Everything You Need To Know

The City of Calgary will require businesses, organizations, and multi-family residential buildings to divert all of their food and yard waste as of November 1, 2017. This is better known as Organics Recycling. Find out who is affected, what is required, and how to have a successful program.

Who Is Affected?

Hospital Recycling


School Recycling


Office Recycling


Store Recycling


Restaurant Recycling


Hotel Recycling


Manufacturer Recycling

Manufacturers & Factories

Warehouse Recycling


Church Recycling

Places Of Worship

Community Association Recycling

Community Associations

Apartment Recycling

Apartment Buildings

Condominium Recycling


Calgary Recycling Bylaws

          City Bylaw Requirements:

  • Collect and store food and yard waste separate from garbage
  • Ensure that food and yard waste is taken for composting or to an appropriate location
  • Inform everyone within your organization of the program and how to comply
  • Label each container or bin with the appropriate description
  • Issue annual reminders to everyone within your organization

What Counts As “Food And Yard Waste”?

Food Scrapings
  • Plate Scrapings
  • Paper Plates
  • Towels & Napkins
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Bones
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Bread
  • Noodles
  • Grains
  • Eggs
  • Egg Shells
  • Dairy Products
  • Cookies
  • Pastries
  • Cakes
  • Muffins
  • Cooking Oil
  • Grease
Tea Bag
  • Tea Bags
  • Coffee Filters
  • Leaves
  • Plants
  • Weeds
  • Branches
  • Prunings
  • Grass Clippings
  • Sod

NOTE: Not all programs accept specialty items such as leaves, plant waste, branches, prunings, grass clippings, sod, and pet waste. These are sometimes handled by grounds maintenance service providers.

Bylaw Enforcement

If your business or organization does not have an organics program in place by November 1, 2017 the City will take the first step of working with you to help you become bylaw compliant. Continued non-compliance could result in a fine to property owners.

Calgary Bylaw Officer

Getting Started

With the organics recycling bylaw in effect businesses and organizations will be required to collect and store waste in three separate containers: Garbage, Mixed Recycling, and Organics. Instead of juggling three separate programs or trying to manage aspects of these programs “in-house” it is possible to have one waste management program with a qualified provider. We OBVIOUSLY would like to be that provider for you. All it takes is three special steps:

  1. The first step is determining waste volume in each area.

  2. The second step is designing a program that works for your building and organization.

  3. The third step is providing education and resources for everyone within the organization.

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