♻ Recycled into new glass, metal and plastics


All clear glass except lightbulbs, windows, or coloured glass. Remove all lids. Must be clean.

♻ Recycled into new glass products

Newspapers and Magazines

Newspapers and magazines includes glossy inserts, coupons, and small thick. Remove all plastics. Must be clean and dry.

♻ Recycled into new paper

Mixed Office Paper

Mixed office paper includes printed white and coloured papers, file folders, and envelopes without windows. Remove all plastics.

♻ Recycled into new paper


There is a special bin located in a lean-to shed up at the the recycling building. Place all paint cans neatly into he bin. Please ensure that all lids are tightly sealed.

♻ Recycled into new paint

Materials NOT Accepted

Wrapping paper, carbon paper, tissues, paper towels, glued or wire bound books, phone books, waxed cardboard, juice or milk cartons, styrofoam, plastic bags, laminated papers, aluminum foil, aerosol cans, oil containers & varsol cans.

Toxic Waste

Toxic waste can not be taken to any recycling stations, the transfer station, or the landfill. Toxic waste includes things like oil, antifreeze, materials containing mercury, etc. 

These can be taken to the Waste & Recycling Centre at the Lethbridge Regional Landfill for proper disposal. For details on what is accepted at the Centre, you can visit or call 403-329-7367.

Transfer Station (Town Dump) Regulations

Chief Mountain Regional Solid Waste Commission Transfer Stations:

Ratepayers must adhere to the following regulations:

  1. Check with Operator before unloading any waste.

  2. The Station Operator will inspect each load before unloading.

  3. Turn off vehicle while unloading in station.

  4. Please ensure that all garbage is secured while transporting to the Transfer Stations.

  5. All children are to remain in the vehicle while unloading.


  1. Domestic Garbage Only.

  2. No liquid wasted will be accepted at Transfer Stations.

  3. No person shall dispose of toxic or hazardous wastes, such as flammable liquid or solid or any substance considered being toxic or hazardous.

  4. All white goods or metal scrap or wood scrap to be disposed of at a Special Waste Site location.

  5. Large items such as p.v.c. pipe, vinyl siding etc. to be broken into 4-ft pieces. Placement of larger items such as couches, mattresses, box springs, rolls of carpet, large volumes of plastic sheeting such as silage cover etc., or other such items (as determined by the operator) are to be placed separately against right-hand side of building (outside only if there is not sufficient room in the building).

  6. Demolition/renovation material from ratepayers are accepted at the Transfer Station at a rate of one pick-up truck per day. Contractors must bring their construction waste directly to the Landfill Site. There is a disposal fee for these items.

  7. Twine - to be piled separately as directed by the Station Operator.

  8. Burning barrels and/or contents will be refused at the Transfer Station Building. The Station Operator will allow contents from a burning barrel if completely extinguished to be placed in the burn pit if one is available on site but never in the building. All cooled burning barrels must be placed in the metal disposal site.

  9. Small animals will be accepted only if placed and sealed in plastic bags. Larger animals will not be accepted.

  10. No person shall dispose os straw, hay, rock, brick, cement or diet in the Transfer Station building.

  11. At station and compounds, there is to be no scavenging permitted, unless authorized by the Municipality in charge (see Town of Cardston Policy PW-062: Transfer Station Salvaging Policy). All items or waste placed in the stations or at the station site becomes the property of Chief Mountain Regional Solid Waste Authority.

  12. No grass clippings are allowed within the building.

Larger material or hard to handle waste such as car or truck bodies, fridges, stoves, or other appliances are considered special waste.

  1. Sorting & storage of white goods & scrap metals as follows:

    1. White goods in one pile.

    2. Scrap in one pile.

    3. All refrigerators and freezers should be lined up sitting upright with the back of unit easily accessible to technicians in separate area.

    4. Car bodies stored in separate area.

  2. No farm machinery will be accepted at any of the white goods sites.

  3. only authorized personnel are to remove scrap metal from the above sites.


  1. Only wastes defined as burnable debris in the Clean Air Regulations will be allowed at the burning sites, i.e. trees, branches, garden waste, straw, grass, wooden construction material, etc.

  2. Wood must not be treated. Treated wood may be delivered directly to the Landfill Site. There will be a disposal fee.

  3. Transfer Stations without a special burning site that are set up to handle this material.


 4. Waste as defined as prohibited debris in the Clean Air Regulations, i.e. construction and demolition waste, rubber or plastic, used oils, asphalt shingles, cement, chemicals, wire, manure, etc.

Refrigeration, freezer or air conditioning units are permitted at the transfers station. Historically there was a charge attached to disposing such units, but as of January 1, 2018 the charge no longer applies, units may be taken to the transfer station free of charge.


  1. No tires will be accepted in the Transfer Station Buildings.

  2. Tires mounted on rims will not be accepted.

  3. Tires are to be piled in a general area accessible to a large truck and trailer.

Chief Mountain Regional Solid Waste Authority no longer accepts Televisions or Computers (Including hard drives, mouse, keyboards & monitors). The Cardston & District Association for the Handicapped collects these items and uses the funds generated to run their facilities.

The Cardston & District Association for the Handicapped

Phone: (403) 653-3766
Location: 639 – 2nd Avenue East


  1. Check with Transfer Station Operator for proper disposal of paints.

  2. Those communities without a collection site are encouraged to save it for the round-ups.

Station attendants have been instructed to refuse loads not properly secured.

The Station Operator may refuse any waste that in the judgement of the Operator should be rejected by reason of unknown content that may be a hazard.