Update – September 23, 2016: Landfill Operator Certification Study Guide

Solid waste operators were surveyed for recommendations on how to improve Alberta’s Landfill and Composting Facility Operator Certification program. While overall satisfaction with the program was high, operators identified the need for more educational resources for operators such as training manuals or study guides.

Alberta Environment and Parks is proud to announce the publication of an Alberta landfill operator certification study guide to support Alberta’s Landfill and Composting Facility Operator Certification program.

The study guide contains in-depth information on the operation of a landfill and the requisite core competencies landfill operators are required to know to challenge the Alberta’s landfill operator certification exam.

For more information about the landfill operator certification study guide, see:

Update – March 9, 2016: Household Hazardous Waste Program

Administrative changes to the Household Hazardous Waste program will be in place as of April 1, 2016. Changes include:

  • Payment on results (per kilogram rate on eligible program material delivered to Swan Hills Treatment Centre) rather than the current pay structure which is based on drums saved
  • Removal of annual specified funding allocations for individual registered brokers
  • Updated requirements for material tracking and reporting

These modifications will support accountability, transparency and efficient use of program funds. Further information is available at:

Update – June 17, 2015: Hazardous Waste Manifests and Recycle Dockets

In 2014, two amendments were made to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (Canada) (TDGR) that will affect the form of the Manifest and the Recycle Dockets used by generators, carriers and receivers of hazardous waste and hazardous recyclables in Alberta.

These changes will also affect the Movement Documents used for the importation and exportation of hazardous waste and hazardous recyclables into and out of Alberta.

Additional information on these amendments is available at:

Update – March 17, 2015: Designated Materials Recycling Regulation

In October 2014, the Government of Alberta announced development of a new recycling regulation that will include regulatory amendments to existing recycling programs. Work is underway on a regulatory package for decision makers' review.

For more details on proposed changes and the consultation that occurred in Fall 2013, see:

Future updates will continue to be posted here, on the department's Waste web page.

Update – March 13, 2015: Waste Management Framework Update

Work is underway to review and update the Waste Control Regulation. This will take place in a phased approach.

  • Phase I: Make administrative updates and adding an expiry date to the Waste Control Regulation. This will take place in 2015.
  • Phase II: Undertake a policy review of the regulation, which will incorporate feedback from previous consultation conducted in 2008.
  • Phase III: Targeted stakeholder engagement on specific issues. This is anticipated to take place in 2016.
  • Phase IV: Update the Waste Control Regulation. Staff will work internally to provide recommendations to decision makers.

For more information see:

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