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Transfer Stations

Transfer station

Transfer stations are located throughout Lethbridge County.

  • Winter Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and begin when Daylight Savings Time ends
  • Regular hours resume when Daylight Savings Time begins
  • Hours of operation are subject to change without notice.
  • Click the link to view the Transfer Station map: Lethbridge County Transfer Station Map
Station NamePhone NumberDays Open
Hours of Operation
(403) 345-0340
Tuesday and Wednesday
10:00am - 6:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm
Iron Springs
(403) 738-4964
Thursday and Friday
10:00am - 6:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm
(403) 824-3158
Thursday and Friday
10:00am - 6:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm
Picture Butte
(403) 732-4250
Tuesday and Wednesday
10:00am - 6:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm

Materials Accepted

  • Yard waste grass and leaves (compost pile), no non biodegradable bags
  • Household waste
  • Scrap metal
  • White goods stoves, dryers, fridges, etc. (see fees above) 
  • Wood, waste trees, lumber - max. length 6 feet
  • Tires
  • Florescent tubes (unbroken)
  • Livestock medicine and needles (to be in a sealed container)
  • Household paint
  • Used oil, filters and oil pails (Used oil collection is not to be contaminated by solvents, antifreeze, etc.)
  • Agricultural chemical containers (triple rinsed) preferred tied together
  • Televisions
  • Computers and components
  • Household hazardous waste (compounds must be known)
  • Automotive batteries
  • Ashes must be bagged or boxed

Items must be sorted.

Additional Materials Accepted at Iron Springs Transfer Station

  • Empty grain bags and twine (visit the Cleanfarms website for more information)
  • Loads of wood larger than a 1/2 ton load as well as large pieces
  • Large loads of rubble
  • Concrete, stones, construction debris and waste material from building demolition 
  • Fence wire
  • Clean fill

Burning will only take place at the Iron Springs location.  Please follow the instructions of the Site Supervisor for the proper placement in the designated area.  Do not ignite your burnable material- this will be done by the Site Supervisor.

Pesticide Containers

Disposal compounds are provided at all sites.  Please triple rinse and puncture your containers at home.  Separation of plastics and metal containers, in co-operation with the Site Supervisor on disposal is required.

Items NOT accepted at any Transfer Station

  • Large mixed loads
  • Asphalt roofing material
  • Treated lumber
  • Hazardous waste, other than household waste
  • Burning barrels
  • Animal carcasses or spoiled meat
  • Derelict vehicles (can be taken to scrap dealers)
  • Asbestos
  • Grain, straw or hay
  • Silage plastic (accepted at Iron Springs Transfer Station- must be rolled)

Transfer Station Information

  • All sites are supervised.
  • The transfer station operator is required to inspect all waste entering the transfer station and has the right to reject any load that does not meet the above requirements.
  • The operator has the right to request that all loads be sorted and put in the appropriate area. Failure to comply may result in ban from transfer stations.
  • All items received must be able to fit into compactor and be capable of being handled by the person delivering the item.
  • The Lethbridge Regional Landfill will accept most of the NOT accepted items above.  It is recommended that you contact them first (403) 329-7367. 
  • Three ton trucks and all tandem truck trailers must go to Lethbridge Regional Landfill and pay the posted fees.
  • When transporting your waste material to the Waste Transfer Stations, please have your load properly secured and covered.
  • Your co-operation in the separation of waste material, following instructions of Site Supervisor and signage is greatly appreciated.

Litter Control

Be aware that the Alberta Health Act and the Alberta Litter Act provide severe penalties to those who fail to properly secure loads.

Remember, the waste management system is your system. With your co-operation we can keep it working effectively

Click the link to view: 2020 Fees

Lethbridge County has an automated solid waste collection system which includes waste collection carts in the following areas: the hamlets of Fairview, Monarch, Diamond City and Shaughnessy, as well as the subdivisions of Mountain Meadows and Deer Run Estates.

Have a question that isn’t here? Contact the County at (403) 328-5525


Why does the County use waste collection carts?  

The County’s service provider, The Town of Coalhurst, uses the automated collection system.

Is anyone exempt from using carts?

No, all residents who currently have garbage collection service within these communities must use the issued collection carts. 

What if my cart goes missing or gets stolen?

Please contact the County’s Picture Butte office at (403) 732-5333 to replace your cart. 

Please note: If loss or damage to your cart is the result of neglect, you will be responsible for the $100 replacement cost of the cart.

What if I have other cart problems (ie. broken wheel, damaged lid) or it is in need of a repair?

Call the Picture Butte office at (403) 732-5333 and inform them of any issues with the cart.  



Where do I place my cart for pick up?

Place your cart on the street, with wheels against the curb. If there is no curb, place the cart just off the street, or on the shoulder of the road.  The cart must be returned to the resident’s property after the garbage is picked up.  Please do not obstruct the driving lanes of the roadway.  

Leave at least 1 metre (3 feet) of clearance between carts and any obstacles such as parked cars, poles, mailboxes, etc. The arrows on the cart lid must point to the centre of the street. 

 In the winter, do not place bins behind or on top of snow banks. Please make sure they are clearly visible and accessible.

What time do I need to have my cart out by?

Place your cart at your pick-up location by 7:00 am on your collection day.

What if I am not physically able to pull my bin off the back lane when it is not my collection day? 

For residents who are physically unable to place their carts on the street on collection day, the service provider may accommodate them by placing their carts on the street and returning once emptied. Residents will be required to request this additional no-cost service from the Town of Coalhurst at (403) 381-3033

Can I line my cart with a plastic bag?

As you collect your garbage please place the garbage in bags before placing in the carts.  Loose garbage may blow away as the cart is being dumped into the truck, so it must be bagged to prevent this from occurring.

How much garbage can I put out?

All your waste must fit in the cart and the lid must close. No additional waste will be collected.  Garbage placed beside the cart will not be collected. 

How do I get rid of large, bulky items?

Find your nearest Waste Transfer Station for large item drop off.  This information is available by clicking on the following link: Lethbridge County Transfer Stations

How do I get rid of paint, oil, chemicals, batteries or propane?

Paints, pesticides, propane tanks, batteries, syringes, used motor oil, fluorescent tubes/compact bulbs and many cleaning products are just some examples of household hazardous waste. These items contain toxic ingredients and should be used and disposed of with caution. Do not place out for regular garbage pick-up. Do not pour motor oil, paints or solvents down your drain or into sewers. Take these items to your nearest Waste Transfer Station for safe disposal. 

My garbage was not picked up, who do I contact?

Contact the Town of Coalhurst at (403) 381-3033.


When is my garbage collection day?

All garbage is picked up on Thursdays.

What happens if my collection day falls on a statutory holiday?

If the scheduled pick up day is a holiday, collection will usually occur the previous business day.  If this is not the case, the County will notify you in advance.

What happens if it snows and the collection truck can't get down my road?

Severe winter weather, such as snowy and icy conditions or roads blocked by downed trees or power lines may cause a delay in pick up and the service provider to temporarily postpone garbage collection.  Affected residents are asked to contact the Picture Butte office at (403) 732-5333 for more information.


I have a rental property that is vacant, why do I have to pay for garbage and recycling collection?

It is impossible for our billing system to track of the occupancy of rental properties.  If the dwelling is habitable (it has electricity, running water, plumbing and heat) the owner will be billed for collection services.

Why did I receive a bill belonging to the previous owner of the house I've bought?

At the time of billing, utility bills are sent to the owner of the property on record. However, there are times where there is still the final bill to be invoiced.  If you have any questions when this occurs, please contact the Utilities Clerk at (403) 328-5525.

I sold a house last year, what should I do with this bill?

Please contact Lethbridge County at (403) 328-5525 so that we can research ownership, update our records and re-direct the bill.

I have a rental property, who is responsible for the cart?

The property owner is responsible for the cart; damage to the cart by the tenant will be the responsibility of the owner.

It is between the owner and the tenant as to how costs are passed along. The property owner is ultimately responsible for all utility bills.

Household waste or garbage is growing at a phenomenal rate each year.

It's a major concern for the consumer who creates the waste; municipal and health authorities who have to dispose and control the waste; and the person who wants to protect the environment from pollution.

With encouragement and capital funding from Alberta Environment, the Lethbridge Regional Waste Management Services Commission administers the planning, construction and operations of the Regional Waste Management System.  This authority is composed of representatives from Lethbridge County, the Town of Picture Butte and the Town of Nobleford.

In designing a waste management system, the commission has considered the particular requirements and needs of residents in the areas represented and each of these has been considered in the design of the system.

Need for a Regional Waste Management

  • Elimination of garbage dumps, over the edge coulee type of dumping and the problems that are created by these systems
  • The controlled collection of household waste at area transfer stations which is then moved to a central regional landfill
  • Controlled storage of pesticide containers, metal (not car bodies), tires, rubble and dry fill
  • Control of blowing litter and indiscriminate dumping in ditches and road sides
  • Control of burning at sites
  • Improved handling and control of waste material
  • Promote recycling and composting
  • E-waste and household toxic waste all year round

If you would like more information regarding Waste Management in the County, please contact:

Craig Praskach, Supervisor of Utility Services