Regional Landfill Statistics

A few important fact, figures and considerations regarding the Regional Landfill.

The Regional landfill operates under the guidance of the Lesser Slave Lake Regional Waste Management Services Commission; which is comprised of three Council Members from the Town of Slave Lake and three Council Members from the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River. The facility operates under approval from Alberta Environment and provincial legislation.

The transfer stations in Smith, Flatbush and Marten Beach are operated under the supervision of the MD, and as such are a separate entity from the Regional Landfill. For questions related to transfer stations, please call the MD office at 780.849.4888

  • View Provincial Laws Regarding the Regional Landfill

  • How Long Does it Take to Decompose?

    The chart below shows average decomposition times for some commonly disposed items. Keep in mind that these decomposition times are for items left out in the elements. Items in a landfill would take far longer to decompose because they are covered up, thus eliminating many elements required to assist in breaking down materials. There are actually landfills in the US that were shut down in the 40's that you can dig up a news paper and still read it, or find a hot dog still the same as it was when deposited.

     Item  Decomposition Time    Item  Decomposition Time
     Paper Towel  2 to 4 Weeks    Cigarette Butts  10 to 12 Years
     Banana Peel  3 to 4 Weeks    Leather Shoes  25 to 40 Years
     Paper Bag  1 Month    Tinned Steel Can  50 Years
     Newspaper  1 to 5 Months    Foamed Plastic Cups  50 Years
     Apple Core  2 Months    Rubber Boot Sole  50 to 80 Years
     Cardboard  2 Months    Plastic Containers  50 to 80 Years
     Cotton Glove  3 Months    Aluminum Can  200 to 500 Years
     Orange Peels  6 Months    Plastic Bottles  450 Years
     Plywood  1 to 3 Years    Disposable Diapers  550 Years
     Wool Sock  1 to 5 Years    Monofilament Fishing Line  600 Years
     Milk Cartons  5 Years    Plastic Bags  200 to 1,000 Years


    Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

    On May 20, 2011, a firefighting helicopter crashed into the Lesser Slave Lake near Canyon Creek, taking the life of pilot Jean-Luc Debas died at the scene. A memorial park on the shore of Canyon Creek honours the bravery of Mr. Debas. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
    Legendary Lesser Slave River


MD of Lesser Slave River

Just a few hours due north of Edmonton, Lesser Slave River is a truly unique place to live, work and play. From breathtaking expanses of boreal forest and unspoiled natural wonders to a thriving economy and genuine work/life balance, opportunities abound. Here you'll discover a place of rugged beauty. A place of real people. A place you'll never want to leave.

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