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The majority of household waste is made up of recyclables and organics. Recycling and composting are important to reduce the impact on our environment and to extend the life of our landfill.
Green & blue carts have proven to be effective in diverting waste from the landfill. On a Town-wide basis, that would translate into thousands of tonnes of annual waste being turned into useful recycled materials & rich compost for farms instead of taking up valuable space in the landfill.
There are many advantages for the environment that is why many municipalities in Alberta have or are implementing a green and blue cart program.
By using your new blue and green carts, you can:
• Reduce dependence on and extend the life of our landfill.
• Reduce greenhouse gases, helping our environment now and for future generations.
• Turn food and yard waste into useful compost.
No, garbage pickup will remain on Thursdays in Black Diamond.
Organics and recycling will be picked up on Wednesdays in both Black Diamond and Turner Valley starting June 1st 2022.
A brochure listing what items are accepted in each cart will be provided to each household and can also be found on the Town website.
Black garbage and blue recycling carts are collected weekly year-round.
Green organics carts are picked up:
Some exceptions occur on statutory holidays.
Carts must be placed in the pickup location on the designated day by 7a.m.
The green cart is collected weekly from April to October when the weather is warmer and there is also yard waste included in the cart.
The green cart is collected bi-weekly from November to March throughout the winter season when it is colder outside and the carts will have little to no yard waste.
Fees will be increasing to reflect the increased service level.
The cost of green and blue carts is being built into the utility billing structure and will not be charged separately.
There is no opportunity to opt out of the municipal waste collection program. These fees are automatically applied to the utility bills for all residences.
Once recycling services begin, any private residential recycling services currently being provided will be addressed by your service provider. Commercial and apartment waste services will remain private.
For more information, please contact your curbside recycling service provider.
The route and cart placement for blue and green carts will be the same as for the black carts.
Municipalities encourage residents living on a smaller street or cul-de-sac to not park on the street for collection day to allow room for the carts.
Some households place their carts in their driveway strategically so that there is room for one car to pull in and out without having to move the carts. Alternatively, some neighbours have worked together logistically to place their carts in areas with more space.
No, additional bags beside your cart will not be collected.
If your cart is damaged or missing, please fill out the online Report a Missed/Damaged Cart form. Please allow a maximum of five business days to complete your request.
If you have any questions please contact Waste Services at email@example.com or 403-938-8054.
If your cart was missed, please fill out the online Report a Missed/Damaged Cart form.
Waste collection occurs as usual on most stat holiday’s that fall Tuesday through Friday. The only exceptions are Christmas Day (December 25) and New Year’s Day (January 1).
If carts are not placed out on the stat holiday, households will need to wait until their next scheduled collection for pick up.
Due to the equipment used at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), glass and soft plastics such as plastic bags and cling wrap will not be accepted in the municipal program.
T&T Disposal Services is responsible for picking up the blue and green bin materials. Material from the blue bin is taken to Capital Paper Recycling, and material from the green bin is taken to GFL.
Green cart (Organics)
Contents can be placed loose inside the cart without using a bag or liner. A paper bag is optional.
Animal waste and bedding are the exceptions: they must be placed in a paper/compostable bag inside the green cart.
Blue cart (recyclables)
Do NOT use a bag or liner. Contents must be loose, not bagged or bundled.
The following item is an exception:
The material needs to be loose to be sorted by the machines. For the safety of workers, tied bags are assumed to be garbage and are never opened.
When you're buying compostable bags, look for the certified compostable logos on the box.
Some examples of retailers who would have certified compostable bags would be grocery stores, hardware stores, drugstores, and pet stores.
Here is a great video explaining what happens to the contents of the green carts once they get to the facility in Calgary that processes the material.
Over half of household garbage is actually food and yard waste.
In the landfill, organics do not break down like they do in nature, because the oxygen requirements are not met. This process can take decades. As it slowly breaks down, the food and yard materials release methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Here is a great video explaining it further
The green cart accepts a wider range of food and yard waste - materials such as meat, bones, fish, shellfish, dairy products, pasta, breads, branches and weeds.
All of the material collected from the green carts is brought to a private composting facility and could be sold to bagging operation then sold in local stores.
The material placed in the green cart is the same material currently placed in your black cart. Lining your kitchen catcher with newspaper or a compostable bag and emptying it frequently into your green cart will reduce pests and odours.
Yes, our program accepts pet waste and kitty litter in the green cart.
Animal waste must be in a paper bag or certified compostable bag before placing it in the green cart.
Please do not use plastic or biodegradable bags because these bags do not break down during the composting process and will reduce the quality of the finished compost.
During the composting process, the material is heated to temperatures at which any harmful bacteria is killed. Strict testing is conducted to ensure the compost is safe to use.
Rinse your kitchen pail with hot water or place inside your dishwasher.
Rinse your cart and pour the dirty water onto grass/gravel, not down the storm drain.
Use a compostable bag, paper bag or newspaper liner in your kitchen pail and green cart.
Layer your green cart to keep material from sticking. Place crumpled newspaper on the bottom of your cart and alternate layers of kitchen waste/grass clippings with soiled newspaper or leaves.
Always fill your green cart first with food and yard waste. If you have more yard waste than will fit in the cart, leave the extra for the following week. Only material in the green cart will be collected.
Leaves and yard waste ONLY can always be taken to the Transfer site.
The maximum length and size of branches allowed is = 1m or 3ft.(length), and must not exceed 7cm or 2.8in. (diameter)
No, construction, renovation or demolition materials are NOT collected at the curb and must be taken the Landfill for disposal.
Popsicle sticks, chopsticks, waxed or parchment paper is compostable and is allowed in the carts.
Remove food and place in the green cart and recycle the pizza box in the blue cart.
Grease and oils are allowed. When cool pour directly into the lined kitchen pail or freeze and place in the pail or cart.
The Recycling Centre in Turner Valley will be closing as of June 25, 2022.
Administration begins preparing budgets for discussion each fall. Council usually holds Special Council meetings to accommodate budget discussions outside of Regular Council meetings. These are public meetings, advertised on the Town's website. Agendas are published, although preliminary budget information is not included on agendas as it can be subject to several changes before the final budgets are adopted. The "final" proposed budgets (still subject to change) are generally included on the Council Meeting agenda package where Council is anticipated to adopt the budgets. This usually takes place in March, April or May, but can be done earlier.
The Operating and Capital Budgets, as authorized by Council, will be included in the meeting Minutes, as a resolution of Council, accepting (or amending) the presented budgets. Once the Minutes are adopted, Administration will post both the Operating and the Capital Budgets for viewing on the Town's website, on the Finance page.
The normal term of office is 4 (four) years for local government officials. By-elections are held when required to fill vacancies on a Council in between general municipal elections. Visit the Municipal Election webpage for more details.
Municipal elections in Alberta are conducted according to the Local Authorities Election Act, which is provincial legislation. The Town of Black Diamond Council passes resolutions to appoint a Returning Officer, and to authorize the Returning Officer to do such things as providing advance voting, setting up an institutional vote for residents of the High Country Lodge, hiring election workers, etc. All of these activities, although authorized by Council, must be undertaken in accordance with the Local Authorities Election Act.
Beginning with the 2021 municipal elections, the province has also passed two (2) other pieces of legislation that will combine some provincial election opportunities with the municipal elections across the province.
These acts will require municipalities to hold any applicable senate election or referendum questions in their municipalities if required by the province. The province has also passed a regulation for each of these two (2) acts, to provide the municipalities with some funding to assist with extra costs incurred in undertaking these votes.
In order to be eligible to vote in a municipal election, you must:
Your residence is the place where you live and sleep, and to which you will return after an absence. For the purposes of voting, you can only have one residence. Students that attend educational institutions within or outside of Alberta, but have family members resident in Alberta and the student resides with that family when not attending the educational institution, are deemed to reside with those family members (they are resident there, not at their educational institution or dorm).
Every person who wishes to vote must make a statement (on the prescribed form) at the voting station, in the presence of an officer at the voting station, that validates their residence in the municipality.
Voters must produce one (1) of the following:
A voter who cannot produce ID to validate their identity or their residence may have an eligible elector vouch for them, in accordance with section 53(4)-(8) of the Local Authorities Election Act.
The Returning Officer will (prior to advance voting dates) publish on the Town's website, a list of ID that is acceptable if the voter does not have any photo ID issued by a Canadian government.
The Returning Officer is aware that most photo ID for residents of Black Diamond (i.e. a Driver's License) will provide a PO Box #, rather than a street address. This is an acceptable form of identification if the PO Box is located in Black Diamond or Turner Valley. However, PO Boxes from other municipalities, or rural route addresses, will not be acceptable proof of residence, and voters should be prepared to provide one of the other forms of ID from the list.
The most common mistake voters make is not understanding how many people they can vote for. Voting instructions are placed inside each voting compartment. Each ballot that a voter takes must indicate the number of people that can be voted for. Here are some helpful reminders:
In Black Diamond, the Mayor is elected, not chosen by the Council. You may vote for 1 mayoral candidate.
Black Diamond Council has 6 Councillor seats. Voters may choose up to 6 candidates (less than 6 is OK, more than 6 will cause your ballot to be rejected).
A School Division Trustee ballot - voters can choose 1 candidate.
Senate ballots may vary, and are produced by the province. Voters will need to pay close attention to those ballots and the instructions posted inside the voting compartment.
Referendum ballots may contain multiple questions and voters may answer each question provided on that ballot. These ballots are also produced by the province.
The Town of Black Diamond always provides at least one (1) advance voting opportunity, usually two (2). Be sure to visit the Municipal Elections webpages to know when you will be able to cast your ballots.
For the 2021 election, the Returning Officer is currently planning for more than the usual number of advance voting opportunities. This is being done to help ensure physical distancing and to eliminate lineups and gathering at the voting stations. The final dates, times and locations for advance voting will be released at least 2 weeks prior to the first advance voting day.
Processes in place in voting stations will be in compliance with public health restrictions and recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and Alberta Health Services.
Here in Black Diamond, we count our ballots by hand, and that process can take several hours. We ask our candidates, the media and the community to be patient while we count all those ballots - every one of them is important. If it's taking us a long time, it means voters have done a great job of showing up to vote!
Depending on voter turnout, and assuming that no recounts are required on election night, results are usually available quite late in the evening. Between 10:00 pm and 12 Midnight is the "normal" count completion time. The Returning Officer will release the unofficial election results, using the Town's website and social media platforms, as soon as all ballot counts have been completed.
Election results become official at noon on the fourth day after the election.
If you are not making your payment in person at the office, the Town does not (generally) mail out receipts. However, if you would like to receive a receipt for your payment, please let us know that when you make your payment. You can also call the office at 403-933-4348 or email the Tax Clerk and request that a receipt be mailed or emailed to you.
In order to enrol or continue in the TIPP program, you must understand and maintain your TIPP account in good standing. The following Terms & Conditions apply, as well as those set out by the Town of Black Diamond TIPP Bylaw.
Instalment payments are calculated when you join TIPP, based on the timing. All TIPP accounts must be paid in full by year-end, or they will not be considered "in good standing" and penalties will apply.
Payments are automatically recalculated in January and July of each year, to ensure that account holders can ensure payment in full by year-end.
If for any reason, an account holder in good standing needs to temporarily terminate their TIPP account but wishes to re-enrol before the end of the year, the instalment payments can be recalculated to ensure the account is paid in full by year-end.
Please remember that if you participate in the Tax Installment Payment Plan (TIPP), no additional payment on your taxes is required when you receive your annual tax notice.
If you are not making your payment in person at the office, the Town does not (generally) mail out receipts. However, if you would like to receive a receipt for your payment, please let us know that when you make your payment. You can also call the office at 403-933-4348 or email the Tax & Utilities Clerk and request that a receipt be mailed or emailed to you.
Water Restrictions are determined by the Town of Black Diamond Water Use and Conservation Bylaw.
Information about current water restrictions, including levels, requirements and fines, can be found:
during seasonal or other periods of high water use, reminders will be posted: