Prairie Disposal Ltd is excited about our new working partnership with County of Grande Prairie No. 1. We are looking forward to working with the residents of the county, and hope to improve on all your garbage collection needs.  Below is a list of some of the more frequently asked questions retaining to Residential Garbage Collection.

Disposal Collection Update

Please note that if you reside in Whispering Ridge or Westlake that refuse and recycle will be collected on Thursday, December 31st in lieu of January 1st.


Frequently Asked Questions


When is my garbage collected?

Garbage is collected weekly for county residents in the areas listed below. With the exception of Christmas and New Years, unless notified with notice from Prairie Disposal Ltd.

Tuesday Collection:

  • Talyor Estates
  • Maple Ridge
  • Wedgewood
  • Clairmont North

Wednesday Collection:

  • Carriage Lane
  • Clairmont South

Friday Collection:

  • Westlake
  • Whispering Ridge

Please have your garbage out by 8:00 a.m., otherwise you risk missing collection.


Is there a bag limit?

No, a bag limit has not been set in place.


What kind of “Garbage Can” and/or “Garbage Bag” should I use?

Garbage cans should be 100 liters or less in volume. Should have a secure, easly removable lid, fixed non-swiveling handles, and no wheels.  Garbage bags should of a tough strength and measure out to 2ft by 3ft.

The garbage collector missed my house.

Sorry about that. Please call (780) 539-5950 
What can I put in the garbage?

  • regular bagged food waste, packaging, smaller worn-out household items
  • bundled or bagged yard and garden waste (tied branches must be under 4ft. long),
  • rags/old clothes, broken dishes,
  • broken glass (inside a marked puncture-proof container)
  • floor sweepings, sawdust, etc. Please be sure to bag dusty materials.

Note: All material must be properly bagged, bundled or put in approved cans.
Please keep the weight to less than 20 kg (44lbs) so there’s no risk of injury to your collector. 

Please help us collect your waste more efficiently “buddy-up” your garbage with your neighbour!

Unacceptable items:

  • household hazardous waste (e.g., oven cleaners, paints, motor oil, pesticides, toilet cleaners, batteries, propane tanks, light bulbs, solvents, computer equipment)
  • large items (mattresses, box springs, furniture, televisions, stereos, sofas, etc.)
  • large appliances (fridges, stoves, freezers, dishwashers, hot water tanks, etc.)
  • building/renovation material (e.g., wood with nails sticking out, drywall, carpeting, lumber, etc.)
  • tree stumps/roots, manure, dirt or sod
  • tires, large metal auto parts


What can I do with the unacceptable items listed above?

If you're not sure what can be recycled or thrown away, please contact Prairie Disposal Ltd. at (780) 539-5950.

Prairie Disposal Ltd. also offers others services that can help you get rid of the above mentioned “Unacceptable Items”.


How can I help my garbage collector work safely?

Every working day your refuse collector picks up between 7000 to 11,000 kilograms of waste, the weight of 10 sub compact cars. Please help to make the job safer and a little easier.

Keep it Light
Each filled garbage “bag” or “can” should be lighter than 20 kg (44 lbs). You should be able to carry each bag or can with one hand.

Each bundle of brush or tree trimmings should also be below this limit, securely tied, and no longer
than 1.2 m (4 ft.).

Package Sharp Objects
Please ensure all broken glass, nails, sheet metal scraps, and other sharps are safely packaged in puncture proof containers and marked as such. Please read Needles, Syringes and Other Medical Sharps for more information.

Don’t Overfill
You should be able to put your lids securely back on when you have filled your garbage cans. The wind can blow the lids away if you don’t.

Bag the Loose Stuff
To prevent littering, make sure all loose materials like grass cuttings, light plastics, and bits of paper are put into bags or boxes. Please be extra careful and double bag vacuum cleaner dust, sawdust, pet feces, and kitty litter.

Let it Flow
The contents of the can should come out easily. Please don’t stuff cans with loose grass, leaves, brush or boxes

Keep it Clean
Please keep your waste collection site clean and tidy year-round. In the winter, clear away snow and ice; sand if necessary. In the summer, trim back any trees or bushes around your garbage stand and check periodically for hornet or wasp nests.

Thanks for helping us out!


Where should I put my garbage cans or bags on collection day?

If you have front street collection:

  • place your garbage at the curb
  • remember to park your vehicle in your driveway 
  • if there’s road construction, put your waste where it is accessible

If your collection is in your rear lane:

  • place garbage within 3 metres (10 feet) of the rear lane
  • ensure the waste cans are easily accessible
  • if there is construction in the lane, place your waste at the front curb


What should I do with needles and syringes?

Contact your pharmacy for information on local needle take back programs. Not all pharmacies offer this service.
Hypodermic needles, syringes, lancets and any other sharp items used in home medical care are not accepted in household waste - Bylaw 13777 Section 13 (e) - Prohibited Items


Never put needles in bags or garbage cans!

If you need more information on safe needle disposal, please contact Prairie Disposal Ltd. at (780) 539-5950


I'm building a new garbage stand. Any advice?

Sure. Sometimes stands can make it hard for collectors to do their jobs, but there are “good stands” that work well for you and your collector.
Refuse collectors would rather residents not build garbage enclosures. Enclosures can sometimes impede their progress. Collection on front streets, for example, where there are no enclosures, is much more efficient than it is in lanes. Many residents, however, prefer to have enclosures, usually to deter stray animals from making a mess of things.

The following describes a collector-friendly garbage stand:
The cans should be accessed from the front side, not the top. This is very important. It is very difficult and unsafe for a collector to lift a full garbage can out the top of a stand.  It is much easier for them to pull it straight out the front side toward their bodies.


Large enough to accommodate your garbage cans and yard waste in the summer..
The floor of the stand should be about 12" off the ground.

If it has doors, they should by hinged on the sides, not the top. Also, the latches should be operable while wearing big mittens or gloves.


Please let your stand be seen. Thoroughly camouflaging it in a fence can result in missed collection.