Waste Transfer Station

Located at: Northeast of the corporate limits on 46 Street. In Ponoka County on Township Road 431A. The rural blue sign reads 252028 TWP RD 431A. The legal land location is SE Quarter of Section 10, Township 43, Range 25, West of the 4th Meridian.

Hours and Contact Information

Summer Hours (May 1 to October 31):
Monday – Saturday
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Winter Hours (November 1 to April 30):
Tuesday – Saturday
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(403) 783-8328

Please note: The Waste Transfer Station is closed for all statutory holidays.

Accepted Items at the Waste Transfer Station

The Waste Transfer Station accepts a wide variety of items. For a complete list of what items are accepted and not accepted at the Waste Transfer Station, as well as the fees charged, please scroll to the bottom of the page and expand the list.

Composting at the Waste Transfer Station

Truck at Waste Transfer Station windowThe Waste Transfer Station accepts loads of compostable yard waste (branches, trees, grass clippings, sod and plant debris) free of charge. Citizens are asked not to use grey carts or green carts to transport yard waste to the Waste Transfer Station.

There will be a charge for compost taken to the Waste Transfer Station in a green or grey cart. The carts must be emptied in the garbage building.

Compostable yard waste can be taken to the Waste Transfer Station in:

  • Bags that can be emptied into the Town's compost pile
  • Truck or trailer beds that can be shoveled into the compost pile
  • Any other container aside from your green cart or grey cart that can be emptied into the Town's compost pile

Please note: The Town's Waste Transfer Station does not accept kitchen waste for its compost pile as the facility is not set up to compost that type of material. Kitchen waste can only be composted through the curbside green cart program where the waste is transported to an approved composting site.

Paint cansWaste Transfer Station Collection Programs

The Town of Ponoka Waste Transfer Station offers three free collection programs for citizens to take advantage of. Citizens can discard used motor oil, hazardous household waste, used electronics and tires free of charge at the Waste Transfer Station through these initiatives. 

For a complete list of what items can be recycled through these programs, please view the E-waste Electronics Recycling Program page, Household Hazardous Waste Page or Used Oil Collection Program page.

The Ponoka Waste Transfer Station collects a large variety of items for disposal and recycling, including:

  • Asphalt
  • Box springs and mattresses
  • Compostable yard materials
  • Concrete
  • Electronics
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Household batteries
  • Household hazardous waste
  • Metal (general scrap, cable and wire)
  • Oil containers and filters
  • Propane tanks
  • Recycle items
  • Rubble (if from a fire it must be clean and separated)
  • Solid waste (garbage, furniture, drywall, toilets, shingles)
  • Tires without rims
  • Used oil
  • Used tires
  • Vehicle batteries
  • White goods (freezers, refrigerators, dishwashers, stoves, washers and dryers)
  • Wood (treated, painted, and/or stained wood, as well as particle board must be cut into five feet long and three feet wide pieces and placed in the blue building at the Waste Transfer Station).

Used motor oil, household hazardous waste and electronics can be disposed of through various recycle collection programs at the Waste Transfer Station. For more information about what is accepted through these programs, please visit the Used Motor Oil Collection Program page, Household Hazardous Waste page or Recycling Electronics page.

The Ponoka Waste Transfer Station does not accept the following items and materials:

  • Agricultural herbicide and pesticide containers
  • Asbestos insulation
  • Automobiles and other large metal objects
  • Bulk liquids and wastes with free liquid
  • Dead animals (including hides and carcasses)
  • Demolition debris
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Hydrocarbon contaminated earth
  • Industrial waste
  • Manure
  • Non-lithium and lithium batteries
  • Radioactive waste
  • Sulfurous waste and/or soil

Items brought to the Waste Transfer Station for disposal are charged by weight, therefore all vehicles must weigh in on the scale when entering and weigh out on the scale when leaving. The minimum charge at the Waste Transfer Station is $8.00 per load (up to 100 kg).

The list of charges at the Waste Transfer Station, by weight, are shown below: 

Items Accepted
Cost Per Item
Cost Per Metric Tonne
Additional Information
Recycle - residential$8 (up to 100 kg)


Please click here for the list of items that can be recycled.

Recycle - commercial$8 (up to 100 kg)


Please click here for the list of items that can be recycled.

Garbage$8 (up to 100 kg)
$75
Household garbage
Non-recyclable plastics (#3 to #7)
Furniture
Toilets
Sinks
Drywall
Shingles
Laminated or particle board
Other construction materials

Metal
$25
General scrap metal (including wire)
Refrigerators
Freezers
Snow blowers
Lawn mowers (removal all fluids)
Washers
Dryers
Water heaters

Wood
$10
Must be real wood (unpainted, stained or treated)
No laminated or particle board

Concrete
$15
Must be clean (no garbage)

Asphalt
$15
Must be clean (no garbage)

Mixed Load
$65
Propane tanks
$5 each




Tree stumps

$5 each

All mattresses$10 each
Plus $8


Additional charges from landfill
Plus weight of load

Box spring mattress$10 each
Plus $8


Additional charges from landfill
Plus weight of load

Hide-a-bed mattress$10 each
Plus $8


Additional charges from landfill
Plus weight of load

Fluorescent Light Bulbs (Per Bulb)
Fluorescent Tubes four feet - $1
Fluorescent Tubes eight feet - $2
Teflon Fluorescent Tubes four feet $1
Teflon Fluorescent Tubes eight feet -$2
Circular/U Shape/Regular Linear - $1
High-Intensity Discharge (H.I.D) -$1.75
CFL, Spot Light, Incandescent - $0.50



Compostable yard materialNo charge

Grass clippings
Branches
Garden plant materials
Tree trunks
Sod

TiresNo charge


Rubber tires without rims

Used oil, used oil containers and used oil filtersNo charge


Used oil must be in its original oil container with a readable label.
Please click here for the list of accepted used oils

Vehicle batteries
No charge



Household Hazardous WasteNo charge


Must be in its original container with a readable label.
Please click here for the list of accepted household hazardous waste.

ElectronicsNo charge


Please click here for the list of accepted electronics that can be recycled.

This recycling program at the Waste Transfer Station accepts a wide variety of used electronics including:

  • Cables
  • CD players
  • Computer mice and monitors
  • CPUs
  • DVD players
  • Electronic clocks
  • Fans
  • Hair dryers
  • Heaters
  • Irons
  • Keyboards
  • Laptops
  • Microwaves
  • Notebook computers
  • Power cords
  • Phones
  • Printers
  • Satellite dishes
  • Smaller household electronic appliances
  • Speakers
  • Televisions
  • Vacuums

To recycle unwanted electronics, citizens are asked to place them onto the pallets in front of the c-cans provided at the Waste Transfer Station. For a full complete list of the different electronics that can be recycled through this program, please visit Alberta Recycling's Expanded Electronics Pilot Categories and Product Listing here.

Household Battery Recycling Program

The household battery recycling program will accept rechargeable and single-use batteries weighing less than 5 kilograms or 11 pounds. 

The positive and negative battery terminals (both ends) must be taped using clear packing tape, duct tape or non-conductive electrical tape. The Waste Transfer Station will not accept batteries with painter’s tape, masking tape or scotch tape.

The Waste Transfer Station will also continue to accept vehicle batteries for recycling. Please note that the Waste Transfer Station will not accept any batteries that show signs of damage.

When recycling batteries, citizens are asked to check in by driving onto the scale at the Waste Transfer Station.

The Town of Ponoka Waste Transfer Station collects household hazardous waste free of charge. This program accepts a number of hazardous waste materials, including:

  • Aerosol cans
  • Fertilizer
  • Herbicide
  • Household cleaners
  • Paint cans
  • Pesticide

To recycle hazardous household waste, citizens are asked to ensure the items are in the original container (with a clear and readable label) so that Town staff can verify the contents.

The Town’s Oil Collection Program is a free service that recycles oils and fluids at the Waste Transfer Station. Residents are asked to ensure there is no gas, water or antifreeze in the oil.

This recycling program accepts various oils and fluids including:

  • Circulating oil
  • Compressor oil
  • Engine oil
  • Gear oil
  • Hydraulic oil
  • Marine engine oil
  • Power steering fluid
  • Transmission fluid

To recycle used oil, citizens are asked to ensure the oil/fluid is in its original container (with a clear and readable label) and to place their containers on the pallets located next to the oil collection tank. The Waste Transfer Station also accepts used oil containers and filters. Oil filters can be placed into the drum provided.