With the recent and forthcoming changes in the Calgary Recycling Bylaws the question isn’t so much “What Can I Recycle?” as it is “What Goes Where?”. By the end of this year businesses, organizations, and multi-family residential buildings will be required to have three separate programs as part of their overall waste management strategy. Education is a crucial step for the success of any program. Here is what building residents, occupants, and employees need to know:

Mixed Recycling Calgary

Mixed Recycling

Paper & Cardboard

  • Cardboard Boxes
  • Paper Towel & Toilet Paper Tubes
  • Catalogs & Magazines
  • Newspapers & Flyers
  • Paper
  • Letters/Cards & Envelopes
  • Brochures
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Paper Bags
  • Shredded Paper (in a tied plastic bag)
  • Telephone Books
  • Paperback Books
  • Soup & Beverage Containers
  • Coffee Cups

Plastics

  • Jugs
  • Bottles
  • Food Containers & Lids (must be cleaned)
  • Grocery Bags
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Items With Recycling Symbol 1 –  7

Metal

  • Food Cans (clean)
  • Metal Lids
  • Aluminum Foil (clean)
  • Aluminum Plates & Containers (clean)

Glass

  • Clean Jars
  • Clean Bottles

Exclusions & Exceptions

  • Contaminated Items
  • Dirty Paper Plates
  • Items With Food Residue
  • Polystyrene Foam Products
  • Styrofoam Cups & Plates
  • Foam Packing Materials
  • Scrap Metal
  • Aluminum Siding
  • Car Parts
  • Electrical Wire
  • Pots & Pans
  • Shelving Racks
  • Coat Hangers
  • Pressurized Containers
  • Propane Tanks
  • Needles
  • Batteries
  • Chemicals
Organic Recycling Calgary

Organics Recycling

 Food Waste

  • Plate Scrapings
  • Dirty Paper Plates
  • Paper Towels & Napkins
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Bones
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Bread
  • Noodles
  • Grains
  • Cereal
  • Eggs & Eggshells
  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Other Dairy Products
  • Cookies
  • Pastries
  • Cakes
  • Muffins
  • Cooking Oil
  • Grease
  • Tea Bags
  • Coffee Grinds
  • Coffee Filters

 Plant Waste

  • Leaves
  • Stems
  • Flowers

Not Acceptible

  • *Yard Waste
  • *Weeds
  • *Branches
  • *Prunings
  • *Grass Clippings
  • *Sod
  • *Animal Feces
  • Baby Diapers
  • Animal Carcasses

*NOTE: These items are not collected with commercial organic waste and are often handled by grounds maintenance service providers to be disposed of separately.

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Garbage

Un-Recyclable Materials

  • Dirty Diapers
  • Animal Feces
  • Polystyrene Foam Products
  • Styrofoam Cups & Plates
  • Foam Packing Materials
  • Cereal Box Liners & Similar Plastic Bags
  • Unacceptable Metal Items
  • Contaminated Items

Not Acceptible

  • Loose Needles
  • Automotive Chemicals
  • Batteries
  • Cleaning Chemicals
  • Paint
  • Fluorescent Bulbs
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Pressurized Tanks
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Propane Tanks
Special Item Recycling Calgary

Special Items

Needles

Home injection needles can be disposed of with other garbage if they are in a puncture-resistant container. The City of Calgary also has a Needle Safety Program including public disposal boxes.

Household Hazardous Waste

Automotive chemicals, batteries, cleaning chemicals, paint, and fluorescent bulbs need to be disposed of properly at a designated City of Calgary drop-off site.

Pressurized Tanks

Aerosol cans, propane tanks, and anything else that may be pressurized can also be dropped off at the designated City of Calgary drop-off sites.

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Electronics Recycling

Household electronics can be disposed of with other garbage, but there are also programs in the city to help reduce this kind of waste.

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