The Town of Nanton has operated a yard waste program for some years in this location without imposing user fees. Information on that operation can be found here: Yard Compost Collection | Nanton, AB - Official Website
The Town has opted not to impose user fees at the point of deposit in order to keep the operation more sustainable as an unmanned ‘drop-off’ service. This, of course, leads to an unquantifiable amount of material being deposited from outside of Town. There are no subsidies from any nearby Counties or Municipal Districts that support this service.
As the facility has not been tightly manned or charged user fees in the past, the volumes of material are not possible to quantify, but an experienced contractor may be able to make a visual estimate on a cubic metres basis. No viable composting program has emerged at the local level and there are concerns for an approach like that when shrubs and trees can carry diseases like black rot/ knot. There is sufficient room at the site for permitted burning or larger scale composting, but issues with smoke and scale make such possibilities challenging.
The Town owns a commercial chipper (Wallenstein Model: BXTR6438 – up to 7” stems) but does not have the staff capacity to address the backlog or man it for the time required annually.