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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.
Waste diversion creates 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.
Garbage pickup remains on Tuesdays in the community of Turner Valley and Thursdays in Black Diamond.
Organics and recycling are picked up on Wednesdays in both Black Diamond and Turner Valley communities.
In the winter months (November - March) organics collection is every two weeks (alternating communities).
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 have increased to reflect the increased service level.
Fees per month:
Garbage - $10.40
Recycling - $6.05
Organics (Compost) - $6.10
Program Fee - $1.00
Total - $23.55 / month
Utilities are currently billed bi-monthly (Waste services are billed $47.10 / two months)
The cost of green and blue carts is 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.
A brochure listing what items are accepted in each cart has been provided to each household and can also be found on the Town website.
What goes inside your black garbage cart?
What goes inside your green organics cart?
What goes inside your blue recycle cart?
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 or compostable bag designed for municipal organics collection programs 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.
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.
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 a bagging operation and then sold in local stores.
Tips on reducing smell from your compost / green bin:
Lining your kitchen catcher with newspaper or a compostable bag and emptying it frequently into your green cart will reduce pests and odours.
Keep in mind that the organic material now placed in the green cart was previously being placed in your garbage bin, so there should be no additional attraction of pests or creation of odours.
Rinse your kitchen pail with hot water or place inside your dishwasher after emptying it into the green bin.
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.
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.
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, located at 168 St. W & 402 Ave (north of former Black Diamond) or the regional Landfill.
The maximum length and size of branches allowed is:
Length: 1m or 3ft.
Diameter: 7cm or 2.8 in.
No, construction, renovation or demolition materials are NOT collected at the curb and must be taken the Landfill for disposal.
Popsicle sticks, chopsticks, waxed paper and parchment paper are compostable and are allowed in the green carts.
Remove food residue (which may be placed in the green cart) and recycle pizza boxes in the blue cart.
Grease and oils are allowed in the green cart. Once they have cooled down, pour directly into the lined kitchen pail or freeze and place in the pail or cart.
The Recycling Centre in Turner Valley closed as of June 25, 2022.
Online registrations are now closed. Please come in to the Town Office to fill out a registration form, or be at the registration table in front of Oilfields Regional Arena at 8:30 am on Saturday, June 4. If you have a vehicle or equine entry, please ensure that you bring insurance information.
Attached is the map outlining the parade route, mustering areas, and washroom locations, detours, and volunteer/security/Peace Officer Posts.
Mustering areas and Float Parking are where you will go to wait for the parade to start and where the Parade Marshall, Mike King (wearing a green safety vest with his title on the back), and the volunteers will find you to get you organized for your journey down the parade route.
The Parade Marshall will usually be found at the "Parade Start" (see map) and he is in charge of all parade registrants during the parade for safety and organization reasons.
Anyone participating in or volunteering for the parade is invited to enjoy a free BBQ lunch at the Oilfields Regional Arena, inside at the Canteen right after the parade winds up. Please make sure to get your tickets at the registration table. We will be serving hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, pop and water.
You need to muster in the C. Ian McLaren School field, in the southwest corner/ball diamond area. You have to send a representative to the registration desk located on the grass in front of the Oilfields Arena (corner of 3rd Street and 5th Ave SW).
At the registration desk you will receive a lanyard that you need to give to your lead person. Any group without a lanyard will not be allowed in the parade. The Band Coordinator will be wearing a safety vest with their title marked on it.
You need to muster in the green space on the west side of 3rd Street SW, just south of 6th Avenue SW. I recommend you get there closer to 8 am. It is strongly recommended that you enter via Willow Ridge Blvd SW (just south of the hospital), turn right at the 4 way stop onto 3rd Street SW. You will need to send a representative to the registration desk located on the grass in front of the Oilfields Arena (corner of 3rd Street and 5th Ave SW).
You will obtain a lanyard from the registration desk which you will hang on your lead horse to show that you have registered. Any group without a lanyard on the lead horse will not be allowed in the parade. The Horse Coordinator is Pat - he will be wearing a safety vest with her title marked on it At 9:30 Pat will be marshaling you down toward the "Parade Start" (see map).
You need to muster along 3rd Street SW facing south (see map for "Float Parking") on either side of 3rd Street. You have to send a representative to the registration desk located on the grass in front of the Oilfields Arena (corner of 3rd Street and 5th Ave SW).
At the registration desk you will receive a lanyard that you need to hang from your rear-view mirror. Any vehicle without a lanyard will not be allowed in the parade. The Float Coordinator will be wearing a safety vest with their title marked on it.
You need to muster in the south parking lot of Oilfields High School between the high school and the Oilfields Arena. It is recommended you enter from the south side of the arena and drive around to the laneway (see map). You have to send a representative to the registration desk located on the grass in front of the Oilfields Arena (corner of 3rd Street and 5th Ave SW).
At the registration desk you will receive a lanyard that you need to hang from your rear-view mirror. Any vehicle without a lanyard will not be allowed in the parade. The Vintage Car Coordinator will be wearing a safety vest with his title marked on it.
You need to muster on the grass in front of the Oilfields High School. You have to send a representative to the registration desk located on the grass in front of the Oilfields Arena (corner of 3rd Street and 5th Ave SW).
At the registration desk you will receive a Lanyard that you need to hang around the neck of your lead person. Any group without a lanyard will not be allowed in the parade. The Parade Marshall, Mike King, will direct and coordinate your placement in the parade procession.
Please know that we will do our best to accommodate groups in different categories that want to travel the parade route together, but this is often difficult and depending on the line up, may not be able to be accommodated.
Thank you all very much for your enthusiasm and participation in this significant Black Diamond event! We look forward to seeing you Saturday morning. On behalf of the Town of Black Diamond, thank you!
There is public parking available at the public lots at the following locations:
There is also street parking on residential streets, with the exception of the parade route and detour on 1 Street SE. Roads on the parade route will close to the public no later than 9:30 am
Detours will begin at 8:30 am, with barricades up by 9:00 am and closed to traffic by 9:45 am at the very latest. Plan to use detour routes after 8:30 for the safety of the parade participants and volunteers.
The parade starts at 10:00 am sharp!
Anywhere along the parade route! There are plenty of places to sit and watch the parade, check out the map of the parade route!
Head on over to Turner Valley for Diamond Valley Day, with loads of family friendly activities including:
Visit https://turnervalley.ca/diamond-valley-day/ for updates, schedules and details.
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.
Please visit the Who Can Appeal page to find out who can make appeal to the Intermunicipal Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (ISDAB) when it comes to development permits, subdivision applications, stop orders, and amendments to Land Use by-laws.
Examples of an affected person are someone who owns property, carries on a business or resides in the vicinity of a proposed development. A person who merely visits the area probably may not qualify as an affected person.
Find the steps you will need to take in order to file your appeal properly.
The appeal must be heard by the ISDAB within 30 days of submission. For details about the appeal hearing process please visit our Appeal Hearing 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 Diamond Valley, the Mayor is elected, not chosen by the Council. You may vote for 1 mayoral candidate.
Diamond Valley 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 Diamond Valley 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.
Here in Diamond Valley, 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.
Recreation is essential to our quality of life: the personal, social, economic and environmental benefits of recreation are the essence of a healthy community and individual well-being. Providing recreation to our community gives our youth an interesting and enjoyable way to mature, it brings people into our community, which brings financial support to local business, and supplies a social gathering for our residents.
A hockey arena is an open air deep freeze keeping 1.5 inches of water over 16,000 square feet frozen. The building that it is housed in has to be maintained to protect the health of all people who use it. This means that furnaces, water heaters, alarm systems, lighting, structure, mechanical equipment, such as refrigeration systems, and ice resurfacers must be maintained and checked regularly. There are also utilities and consumed supplies including: toilet paper, roll towels, cleaners, garbage bags, ice-making supplies, lumber, plastic to repair the arena boards, paint, and office supplies. Insurance, wages and equipment add to the total operating costs.
The Town of Diamond Valley’s fees are lower than the main centres such as Calgary, but around the same or higher than most municipalities within the same distance of a major city as Diamond Valley.
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 when you make your payment. You can also call the office or email the Tax Clerk and request that a receipt be mailed or emailed to you.
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 Diamond Valley 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.
Under the proposed definition, a Recreational Vehicle (RV) is defined as:
“Any vehicle, conveyance, or other type of unit or trailer, whether motorized, towed, self-propelled, or otherwise transportable and used for recreational, utility, or similar purposes, and includes, but is not limited to, motor homes (Class A, B, or C), travel trailers, truck campers, off-highway vehicles, boats and other watercraft, and all trailers used to carry or transport any such item.”
Black Diamond - Land Use Bylaw 21-10 - Amendment of Land Use Bylaw 21-06
Black Diamond - Traffic Bylaw 2021-09 - Section 5
Turner Valley - Property Responsibility Bylaw 20-1107 - Section 3.2 and Appendix A (Penalties)
Turner Valley Traffic & Parking Control Bylaw 20-1106 - Section 16, Section 17
In the (former) Town of Turner Valley:
- Recreational Vehicles are permitted to be parked on private property on a driveway constructed of either crushed gravel, cement, concrete, pavement, aggregate, on any other materials unless otherwise approved by the CAO or pursuant to a valid permit issued by the Town. Bylaw 20-1107 Section 3.2
- Recreational Vehicles are permitted to be parked on the street immediately adjacent to their own place of residence for up to 48 hours. Bylaw 20-1106 Section 17.1, 17.2
- Recreational vehicles may not be pared on the street in Town between November 1 and May 1 each year unless they are in the immediate process of loading or unloading. Bylaw 20-1106 Section 17.3
In the (former) Town of Black Diamond
- Recreational Vehicles may be parked in the front yard from April 1 to Oct 31 on a private front driveway, a maximum of two units allowed, all portions of unit are set back a minimum of 1m from sidewalk, or 1.5m from curb if there is no sidewalk. Bylaw 21-10 Section 5.0 (Amending Bylaw 21-06 Section 8.10.1(e)(i)(a,b,c))
- Recreational Vehicles shall not be occupied for more than 15 days in a year for more than 3 consecutive days at a time. Bylaw 21-10 Section 5.0 (Amending Bylaw 21-06 Section 8.10.1(e)(i)(d))
- Up to two Recreational Vehicles may be parked in the rear or side-lot year round. Bylaw 21-10 Section 6.0 (Amending Bylaw 21-06 Section 8.10.1(e))
- In R-1, R-1A, R-1C and R-2 Districts, one off-street parking pad may be permitted per parcel in the front setback to a maximum width of 9.15m (30ft) and the pad shall be constructed of materials suitable to support vehicle traffic such as gravel, concrete or asphalt. Bylaw 21-10 Section 7.0 (Amending Bylaw 21-06 Section 8.14.5(f))
- Parking of Recreational Vehicles will be prohibited in front yards and on the streets, except for a 24-hour period for trip or RV storage preparation. Bylaw 21-10 Section 8.0 (Amending Bylaw 21-06 Section 10.5.5)
- Recreational Vehicles must not be parked on Town streets between November 1 - April 1 unless they are in the immediate process of loading or unloading. Bylaw 2021-09 Section 5.17
- No Recreational Vehicle may be detached from the vehicle by which it may be propelled or drawn while parked upon a street in town. Bylaw 2021-09 Section 5.18
- Recreational Vehicles shall not be parked on a roadway for more than 48 consecutive hours. Bylaw 2021-09 Section 5.19
- Recreational Vehicles shall not be used as a residence or temporary residence while parked on a street within Town. Bylaw 2021-09 Section 5.20
- Vehicles may not be parked in alleyways except while actively loading or unloading goods or passengers from the vehicle. Bylaw 2021-09 Section 5.21
The existing rules were intended to mitigate the potential impacts of RV parking on properties and neighborhoods.
A limited term for front area parking allows for reasonable use and limits the negative impact of RVs’ weight, length and height. Negative impacts can be split into two main categories:
The following are known impacts from allowing RV parking on residential front driveways and parking stalls:
Seasonal parking is a way for some large municipalities to support owners and residents of a community, with the condition that the RV is not unsightly (i.e. poor condition), encroaching on Town property, and is meeting other bylaw requirements.
Find out how you can do your part in embracing sustainability, with the kind of difference you make, by visiting our Embrace Sustainability page.
Find out what Diamond Valley is doing to promote sustainability by visiting out Promote Sustainability page.
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 when you make your payment. You can also call the office 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 Diamond Valley 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: