The environmental services department looks after all aspects of solid waste collection, county water and sewer systems, rural water points, parks and campgrounds, and municipal buildings.


Solid Waste Transfer Stations

Mackenzie County operates the following Waste Transfer Stations:

Blue Hills Transfer Station:
Thursday - 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Blumenort Transfer Station:
Tuesday - 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday - 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Buffalo Head Prairie Transfer Station:
Tuesday - 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday - 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday - 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Fort Vermilion Transfer Station:
Tuesday - 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Thursday - 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

La Crete Transfer Station:
Monday - 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday - 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. from April to September)
Saturday - 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Rocky Lane Transfer Station:
Wednesday - 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday - 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Zama Transfer Station:
Tuesday - 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday - 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Materials accepted at the Waste Transfer Stations:

  • Domestic/Household Waste
  • Commercial Waste
  • Pesticide Containers (Must be triple jet rinsed and punctured.)
  • Demolition/Construction/Renovation Debris (Must be deposited and fit into the 40 cubic yard bin.)
  • Institutional Waste
  • Burnable Material (Not accepted at the Buffalo Head Prairie Waste Transfer Station.)
  • Ashes (Accepted at all transfer stations.)
  • Chaff/Grass Clippings (All forms.)
  • Derelict Auto Bodies (Accepted at Fort Vermilion, Blumenort, Bluehills, Fort Vermilion, Rocky Lane, and Zama.)
  • Miscellaneous Waste

Domestic/Household Waste - means daily-generated waste such as, food scraps, tissues, kitchen waste, and bathroom waste.

Commercial Waste - means any waste generated from businesses such as, but not limited to, stores, garages, hotels, motels and restaurants.

Demolition/Construction/Renovation Waste - means any material that comes from or goes into erecting, demolishing or repairing a structure, and includes, but is not limited to: tubs, toilets, insulation, lumber, drywall, windows, doors, flooring, carpeting, sinks and such.

Institutional Waste - means waste generated from institutions such as hospitals, schools, long-term care facilities and lodges.

Industrial Waste - means any waste generated from an industry such as forestry and energy.

Burnable Material - means branches and untreated wood product.

Miscellaneous Waste - means loose or boxed waste generated from ship yard, basement, house or garage clean-up.  May contain items such as bedding/pillows, small furniture, lawn furniture, plastic toys/pools, etc.

Material not accepted at Waste Transfer Stations:

  • Hazardous waste
  • Antifreeze
  • Liquid waste
  • Any sludge
  • Untreated biomedical or pathological waste
  • Radioactive waste
  • Explosives
  • Dead animals
  • Dangerous goods (as identified in CANUTEC Guide), and in accordance with the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act
  • Animal manure
  • Any other waste that may be designated by Mackenzie County or Local Health Authorities

Transfer Stations accept the following recyclable material:

  • Paint
  • Television Sets and Computer Screen Monitors
  • Household Electronics
  • Used Tires (All sizes rubber only. Tires with rims are not accepted.)
  • Scrap Medal (Including white metals: freezers, fridges, ranges, etc.)
  • Oils

Note: Mackenzie County reserves the right to control the type and nature of refuse which may be deposited at the transfer station and no refuse may be deposited at the transfer station except in accordance with the transfer station operations manual.


Fees for Solid Waste Disposal at Waste Transfer Stations

The following fees are charged at waste transfer stations effective as of April 28, 2021. Current fees are listed in our Fee Schedule Bylaw

Users can prepay these fees by purchasing a County "Solid Waste Punch Card" at any of the County offices.

Household, Miscellaneous, Burnable Material & Construction/Renovation Waste

Hamlet & Rural Residential Waste (up to three (3) bags): $5.00
Pickup Truck (partial or full load): $50.00
Pickup Truck with Trailer: $200.00

Fees for Dumping Loads into 40 Yard Bins

Dump Trailers (all sizes) using the dumpable bins: $275.00
Untarped loads penalty for commercial, construction, industrial and/or institutional material: $100.00
Tandem or tridem axle trucks are directed to the Regional Landfill.  

Note: Anyone found to be littering waste to be disposed of at the Waste Transfer Station or Landfill shall be subject to a fine of $1,000.00.


Hamlet Residential Waste Collection

A hamlet residential waste collection program is currently in place for the Hamlet of La Crete. The following rates are effective as of January 1, 2021:

Residential Waste

Monthly Collection Waste: $10.00 per month per residence
One-Time Use Refuse Bin Tags: $2.50 per tag


Rural Water Points

There are six rural water points with non-potable water located within Mackenzie County for residential use at no charge. Locations of the water points are as follows:

  • Rocky Lane Water Point ~ SE 6-110-14-W5M
  • Buffalo Head Prairie Water Point ~ NE 14-104-15-W5M
  • Wolfe Lake Water Point ~ NE 34-106-14-W5M
  • High Level Water Point ~ SW 6-110-16-W5M
  • Tompkins Water Point ~ SE 16-104-17-W5M

Water and Sewer Rates

Rate Description

Water Rates

Sewer Rates

Rates for Metered Users             $37.04/month plus $3.43 per m3 of consumption    $31.52/month plus $0.73 per m3 of water consumption

Rates for Cardlock Users
(treated water)

$3.43 per m3 of consumption $0.73 per m3 of water consumption

Rates for Cardlock Users
(raw water)

$2.56 per m3 of consumption N/A
High Level South Waterline $37.04/month plus $3.43 per m3 of consumption N/A

 

These rates are approved as per the Fee Schedule Bylaw.

For a copy of the Mackenzie County Comprehensive Water Supply Study prepared by Associated Engineering please click here.


The Mackenzie Regional Waste Management Commission

The Mackenzie Regional Waste Management Commission was established in 2003 and the members include Mackenzie County, the Town of High Level, and the Town of Rainbow Lake. The Commission provides solid waste management services.

For more information regarding the Mackenzie Regional Waste Management Commission visit www.mrwmc.com