The Bow Valley Waste Management Commission (BVWMC) is an Alberta Regional Services Commission as defined by the Municipal Government Act. It was formed under Ministerial Order by the founding Members of the MD of Bighorn, Town of Banff and Town of Canmore for the purpose of providing solid waste management services to the Bow Valley Region.

In 1999, the Commission purchased the MD of Bighorn’s Dry Waste site east of Exshaw, and in 2000 assumed full operation of the renamed Francis Cooke Regional Class III Landfill. In 2001, an additional 36 acres of Landfill Expansion Lands was purchased from Alberta Public Lands, increasing the landfill area to approximately 80 acres. 2002 saw the expansion of the Construction Renovation and Demolition (CRD) program to deal with pressure treated lumber and reusable construction materials. In 2005 the Commission was honoured to receive the Rs of Excellence Award from the Recycling Council of Alberta for municipal recycling programs conducted at the Francis Cooke Regional Class III Landfill. Through the continued expansion of our recycling program the waste diversion rate at the landfill has increased to over 70%.

In addition to our landfill operations the Commission works to raise awareness of responsible waste management programs in our member municipalities through our Toward Zero Waste special events program as well as advising businesses and residents on a variety of waste management topics. In recognition that waste travels long distances and across municipal boundaries we work with our municipal colleagues in the Calgary region and across the province to promote responsible waste management in Alberta.


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