Updated: November 20, 2020
The Francis Cooke Landfill and Resource Recovery Centre remains open during normal hours to serve the waste management needs of the Bow Valley. Our operating status may change at any time. As the number of Covid-19 cases rises in the Bow Valley region please protect yourself and your family and pay special attention to the information below when visiting our site.
Please call 403-673-2708 or revisit this page regularly for updates on our operating status.
In the interest of minimizing health risks to our staff and the community, keep a safe distance from others on our site at all times.
We ask that you, and your staff, continue to stay vigilant to the ongoing threat and assist our staff by:
(i) Ensuring that drivers do not enter the Francis Cooke site if they are experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms,
(ii) Respecting the 2 metre personal distance guidelines between drivers and staff, or other site users, at all times when visiting the Francis Cooke site,
(iii) Identifying at the scale (403-673-2708) any waste materials destined for our facility which are suspected of having been exposed to COVID-19 e.g. material from clean up of hotel rooms or other accommodation.
If you are working on a job which could generate material with any suspected risk of COVID-19 exposure, we ask that you contact us with detail prior to hauling to the Francis Cooke landfill site.
Please be familiar with our user's handbook so you can organize your loads in advance and minimize handling by our staff.
Gates open 8 am and close at 4 pm Monday to Saturday. Closed Sundays and statutory holidays. No new loads accepted after 3:45 p.m.
To be eligible for normal on-time fees loads requiring extra time must arrive by 3:30 pm to allow for line-ups, proper handling and be off site by 4:00 pm. PLEASE OBEY all traffic control lights and signs while visiting our site. Follow the directions of our scale attendant.
The facility may refuse loads when wind conditions prevent safe tipping and handling or we believe tipping your load will result in fugitive litter. Avoid unnecessary travel to our site by containing your litter at the job site and checking our "live" wind conditions in the opposite column. Call the scale (403-673-2708) prior to departure any time the wind speeds are exceeding 15 km/hour to learn about tipping restrictions that may be in effect.
Examine our rate sheet closely. Save money by saving landfill space for the future. Fee discounts are offered for organizing your loads to allow tipping of recoverable resources separately from landfill disposal. Avoid surcharges by preventing illegal and unacceptable items from being placed in your bins and containers being delivered to our facility.
It is often very windy at our site when winds are light elsewhere in the Bow Valley. All loose litter must be bagged prior to arriving at our site. Loads with loose litter will be subject to a surcharge and will be refused in windy conditions (greater than 15 km/hr). Before leaving your site check our "up-to-the-minute" weather station display in the opposite column and call the scale office at 403-673-2708 for current wind restrictions.
Our facility is, a rugged outdoor environment that presents a variety of hazards. Users of our site are asked to be safe by dressing for the rough terrain and often windy weather conditions. Wearing sturdy shoes or work boots is required. No open sandals or flip-flop style footwear is allowed. Use work gloves and safety glasses which may be borrowed from our scale office.
Review our list of basic rules, behave in a courteous manner and follow the instructions of our staff. Staff may refuse access to the facility if these rules are not being followed.
The Francis Cooke Regional Class III Landfill and Resource Recovery Centre is an inert, dry waste facility. No food, or fruit from yards and gardens, pumpkins, kitchen waste, hazardous wastes or liquids can be disposed at this site. See our guide to material accepted under the Recycling, Construction tab and our list of illegal and unacceptable items.
All loads must be properly tarped or financial penalties may be charged.
We are considering initiatives in 2020 which may affect your operations. These initiatives include:
Please refer to our new HANDBOOK for more details and contact us to discuss how these changes may affect you.