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Certain types of waste are not suitable for typical processing and disposal and require special handling.

Apply for a Waste Identification Number (WID#)

A Waste Identification Number (WID#) is a pre-approval for special waste.

For information on how to apply for a WID#, please contact

Accepted Items
$131 per tonne

 $131 minimum charge 

The Edmonton Waste Management Centre accepts the following types of special-handling waste:

WID# and/or manifest required

unless otherwise noted

Cannabis waste

Call prior to disposal.
The manufacturer must follow provincial guidelines for destruction and disposal.

Catalyst containers


Commercial expired food & food product
Drums and pails


Emergency or trauma scene cleanup
Feed pellets & animal food waste
Pesticide containers


Railroad ties, landscaping ties and similarly treated wood (residential only)

Call prior to disposal.
Subject to approval due to site space restrictions.
A special handling fee may apply depending on volume.
No WID# and/or manifest required.

Soil >1 tonne
Residential soil

​No WID# and/or manifest required

Black soil/organic soil or soil mixtures are not accepted.

If material is primarily clay or primarily gravel, test results confirming the material is not contaminated are required. The tests are Total Metals, Total Hydrocarbons (F1-F4), Total BTEX, pH, and flashpoint.

If material is deemed contaminated, it will not be accepted.

Prohibited Items
The following special-handling waste is no longer accepted at the EWMC:
  • Animal carcasses and/or ashes
  • Asbestos
  • Biohazards and biomedical waste
  • Canisters, tanks or vessels (pressurized)
  • Cement pipe with asbestos
  • Contaminated soil
  • Fiberglass residuals
  • Frozen liquids 
  • Liquid waste
  • Loose powder and dust
  • Oily rags
  • Sandblasting media (sand, nutshells)
  • Seed dust
  • Sewage debris
  • Silica sand
  • Spent catalyst
  • Sump waste
  • Vehicle fluid
  • Wet sanitary solids
  • Any non-residential hazardous waste

For More Information


In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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