Landfill Operations Basics

  1. PENDING - Calgary, AB


    ***We are not currently accepting registrations since this course may have to be rescheduled. Please email if you are interested in taking this course and we'll keep you updated on its status.***

    The course will begin at 8:00 am and will go until approximately 4:30 pm each day. Lunch and beverages will be provided.

    Held at the East Calgary Landfill (3050 – 68 Street SE, Calgary – NOTE: if you get to the landfill scalehouse, you’ve gone too far!)


    Tammi Nygaard

    Exam Date

    $550 + GST for SWANA Members **
    $600 + GST for Non-Members
    **please note, SWANA memberships are individual. In order to qualify for the discounted rate the membership number supplied must be in the name of the registrant.

    If you plan to write the Alberta LOC exam on November 5, 2020 please select the exam add-on on the registration page and ensure you submit the exam application form (see link below) prior to the application deadline of October 9, 2020

Increase your understanding of landfill operations with this introductory course. This course provides scalehouse operators, equipment operators, spotters, laborers and other key landfill employees with an overview of landfill operations, how they relate to one another and basic health and safety issues.

(2 days; optional written Alberta or Manitoba Landfill Operator Certification exam available)
Manitoba Sustainable Development has advised that the exam is available only to employees of landfills on provincial land. If the landfill that you work at is on federal land (ie. a First Nation Reserve) then, unfortunately, you are not eligible to write the exam. The course itself is open to anyone interested.

Earn 20 SWANA CEU’s and/or 1.2 CEU’s towards your Alberta Landfill Operator Certification

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will understand:

  • The role of the sanitary landfills as a component of an integrated solid waste management system
  • Key functions and associated processes within landfill operations
  • The basics of landfill gas and leachate management and groundwater monitoring
  • Essentials of equipment selection, cell construction and litter management
  • The fundamentals of accident prevention

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for landfill owners, operators, managers, supervisors/foremen, scalehouse operators, equipment operators, spotters, laborers and other employees responsible for daily landfill operation.  as well as for those who intend to write the Alberta Landfill Operator Certification Exam.


If you would like to write the Alberta or Manitoba Landfill Operators Certification exam immediately following a course, you must fill out an application to write the exam (the exam requires a separate application form and documentation). All applications must be received by the SWANA office no later than 4 weeks prior to the exam date. Click on the button below to find more information, and application forms for your province.

Alberta Certification Details   Manitoba Certification Details

Course Content

The course manual is Landfill Operations Basics. This manual details the following topics with supplemental images, graphs and examples for participants to discuss and serves as an on-the-job reference resource.

  • The Sanitary Landfill in Integrated Solid
    Waste Management
  • Gate Attendant & Scalehouse Operations
  • Spotting and Waste Screening
  • Equipment Selection and Maintenance
  • Cell Construction and Compaction
  • Litter Control
  • Alberta (or Manitoba or Saskatchewan, as applicable)
    Regulatory Framework
  • Landfill Safety
  • Hard-to-Handle Wastes
  • Special Wastes
  • Nuisance and Health Issues
  • Landfill Gas Generation and Management
  • Leachate Production and Management
  • Groundwater Monitoring