Controlled Waste Disposal

What is Controlled Waste?

Landfilling of certain types of wastes creates potential nuisance, health and safety concerns for staff, or environmental concerns beyond those expected from regular household garbage. These wastes require special handling to protect the health and safety of employees and reduce impacts to the landfill leachate.

Controlled wastes are disposed of in designated trenches at the Regional Landfill and covered daily to minimize nuisance, odours, and scavenging by birds. Bylaw 1784 governs the disposal of controlled wastes.

Items that are considered controlled waste and/or require special handling include:


24 hour notice required for appointments. Asbestos must be placed in a 6-mil plastic bag, sealed and placed in a second 6-mil plastic bag and sealed.

Bio Solids

Must be dewatered

Bulky Waste

Not permitted for disposal at Church Road Transfer Station without approval from Superintendent

Burnt Demolition Waste

Waste extinguished for 21 days or with letter from recognized municipal, local or volunteer fire department stating material is suitably extinguished for disposal.

Contaminated Soil

Pre-approval required. Not permitted for disposal at Church Road Transfer Station

Creosote Wood Waste

Pieces to be no longer than 8-feet. 24 hour notice required.

Dead Animals

24 hour notice required for large animals.

Drums - Plastic

Lids must be off. 45 gallon drums to be cut in half. Must be crushed, shredded or similarly reduced in volume to the maximum practical extent.

Dusty Material

Only acceptable if securely bagged.

Food Processing Waste

Call Landfill in advance for approval.

Grit and Screenings

Must be dewatered.

Priority Invasive Plant Species

The priority invasive plants which are currently identified for management through controlled landfilling are:

  • Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum)
  • Invasive knotweeds (Fallopia x / Polygonum polystachum)
  • Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
  • Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea maculosa)
  • Wild Chervil (Anthriscus sylvestris)
  • Poison Hemlock (Conium maculatum)

These plants meet the following criteria:

Lead Painted Wood Waste

Hazardous waste screening and approval required for Commercial haulers and/or large quantities.


Notify scale house, special disposal required.


Must be dewatered.

Steel Cables

Must be 2 metres in length or shorter.

Analytical Testing

You may be required to have a sample of your waste submitted to a laboratory for analytical testing to ensure that the waste meets the controlled waste requirements. Please contact the RDN if you have questions about what type of testing is necessary.