The Commission operates the Bow Valley’s only approved compost facility. Our Class II compost facility, located at the Francis Cooke Resource Recovery Centre, is approved by the Government of Alberta under Landfill Operating Approval 49173-02-00 and is managed under Alberta Compost Facility Operator Certificate AB1093.

The facility is located just east of Exshaw, Alberta. We are approved to accept soft tissue yard waste such as leaf and grass material along with finer fresh shrub trimmings. Other non-food related material such as clean hay or straw may also be accepted. Material associated with animal waste such as stable or kennel bedding and material that we consider to be a wildlife attractant is not accepted. Please call the scale (403-673-2708) in advance to confirm that your material may be accepted for composting at our facility.

We prefer if material is not contained in bags. If you prefer to use bags for cleaning up your yard, the material must be in paper yard waste bags or, if plastic, the bags must be certified for composting. Traditional plastic bags, “biodegradable” or “oxy-biodegradable” bags will not compost. That is, they will not be fully consumed by our team of micro-biological organisms. These bags must be emptied in the drop-off area and the bags saved for reuse or placed in the garbage.

Just the plants please! Keep in mind that we use your yard and garden material to make new soil for someone else. Do your best to keep debris and contaminants like glass, plastic bits, street sweepings, cigarette buts, beer cans, dog toys, dog doo, and other unacceptable or non-compostable yard trivia out of your loads destined to be composted.

Compost and Topsoil  Quality

The compost process is regulated by the Alberta Government and is managed to kill harmful organisms and weed seeds while encouraging the soil organisms that make healthy soil. In addition, the Francis Cooke compost facility has been inspected and our practices have been reviewed by Canadian composting experts to be sure we meet the standards established by the Compost Quality Alliance.

Our finished compost is blended into a final topsoil product. Both compost and the finished topsoil are tested by independent laboratories to ensure industry and government standards of quality. Our 2020 compost windrows have just finished their process. We will be blending this year’s topsoil product in the coming weeks. Detailed lab results will be made available here.