Recycling & Waste

Oilfields Recycling Centre

106 Royal Avenue N.E. (east of fire hall)
Phone: (403) 933-3303

Hours of Operation: 

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – 9:30 to 6:00 pm
Saturdays – 9:00 am to 5:30 pm


Next Holiday Closing: Saturday August 2, Sunday August 3 and Monday August4, 2014

The Oilfields Recycling Centre serves the residents and businesses of Turner Valley, Black Diamond and area.  Residents of Turner Valley are levied $5.50/month on their utility bills for maintenance of our Recycling Centre.  Residents of the MD of Foothills and the Town of Black Diamond also make contributions towards the cost of operating the Recycling Centre.

Note: After hours there is no public access to bins. Staff will be on hand on the days the facility is open.

2011 Oilfields Recycle Centre Report

Following is a list of products that we currently recycle and should be sorted into the following categories:

1. Newsprint & Glossy Papers
Newsprint and inserts
Post office flyers
TV guides

2. White Bond Paper(blue & black inks only)
Office ledger paper
Computer paper
Photocopy paper
Lined school paper
Laser-print paper
at present, White Bond is the most valuable product, the more you bring, the more support for your Depot.

3. Corrugated Cardboard (flatten boxes)
Unwaxed corrugated cardboard boxes

4. Coloured Bond
Envelopes, blue prints, photocopy paper wrapper
Coloured loose leaf and tablet paper
Coloured photocopy paper
File folders (no plastic or metal).
Box board (cereal boxes etc.)
Fax paper
Wrapping paper (no ribbons)
Telephone message and Post-it-notes
Telephone books

5. Household Metal
Tin cans (rinsed, labels off)
Aluminum cans
Clean tin foil
Metal lids

6. Clear Glass
Clean clear glass jars (lids and labels removed)
Window glass (putty removed)
No coloured glass

7. Cell Phones
All used cell phones and their rechargeable batteries
New- we now accept Alkaline batteries



8. Hard Plastics
Hard plastic refers to a rigid container, bottle or moulding (detergent bottles, yogurt containers, clear plastic clamshells etc.)

9. Soft Plastics
Soft plastic refers to a film or plastic bag (typical stretch wrap, shopping bags, garbage bags, product wrap etc.)

Not Accepted:
Books with glued or wired bindings
Polystyrene (Styrofoam egg cartons, packing chips etc.)
Paint cans & Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
Propane/butane vessel/aerosol cans

To aid in the efficiency of the recycling process, products should be sorted, flattened and most importantly clean.


E-waste Roundup runs YEAR-ROUND at the Oilfields Recycle Centre! Total E-Waste diverted in 2013 was 17.98 Tonnes

We accept only the following: Televisions , Computers, Monitors, Printer/fax combo, and Laptops. ( note: all cables, keyboards, and mice are included.)


Composters and Recycling Bins For Sale

Please pay for any of the following listed items at the Town Office (514 Windsor Ave NW), and then take your proof of payment to the Recycling Depot for pickup during business hours.

Composters on order
Rain Barrels $50.00
Recycle Bins $8.00
Kitchen Catchers $8.50
Rain Totes 1000 liters $159.00- Totes include adapters from 2 inch to 3/4 inch. Due to space constraints please allow three to five business days for delivery.


Clothing Donation

The Recycling Center has four (4) used clothing collection bins on site, sponsored by the Cerebral Palsy Association.


Please remember to purchase Recycled products whenever possible, as this completes the cycle. The more recycled product we purchase, the more valuable the product we recycle becomes.


Automated Garbage Collection

The Town provides automated residential garbage collection as a service to residents.  Residents pay a fee of $9/month for the pickup and disposal of their residential garbage.

Residents must purchase one common 295 litre plastic bin for waste disposal.  Bins are $87.70 and available for  purchase at the Town Office.  Bins must be picked up at the Town Shop (240 Sunset Blvd NE). Residents are generally limited to one (1) bin per household.

Weekly automated collection of bins occurs on Tuesday and Wednesdays each week.  Tuesdays we pick up every residence north of Sunset Boulevard and Kennedy Drive. Wednesdays we pick up everything South of Sunset Boulevard including Okalta Road, Decalta Road and Calkins Place; and everything across the river, including Bailey Hill, 16th Avenue, Imperial Drive, Royalite Way and Dingman Close.


When putting your garbage out for pick up on Tuesdays and Wednesdays:

Park it: Place your cart on the street, with the wheels against the curb. If there is no curb place the cart just off the street or on the shoulder.

Space it: Leave at least 1 meter/3 feet of clearance between the cart and any obstacles such as parked cars, poles, mailboxes, etc.

Point it: The arrows on the cart lid must point to the center of the Street.

* All your waste must fit in the cart with the lid closed.

* No additional waste will be collected.

Garbage Pickup in Cul-de-sacs:
If you live in a cul-de-sac, please try to avoid parking on the street on garbage days.  This will allow our Public Works team to quickly and safely pick up your garbage! Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.


Please take full advantage of our Recycle Centre located at 106 Royal Avenue NE. (East side of the Fire Hall)
For more information please read this Automated Collection Cart Brochure Front Pick-up Updated June 2013.

Foothills Regional Landfill

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Saturday (Closed Sundays & Statutory Holidays)

Effective January 1, 2014
The tentative rate increase at the Foothills Regional Landfill effective will be set as follows:
Commercial Haulers & $5.00 0 kg to 100 kg
Self Haulers $67.00 per tonne over 100 kg
Hard to Handle $100.50 per tonne
For more information please call 403-938-5224
Rate Increase is subject to approval by FRSC

Compost, leaf and yard waste bins arrive April 15, 2014

Check out the Salvage Centre located within the Foothills Regional Landfill, for the disposal of used items that may by recycled for use by someone else. Hours of operation are the same as the Foothills Regional Landfill listed above.

Household toxic items (referred to as household hazardous waste), such as empty paint cans and pesticide containers, may be taken directly to the Foothills Regional Landfill Site throughout the year.

Used oil can be re-fined – it never wears out. Oil containers and filters are recyclable – return them with your used oil to a suitable collection

Keep our Tires going’ round. Used rubber makes cow mattresses, floor mats, patio bricks, and rubber crumb for highways and play grounds. New uses include using shredded tires as road beds , which are proving to be very stable in cold climates.

Chemlock Storage Facility and Black Diamond Transfer Station

Located at the Transfer site along the River Rd, North-West of the Black Diamond bridge. SE-17-20-2-W5M (168St. W & 402 Ave) West of Black Diamond.

Summer (April 22 to November 15) Hours of Operation:
Monday, Tuesday, Friday & Saturday – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

For additional summer hours please call 403-938-5224 or 403-652-2341.

Transfer stations work on a $2.00 per bag basis. Bags for use at the transfer stations are available at Millarville General Store, Hi Ho in Turner Valley, Esso in Black Diamond and at the Priddis Transfer Station.

Chemlock Storage Facility:

Available for all Household Hazardous Waste (HHW), including Fluorescent Tubes (not compact fluorescent bulbs).

Note that materials that fall into Class 1 (Explosives) and into Class VII (Radioactive Materials) cannot be accepted. The following items are not accepted but can be taken to the Foothills Regional Landfill Site: batteries, empty containers and propane tanks.

Leaf and Yard Waste Collection Site:

The Towns of Turner Valley and Black Diamond have joined together to operate a composting area. It is located at the transfer site outside of Black Diamond on the west side along the river road and will be open from first Monday in May to the last Tuesday in October.

Turner Valley/Black Diamond & MD Residents can deposit clean loads of grass, leaves and branches at the transfer station. By removing your compostable materials from your waste bins, fuel costs are reduced, tipping fees are reduced and labour costs are reduces. Bins arrive April 15, 2014

Food waste accounts for about 38% of the waste stream in your bin, going to the landfill each week. By removing this one product from your waste trucking and tipping costs to the public can be reduced by almost half, a valuable choice for all concerned.  Compost your kitchen waste and use it to enhance your lawn, garden and house plants. Do your part to reduce the amount of organics going to landfill, compost is a valuable product.  Visit  for more ideas and information on composting.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle today- for a better tomorrow!!


Refundable Beverage Containers

All Milk and Beverage containers will now go to your local Bottle Depot. or


Environmental Services

Air Quality

CRAZ– Calgary Reigon Airshed Zone
Their mission statement, “To monitor, analyse and provide information on air quality and develop strategies to manage air quality issues within CRAZ”
Turner Valley is now a member of the organization and should we have a need to have our Air Quality monitored, CRAZ will send out a mobile unit to do the monitoring.

Renewable Energy Projects

Turner Valley has installed a 4.83kw Solar Array at the town’s Water Treatment plant. The system represents our commitment to finding and implementing scales of effenciency in our day to day operations. In the nine months of operation, we have generated over 11.1 megawatts of energy, still in the top 10 in Southern Alberta. This production is equal to powering 519 homes and saves 7.9 tons of GHG (green house gases). This also negates the need for producing energy from non-renewable resources. We have just installed another 1.2kw system on the Town Shop, with an additional 5kw array due to be installed in the spring of 2014.

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Outdoor Lighting Upgrades

Outdoor lighting upgrades to the Fire Hall have been completed. Lighting was upgraded from high energy use Sodium bulbs to energy efficient LED bulbs. Savings on energy costs will be 60% to 80%.


Sustainable Living Hints & Events

Don’t want a Phone Book? Opt out! A user- friendly form to opt out of the printed directory can be accessed YellowPages requires 60 days before the distribution of a directory and residents will be removed for 2 years. When looking for a number visit

When renovating or building, reuse existing materials and buy or sell second-hand. Ask your contractor about Alberta’s “green building” initiative to reduce waste, improve energy efficiency and save you money!

Want a healthier choice for a drain cleaner, use a 1/2 cup of baking soda, followed by a 1/2 cup of vinegar. Also useful as a toilet bowl cleaner, scrub while foaming then leave to sit for about 15 minutes.  Both ingredients are a natural and healthier alternative to chemicals.

Opt out of receiving hard copy newspapers or Magizines in favour of receiving digital copies on your computer. The amount of natural resources needed to process paper, transport and later recycle these products is considerable.

Earth Hour at the Rothney Observatory       March 29, 2014
Earth Hour                                                           March 29, 2014
Earth Day                                                             April 22, 2014
Environment Week                                            June 1-8, 2014
Waste Reduction Week                                     October 20-26, 2014


Energy Conservation

Energy conservation falls under the frist “R” of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The first step in energy conservation at home is to recuce the amount of energy you are using around the house. By reducing the need for producing more and more energy for consumption, we can also reduce the need for more energy being produced using coal and other limited non-renewable energy resources.

Understanding our utility bills and energy usage will go a long way to exercizing energy conservation. The website will be of great help in understanding how your utility bill charges are designed. Consumers will find information on Power, Heating and other related topics. Included is a Q&A section that covers a variety of questions or concerns about how billing works.

Efforts in replacing old lighting with new energy efficient lighting will incur the quickest return on investment. With the advent of new LED lighting technology, the savings and pay back are even greater. Incorporating light sensors in rooms amplifies the savings even more. Savings can be as much as 60 to 80% with a return on investment (ROI) as short as 1 year, making the cost of LED replacement economical.  New designs in sensors will help in not leaving you in the dark, should you just be sitting and reading. The easiest way to save on energy costs, turn it off.


Water Conservation

Conserve water! Install flow restrictors on all faucets and use low-flow shower devices. Do not let the water run wastefully when washing anything. Run washing machines and dish washers only when they are full. Repair leaky pipes, faucets and toilets right away as the waste adds up quickly. A tap that leaks at a rate of 1 or 2 drops every 10 seconds will waste 1,200 litres of water per year.

Replacing your shower head with a low flow fixture will reduce water use from 9.2 litres flow rate to 1.75 litres. Replacing aerators on your bathroom and kitchen fixtures will provide you with similar results. By replacing your toilet with a low flow model will reduce water use considerably. The washing machine is another high volume user in your home, newer energy efficient front loading models use much less water compared to top loading models.

Did you know most of the water we apply to our lawns and gardens, is not taken up by the plants and grass, but rather is lost to runoff or evaporation? Remember, a maximum 2.5cm (1 inch) of water each week including rainfall, ensures a healthy deep-rooted lawn. Mowing your lawn to a height of 7.5cm (3 inches) will prevent it from drying out and burning, and help keep the weeds down, which reduces the need for fertilizer.

Consider Permaculture around your property, maybe replacing needy Kentucky Bluegrass with other plantings like prarie grasses or red fescues. Practice Xeriscaping to eliminate the need for water use.

Saving rain water in barrels or totes, reduces the need to use treated water, which can add up to a considerable expense. Your plants , shrubs, trees and lawns, will thank you with healthy growth. Save the costs of treating water for drinking, cooking, and personal care. The Recycle Centre has experienced high sales of rain barrels and totes over the past month, 120 rain barrels and 12 rain totes, the average sales being 30 rain barrels per year.  If these fixtures fill 5 times over the course of the summer it would represent a savings of 108,000 litres of treated water.

Use products that produce less waste and pollution. Substitute water-base products whenever possible when buying paints and household cleaners. Switch from chemical-type cleaners to natural products such as salt, baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice. These ingredients will accomplish most of your cleaning needs.

The easiest way to save on water consumption, turn it off.


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