Burning household garbage

Strathcona County residents are not permitted to burn household garbage such as plastics, food scraps and other garbage. They're harmful to the environment and are not pleasant to smell when burned. Rural residents wanting to do any kind of open burning must apply for a fire permit. Open fires are not permitted in urban or rural hamlets.

Burning FAQs

  • 1. What are the penalties for burning illegally? Permanent link to What are the penalties for burning illegally?

    Any person who ignites, fuels, supervises, maintains or permits an outdoor fire within the municipal boundaries of Strathcona County without a permit or in violation of burning regulations (e.g. during a fire ban) can be fined up to $1,000.

    Should the fire get out of control and emergency fire response is required, the person responsible for the fire may be charged firefighting costs.

    If your fire causes damage to others' property, you may also be responsible for the costs to repair the damage, whether you have a valid permit or not.

  • 2. How do I report someone who is burning improperly? Permanent link to How do I report someone who is burning improperly?

    Immediate danger to life or properties should be reported to 9-1-1.

    Non-emergent complaints can be directed to Fire Prevention at 780-449-9651 or fireprevention@strathcona.ca. Please provide the exact address of the complaint to assist with the investigation.  

    Complaints may include incidents of excessive or toxic smoke, burning prohibited materials, burning improperly or burning during a fire ban or advisory.

  • 3. Is there anything I'm not allowed to burn? Permanent link to Is there anything I'm not allowed to burn?

    As per Emergency Services Bylaw 68-2000, it is illegal to burn:

    • food waste
    • animal carcasses and manure
    • treated construction materials
    • wire
    • insulation
    • rubber and plastics
    • herbicides and pesticides
    • any other toxic materials which may produce dense black smoke
    • painted, stained or pressure treated wood
    • railroad ties

    The above materials must be disposed of by other means, such as using a waste collection service or Strathcona County’s  Enviroservice Station. For more information, call Utilities at 780-449-5514.

  • 4. What is an incinerator (burn barrel) fire? Permanent link to What is an incinerator (burn barrel) fire?

    An incinerator fire is any fire that is confined within a non-combustible structure or container that has the draft and smoke vents covered with a heavy gauge metal screen. The screen must have a mesh size no larger than 13 mm (1/2 inch) and precludes the escape of any combustible materials, including ash. A fire permit is required to use a burn barrel or incinerator.

    Many users convert 45 gallon drums for this purpose. Care must be taken to maintain this device. Dilapidated burn barrels can release hot ash onto dry ground and cause a fire.

    Burn barrels are used to dispose of household paper, cardboard or other refuse, with the exception of prohibited materials. Burn barrels are not allowed on properties less than 5 acres in size.

    For alternatives to burning your household refuse, call 780-449-5514.

  • Fires that require a fire permit include open fires, incinerators and burn barrels. Fire permits are not issued for properties within:

    • Sherwood Park
    • Ardrossan
    • Josephburg
    • North and South Cooking Lake
    • Antler Lake
    • Hastings Lake
    • Half Moon Lake
    • Collingwood Cove

    Fires that do not require a fire permit include recreational fire pits (pots, bowls, fire tables or chimineas) and smudge fires.

    Fire permit holders must call Strathcona County’s 24 hour Burning Status Line at 780-464-8464 or text the word “BURN” to 587-340-3696 each time you burn to confirm that conditions allow for burning.

Other options

There are many options for disposal of household waste in Strathcona County.

Consider Weekly waste collection
Strathcona County offers weekly collection service to all County residents. It's convenient and economical. Large items are also picked up twice a year.

Recycle at Strathcona County Recycling Stations
Broadview Enviroservice Station, 101 Broadview Road, Sherwood Park
Ardrossan Recycling Station, Ardrossan Recreation Complex
South Cooking Lake Recycling Station at the South Cooking Lake Fire Hall (the last weekend of every month)

Broadview Enviroservice Station
Provides year-round disposal of household hazardous waste, electronics, paint, motor oil and appliances.

Clover Bar Landfill
North of Highway 16 on Meridian Street
780-442-5311 for 24-hour recorded information.

Fort Saskatchewan Transfer and Recycling Station
8609 - 111 Street, Fort Saskatchewan.
780-992-6152 for hours and rates.

Lindbrook Transfer Station
Less than one kilometre south of Highway 14 on Range Road 201.
780-662-2704 for hours and rates.

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Last updated: Monday, May 06, 2019
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