FRANCIS COOKE LANDFILL AND RESOURCE RECOVERY CENTRE

BEST ALBERTA CONSTRUCTION WASTE MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATION 2019

COVID-19 OPERATING STATUS, Updated: September 18, 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. 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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Some basic information for users is provided on this page. Customers are encouraged to consult the following documents to save money and use our site in a way that allows it to serve the Bow Valley into the future:

Click here to explore the Francis Cooke book!

NORMAL HOURS

Gates open 8 am and close at 4 pm Monday to Saturday. Landfill is closed Sundays and statutory holidays. No new loads are accepted after 3:45 p.m. Please note that loads requiring extra time must arrive by at least 3:30 pm to allow for line-ups, proper handling and be off the site by 4:00 pm.

SAFETY 

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. Open shoe, sandal or flip-flop style foot wear is NOT 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.

WIND, WEATHER AND LITTER

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. Before leaving your site check our weather station display below and call the scale office at 403-673-2708 for current wind restrictions.

To get our wind and weather information displayed on your phone, go to your app store and download the Davis Instruments Weather Link 2 application.

See “Important Notice For 2020” at Top Right —>

ACCEPTABLE MATERIALS

The Francis Cooke Regional Class III Landfill and Resource Recovery Centre is a dry waste landfill. No food, apples or other fruit from yards and gardens, pumpkins, kitchen waste, hazardous wastes or liquids can be disposed at this site. Before you load your bins and containers become familiar with our lists of Unacceptable and Illegal Items and Easily Recoverable Resources. All loads must be properly tarped or financial penalties may be charged.

TIPPING FEES AND PRODUCT SALES

Fees are charged to allow for discounts if loads are organized to use landfill space wisely and to facilitate recycling. Read our rate sheet carefully and review our List of Easily Recoverable Resources to save money and save landfill space for the future.

A surcharge is applied if Illegal or Unacceptable Items are found in tipped loads. A surcharge of $7.50 per tonne applies to all materials arriving at the Francis Cooke Landfill from outside the boundaries of the Town of Banff, Town of Canmore and the Municipal District of Bighorn.

FIND US ON HWY 1A, 4 KM EAST OF EXSHAW

FROM CANMORE: Drive on Highway 1A east. Look for our sign and access road 4 km east of Exshaw. (16 kilometres / 15 minutes) FROM CALGARY: Take Highway 1 west, then the Highway 1X exit to Highway 1A junction. Turn left (west) toward Exshaw on 1A to our sign and access road.  (About 90 kilometres / 1 hour) FROM COCHRANE: Follow Highway 1A west from the Highway 22 Junction. (About 65 kilometres /45 minutes).

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? Give us a call at 403-673-2708.