FAQ: Garbage Collection in Grande Prairie & Surrounding Areas

For general information and frequently asked questions about residential garbage collection in Grande Prairie, Peace River, and elsewhere in the Peace Region, please select your area:.

County of Grande Prairie Residential Garbage Collection

Prairie Disposal Ltd is excited about our new working partnership with County of Grande Prairie No. 1. We are looking forward to working with the residents of the county, and hope to improve on all your garbage collection needs. Below is a list of some of the more frequently asked questions retaining to residential garbage collection.


Frequently Asked Questions

When is my garbage collected?

Garbage is collected weekly for county residents in the areas listed below. With the exception of Christmas and New Year’s, unless notified with notice from Prairie Disposal Ltd:

Tuesday collection:

  • Taylor Estates

  • Maple Ridge

  • Wedgewood

  • Clairmont North of 108 Avenue

Wednesday collection:

  • Carriage Lane

  • Clairmont South of 108 Avenue

Friday collection:

  • Westlake in Clairmont

  • Whispering Ridge in Clairmont

Please have your garbage out by 7:00 a.m., otherwise you risk missing collection.

Is there a bag limit?

No, a bag limit has not been set in place.

What kind of “garbage can” and/or “garbage bag” should I use?

Garbage cans should be 100 litres or less in volume. They should have a secure, easily removable lid, fixed non-swiveling handles, and no wheels. Garbage bags should of a tough strength and measure out to 2ft by 3ft.

The garbage collector missed my house.

Sorry about that. Please call 780-539-5950.

What can I put in the garbage?

  • Regular bagged food waste, packaging, smaller worn-out household items

  • Bundled or bagged yard and garden waste (tied branches must be under 4ft. long),

  • Rags/old clothes, broken dishes

  • Broken glass (inside a marked puncture-proof container)

  • Floor sweepings, sawdust, etc. Please be sure to bag dusty materials.

Note: All material must be properly bagged, bundled or put in approved cans. Please keep the weight to less than 20 kg (44lbs) so there’s no risk of injury to your collector.

Please help us collect your waste more efficiently; “buddy-up” your garbage with your neighbour!

Unacceptable items:

  • Household hazardous waste (e.g., oven cleaners, paints, motor oil, pesticides, toilet cleaners, batteries, Propane tanks, light bulbs, solvents, computer equipment)

  • Large items (mattresses, box springs, furniture, televisions, stereos, sofas, etc.)

  • Large appliances (fridges, stoves, freezers, dishwashers, hot water tanks, etc.)

  • Building/renovation material (e.g., wood with nails sticking out, drywall, carpeting, lumber, etc.)

  • Tree stumps/roots, manure, dirt or sod

  • Tires, large metal auto parts

What can I do with the unacceptable items listed above?

If you're not sure what can be recycled or thrown away, please contact Prairie Disposal Ltd at 780-539-5950.


Prairie Disposal Ltd also offers others services that can help you get rid of the above mentioned “Unacceptable Items”.

How can I help my garbage collector work safely?

Every working day your refuse collector picks up between 7000 to 11,000 kilograms of waste, the weight of 10 sub-compact cars. Please help to make the job safer and a little easier. 


Keep it Light
Each filled garbage “bag” or “can” should be lighter than 20 kg (44 lbs). You should be able to carry each bag or can with one hand.
Each bundle of brush or tree trimmings should also be below this limit, securely tied, and no longer
than 1.2 m (4 ft.).

Package Sharp Objects
Please ensure all broken glass, nails, sheet metal scraps, and other sharps are safely packaged in puncture proof containers and marked as such. Please read Needles, Syringes and Other Medical Sharps for more information.

Don’t Overfill
You should be able to put your lids securely back on when you have filled your garbage cans. The wind can blow the lids away if you don’t.

Bag the Loose Stuff
To prevent littering, make sure all loose materials like grass cuttings, light plastics, and bits of paper are put into bags or boxes. Please be extra careful and double bag vacuum cleaner dust, sawdust, pet feces, and kitty litter.

Let it Flow
The contents of the can should come out easily. Please don’t stuff cans with loose grass, leaves, brush or boxes

Keep it Clean
Please keep your waste collection site clean and tidy year-round. In the winter, clear away snow and ice; sand if necessary. In the summer, trim back any trees or bushes around your garbage stand and check periodically for hornet or wasp nests.

Thanks for helping us out!

Where should I put my garbage cans or “extra bags” on collection day?

If you have front street collection:

  • Place your garbage container at the curb

  • If you park on the street, remember to park your vehicle in your driveway

  • If there’s road construction, put your waste where it is accessible

If your collection is in your rear lane:

  • Place garbage within 3 metres (10 feet) of the rear lane

  • Ensure the waste cans are easily accessible

  • If there is construction in the lane, place your waste at the front curb

What should I do with needles and syringes?

Contact your pharmacy for information on local needle take-back programs. Not all pharmacies offer this service. Hypodermic needles, syringes, lancets and any other sharp items used in home medical care are not accepted in household waste - Bylaw 13777 Section 13 (e) - Prohibited Items.

Never put needles in bags or garbage cans!

If you need more information on safe needle disposal, please contact Prairie Disposal Ltd at 780-539-5950.

I'm building a new garbage stand. Any advice?

Sure. Sometimes stands can make it hard for collectors to do their jobs, but there are “good stands” that work well for you and your collector.

Refuse collectors would rather residents not build garbage enclosures. Enclosures can sometimes impede their progress. Collection on front streets, for example, where there are no enclosures, is much more efficient than it is in lanes. Many residents, however, prefer to have enclosures, usually to deter stray animals from making a mess of things.

The following describes a collector-friendly garbage stand:

Access
The cans should be accessed from the front side, not the top. This is very important. It is very difficult and unsafe for a collector to lift a full garbage can out the top of a stand. It is much easier for them to pull it straight out the front side toward their bodies.

Size
Large enough to accommodate your garbage cans and yard waste in the summer.

Height
The floor of the stand should be about 12" off the ground.

Latches
If it has doors, they should be hinged on the sides, not the top. Also, the latches should be operable while wearing big mittens or gloves.

Visibility
Please let your stand be seen. Thoroughly camouflaging it in a fence can result in missed collection.

Beaverlodge Residential Garbage Collection

Prairie Disposal Ltd is excited about our new working partnership with the Town of Beaverlodge, as Beaverlodge is the first town in the North Peace Region to have a complete fully automated curbside collection program. We are looking forward to working with the residents of Beaverlodge, and hope to improve on all your collection needs. Below is a list of some of the more frequently asked questions pertaining to Residential Garbage Collection.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is my garbage collected?

Garbage is collected weekly on Thursday with the exception of Christmas day and New Year’s day, unless notified with notice from Prairie Disposal Ltd

Residential Units:
Please have your garbage out by 7:30 a.m., otherwise you risk missing collection.

Business Units:
Please have your garbage out by 9:00 a.m., otherwise you risk missing collection.

Is there a limit?

Residential Units:
Yes, a limit has been set in place. Each residential unit will be given a Charcoal Grey 64 Gallon container.

If you accumulate more garbage then what is allowed on any given week, you may purchase “Bag Tags” from the Town Of Beaverlodge office for an additional $2.00 per bag. Only extra bags that have this sticker on them will be taken.

Business Units:
The same limits apply for business units as for residential units. Businesses can request additional bins for garbage or recycling, please contact the Town office for more info.

For more information call 780-539-5950.

What kind of “garbage can” and/or “garbage bag” should I use?

Residential Units:

Garbage containers will be provided by Prairie Disposal Ltd If your garbage for the week exceeds the amount you can place in the provided 64 gallon container, garbage bags can be placed at the curb and will be picked up providing you have purchased “extra bag tags” from the Town Office. Garbage bags should be of a tough strength and measure 2ft by 3ft.

Business Units:
Same as for residential units.

The garbage collector missed my house.

Sorry about that. Please call 780-539-5950.

What can I put in the garbage?

  • Regular bagged food waste, packaging, smaller worn-out household items

  • Rags/old clothes, broken dishes

  • Broken glass floor sweepings, sawdust, etc. Please be sure to bag dusty materials.

  • Note: All material should be properly bagged and put in provided container.

Unacceptable items:

  • Household hazardous waste (e.g., oven cleaners, paints, motor oil, pesticides, toilet cleaners, batteries, Propane tanks, light bulbs, solvents, computer equipment)

  • Large items (mattresses, box springs, furniture, televisions, stereos, sofas, etc.)

  • Large appliances (fridges, stoves, freezers, dishwashers, hot water tanks, etc.)

  • Building/renovation material (e.g., wood with nails sticking out, drywall, carpeting, lumber, etc.)

  • Tree stumps/roots, manure, dirt or sod

  • Tires, large metal auto parts

What can I do with the unacceptable items listed above?

If you're not sure what can be recycled or thrown away, please contact Prairie Disposal Ltd at 780-539-5950.


Prairie Disposal Ltd also offers others services that can help you get rid of the above mentioned “Unacceptable Items”.

How can I help my garbage collector work safely?

Every working day your refuse collector picks up between 7000 to 11,000 kilograms of waste, the weight of 10 subcompact cars. Please help to make the job safer and a little easier.

Package Sharp Objects
Please ensure all broken glass, nails, sheet metal scraps, and other sharps are safely packaged in puncture proof containers and marked as such. Please read Needles, Syringes and Other Medical Sharps for more information.

Don’t Overfill

Bag the Loose Stuff
To prevent littering, make sure all loose materials like grass cuttings, light plastics, and bits of paper are put into bags. Please be extra careful and double bag vacuum cleaner dust, sawdust, pet feces, and kitty litter.

Let it Flow
The contents of the can should come out easily. Please don’t stuff containers with loose grass, leaves, brush or boxes

Keep it Clean
Please keep your waste collection site clean and tidy year-round. In the winter, clear away snow and ice; sand if necessary. In the summer, trim back any trees or bushes around your garbage stand and check periodically for hornet or wasp nests.

Thanks for helping us out!

Where should I put my garbage cans or “extra bags” on collection day?

If you have front street collection:

  • Place your garbage container at the curb

  • If you park on the street, remember to park your vehicle in your driveway

  • If there’s road construction, put your waste where it is accessible

If your collection is in your rear lane:

  • Place garbage within 3 metres (10 feet) of the rear lane

  • Ensure the waste cans are easily accessible

  • If there is construction in the lane, place your waste at the front curb

What should I do with needles and syringes?

Contact your pharmacy for information on local needle take back programs. Not all pharmacies offer this service.

Hypodermic needles, syringes, lancets and any other sharp items used in home medical care are not accepted in household waste - Bylaw 13777 Section 13 (e) - Prohibited Items.

Never put needles in bags or garbage containers.

If you need more information on safe needle disposal, please contact Prairie Disposal Ltd at 780-539-5950.

Refuse collectors would rather residents not build garbage enclosures.

Enclosures can sometimes impede their progress.

Christmas tree collection is easy!

Those with Prairie Disposal Ltd residential garbage collection are able to put their trees out for curbside collection. The annual tree collection takes place the week after the first Monday of January. Place your tree next to your garbage on your regular collection day.


To ensure your tree is collected curbside:

  • Limit of 2 trees per household

  • Trees cannot be taller than 12 feet or 3.6 meters

  • Only includes live trees not artificial Christmas trees

  • Ensure that all Christmas decorations and tinsel are removed

Fairview Garbage Collection FAQ

Prairie Disposal Ltd is excited about our new working partnership with the Town of Fairview. We are looking forward to working with the residents of Fairview, and we hope to improve on all of your collection needs. Below is a list of some of the more frequently asked questions retaining to the Curbside Residential Garbage Collection.

Frequently Asked Questions

Times

Collection of garbage carts begins at 7am and is finished by 5pm. Collection day is every Wednesday


There is regular garbage collection on statutory holidays with the exception of December 25 and January 1.

Garbage Cart Tips

  1. Cart lids must be closed all the way. If you have extra garbage bags that will not fit into the garbage cart additional tags are available at the Town of Fairview Office.
  2.  All items in cart are bagged, with no liquids. Loose items may not fall into collection truck and will become litter in your neighborhood. Liquids may leak out of collection truck onto your street.
  3.  Have your cart out by 7 a.m. Collection begins at 7 a.m. on your collection day, so have your cart to the curb by 7 a.m. or even the night before. Do not assume your cart will be collected at the same time every week, as collection trucks may show up anytime beginning at 7 a.m.
  4.  One metre clearance on all sides. The most common issue is people placing their garbage cart near a parked vehicle. Make sure that there is nothing for one metre in any direction so that the truck can safely grab and empty your cart. This includes recycling carts and any additional garbage bags. Please be courteous to neighbors and park at least one metre from garbage carts.
  5.  Garbage carts must be placed on the roadway. They cannot be on a lawn or driveway or they will be refused.
Rolling-cart

Garbage Tags

If you have more bagged garbage than will fit in your cart, the additional bags need a Bag Tag sticker attached to be eligible for curbside collection. Bag Tag's for extra garbage can be purchased at the following location for $3.00.

Town of Fairview office

Acceptable Waste

Most regular household garbage is acceptable for collection. However, because of landfill restrictions, waste reduction efforts and size and weight restrictions the following materials cannot be collected.

Hazardous or liquid waste should be brought to a facility capable of handling toxic waste. Automobile parts, lumber, animal carcasses, furniture, appliances, dirt and rocks - can be taken directly to the Landfill where disposal fees may apply.

Prepare Pet Waste Properly

Improperly prepared dog and cat waste is a health concern for the garbage collectors. Please be considerate of those who collect your garbage.

Please follow these simple instructions for packaging your pet's waste for disposal.

Mix double bagged pet waste in with your other garbage with as little snow and air as possible. It can be placed in your cart along with your household refuse.

Grimshaw Collection FAQ

Prairie Disposal Ltd is excited about our new working partnership with the Town of Grimshaw We are looking forward to working with the residents of Grimshaw, and hope to improve on all your garbage collection needs. Below is a list of some of the more frequently asked questions retaining to Residential Garbage Collection.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is my garbage collected?

Garbage is collected weekly with the exception of Christmas and New Year’s, unless notified with notice from Prairie Disposal Ltd.


East Grimshaw will be collect on Monday, while West Grimshaw will be collected on Thursday.

Please have your garbage out by 7:00 a.m., otherwise you risk missing collection.

Is there a bag limit?

Yes, a bag limit has been set in place. You may have up to 5 bags per household.


For more information call 780-835-5950 or 780-624-3388.

What kind of "garbage can" and/or "garbage bag" should I use?

Garbage cans should be 100 liters or less in volume and should have a secure, easily removable lid, fixed non-swiveling handles, and no wheels. Garbage bags should of a tough strength and measure out to 2ft by 3ft.

The garbage collector missed my house.

Sorry about that. Please call 780-835-5950 or 780-624-3388.

What can I put in the garbage?

  • Regular bagged food waste, packaging, smaller worn-out household items

  • Bundled or bagged yard and garden waste (tied branches must be under 4ft. long),

  • Rags/old clothes, broken dishes

  • Broken glass (inside a marked puncture-proof container)

  • Floor sweepings, sawdust, etc. Please be sure to bag dusty materials.

Note: All material must be properly bagged, bundled or put in approved cans. Please keep the weight to less than 20 kg (44lbs) so there’s no risk of injury to your collector.

Please help us collect your waste more efficiently; “buddy-up” your garbage with your neighbour!

Unacceptable items:

  • Household hazardous waste (e.g., oven cleaners, paints, motor oil, pesticides, toilet cleaners, batteries, Propane tanks, light bulbs, solvents, computer equipment)

  • Large items (mattresses, box springs, furniture, televisions, stereos, sofas, etc.)

  • Large appliances (fridges, stoves, freezers, dishwashers, hot water tanks, etc.)

  • Building/renovation material (e.g., wood with nails sticking out, drywall, carpeting, lumber, etc.)

  • Tree stumps/roots, manure, dirt or sod

  • Tires, large metal auto parts

What can I do with the unacceptable items listed above?

If you're not sure what can be recycled or thrown away, please contact Prairie Disposal Ltd at 780-835-5950 or 780-625-3388.


Prairie Disposal Ltd also offers others services that can help you get rid of the above mentioned “Unacceptable Items”.

How can I help my garbage collector work safely?

Every working day your refuse collector picks up between 7000 to 11,000 kilograms of waste, the weight of 10 sub-compact cars. Please help to make the job safer and a little easier.

Keep it Light
Each filled garbage "bag" or "can" should be lighter than 20 kg (44 lbs). You should be able to carry each bag or can with one hand.

Each bundle of brush or tree trimmings should also be below this limit, securely tied, and no longer than 1.2 m (4 ft.).

Package Sharp Objects
Please ensure all broken glass, nails, sheet metal scraps, and other sharps are safely packaged in puncture proof containers and marked as such.

Don't Overfill
You should be able to put your lids securely back on when you have filled your garbage cans. The wind can blow the lids away if you don't.

Bag the Loose Stuff
To prevent littering, make sure all loose materials like grass cuttings, light plastics, and bits of paper are put into bags or boxes. Please be extra careful and double bag vacuum cleaner dust, sawdust, pet feces, and kitty litter.

Let it Flow
The contents of the can should come out easily. Please don't stuff cans with loose grass, leaves, brush or boxes.

Keep it Clean
Please keep your waste collection site clean and tidy year-round. In the winter, clear away snow and ice; sand if necessary. In the summer, trim back any trees or bushes around your garbage stand and check periodically for hornet or wasp nests.

Thanks for helping us out!

Where should I put my garbage cans or “extra bags” on collection day?

If you have front street collection:

  • Place your garbage container at the curb

  • If you park on the street, remember to park your vehicle in your driveway

  • If there’s road construction, put your waste where it is accessible

If your collection is in your rear lane:

  • Place garbage within 3 metres (10 feet) of the rear lane

  • Ensure the waste cans are easily accessible

  • If there is construction in the lane, place your waste at the front curb

What should I do with needles and syringes?

Contact your pharmacy for information on local needle take back programs. Not all pharmacies offer this service.

Hypodermic needles, syringes, lancets and any other sharp items used in home medical care are not accepted in household waste - Bylaw 13777 Section 13 (e) - Prohibited Items.

Never put needles in bags or garbage cans.

If you need more information on safe needle disposal, please contact Prairie Disposal Ltd at 780-835-5950 or 780-624-3388.

Whitelaw & Bluesky Garbage Collection FAQ

Prairie Disposal Ltd is excited about our new working partnership with both the Towns of Whitelaw and Bluesky. We are looking forward to working with the residents, and hope to improve on all your garbage collection needs. Below is a list of some of the more frequently asked questions retaining to Residential Garbage Collection.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is my garbage collected?

Garbage is collected weekly with the exception of Christmas and New Year’s, unless notified with notice from Prairie Disposal Ltd.


Both Whitelaw and Blusky are collected on Tuesday.

Please have your garbage out by 7:00 a.m., otherwise you risk missing collection.

Is there a bag limit?

Yes, a bag limit has been set in place. You may have up to 5 bags per household.


For more information call 780-835-5950.

What kind of “garbage can” and/or “garbage bag” should I use?

Garbage cans should be 100 liters or less in volume and should have a secure, easily removable lid, fixed non-swiveling handles, and no wheels. Garbage bags should of a tough strength and measure out to 2ft by 3ft.


The garbage collector missed my house.

Sorry about that. Please call 780-835-5950.

What can I put in the garbage?

  • Regular bagged food waste, packaging, smaller worn-out household items

  • Bundled or bagged yard and garden waste (tied branches must be under 4ft. long),

  • Rags/old clothes, broken dishes

  • Broken glass (inside a marked puncture-proof container)

  • Floor sweepings, sawdust, etc. Please be sure to bag dusty materials.

Note: All material must be properly bagged, bundled or put in approved cans. Please keep the weight to less than 20 kg (44lbs) so there’s no risk of injury to your collector.

Please help us collect your waste more efficiently; “buddy-up” your garbage with your neighbour!

Unacceptable items:

  • Household hazardous waste (e.g., oven cleaners, paints, motor oil, pesticides, toilet cleaners, batteries, Propane tanks, light bulbs, solvents, computer equipment)

  • Large items (mattresses, box springs, furniture, televisions, stereos, sofas, etc.)

  • Large appliances (fridges, stoves, freezers, dishwashers, hot water tanks, etc.)

  • Building/renovation material (e.g., wood with nails sticking out, drywall, carpeting, lumber, etc.)

  • Tree stumps/roots, manure, dirt or sod

  • Tires, large metal auto parts

What can I do with the unacceptable items listed above?

If you're not sure what can be recycled or thrown away, please contact Prairie Disposal Ltd at 780-835-5950 or 780-625-3388.


Prairie Disposal Ltd also offers others services that can help you get rid of the above mentioned "Unacceptable Items.”

How can I help my garbage collector work safely?

Every working day your refuse collector picks up between 7000 to 11,000 kilograms of waste, the weight of 10 sub-compact cars. Please help to make the job safer and a little easier.

Keep it Light
Each filled garbage "bag" or "can" should be lighter than 20 kg (44 lbs). You should be able to carry each bag or can with one hand.

Each bundle of brush or tree trimmings should also be below this limit, securely tied, and no longer than 1.2 m (4 ft.).

Package Sharp Objects
Please ensure all broken glass, nails, sheet metal scraps, and other sharps are safely packaged in puncture proof containers and marked as such. Please read Needles, Syringes and Other Medical Sharps for more information.

Don't Overfill
You should be able to put your lids securely back on when you have filled your garbage cans. The wind can blow the lids away if you don't.

Bag the Loose Stuff
To prevent littering, make sure all loose materials like grass cuttings, light plastics, and bits of paper are put into bags or boxes. Please be extra careful and double bag vacuum cleaner dust, sawdust, pet feces, and kitty litter.

Let it Flow
The contents of the can should come out easily. Please don't stuff cans with loose grass, leaves, brush or boxes

Keep it Clean
Please keep your waste collection site clean and tidy year-round. In the winter, clear away snow and ice; sand if necessary. In the summer, trim back any trees or bushes around your garbage stand and check periodically for hornet or wasp nests.

Thanks for helping us out!

Where should I put my garbage cans or “extra bags” on collection day?

If you have front street collection:

  • Place your garbage container at the curb

  • If you park on the street, remember to park your vehicle in your driveway

  • If there’s road construction, put your waste where it is accessible

If your collection is in your rear lane:

  • Place garbage within 3 metres (10 feet) of the rear lane

  • Ensure the waste cans are easily accessible

  • If there is construction in the lane, place your waste at the front curb

What should I do with needles and syringes?

Contact your pharmacy for information on local needle take back programs. Not all pharmacies offer this service.

Hypodermic needles, syringes, lancets and any other sharp items used in home medical care are not accepted in household waste - Bylaw 13777 Section 13 (e) - Prohibited Items.

Never put needles in bags or garbage cans.

If you need more information on safe needle disposal, please contact Prairie Disposal Ltd at 780-835-5950.

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Prairie Disposal Ltd

65029 Highway 43

Grande Prairie, AB

T8W 5E7

Phone:

 780-539-5950

Email:

administration@prairiedisposal.com

Hours

Monday - Friday 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM

Saturday 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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