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Recycling bylaw for businesses and organizations

Since Nov. 1, 2016, businesses and organizations are required to recycle the same materials we do at home plus materials specific to commercial waste such as scrap metal, clear plastic film, and raw and unprocessed wood.

You are also now required to provide signage on all collection containers and education to tenants at least once per year. See the signage and education requirements.

This bylaw applies to all businesses and organizations, including property management companies, offices, stores, malls, restaurants, hotels, schools, healthcare facilities, manufacturers, factories, non-profits, places of worship, warehouses and other operations.

How to comply with the recycling bylaw

To comply with this bylaw, businesses​ need to:

  • Collect and store recyclables separately from the waste generated by your tenants, employees and/or customers.
  • Ensure recyclables are taken to a recycling facility.

For more information, download our Business and Organization Recycling Guide for Building Owners and Managers.

What items must be recycled?


Hazardous Materials Can't Be Recycled 

Newspaper


Hazardous Materials Can't Be Recycled 

Catalogues and magazines


Hazardous Materials Can't Be Recycled 

Mixed paper


Hazardous Materials Can't Be Recycled 

Shredded paper


Hazardous Materials Can't Be Recycled 

Telephone books


Hazardous Materials Can't Be Recycled 
Hazardous Materials Can't Be Recycled 

Boxboard and corrugated cardboard


Hazardous Materials Can't Be Recycled 
Hazardous Materials Can't Be Recycled 

Glass jars and bottles


Hazardous Materials Can't Be Recycled 
Hazardous Materials Can't Be Recycled 

Food cans and foil


Hazardous Materials Can't Be Recycled 
Hazardous Materials Can't Be Recycled 

Refundable beverage containers


Hazardous Materials Can't Be Recycled 
Hazardous Materials Can't Be Recycled 

Plastic containers with the recycling symbols 1-7, except polystyrene foam


Hazardous Materials Can't Be Recycled

Includes plastic bags


Hazardous Materials Can't Be Recycled 
Hazardous Materials Can't Be Recycled 

Juice and soup boxes (such as Tetra PaksTM


Hazardous Materials Can't Be Recycled 

Scrap metal

  • Wires and cables
  • Fixtures and fittings
  • Sheeting
  • Automotive parts
  • Metal plumbing and racks

It does not include galvanized metal, rebar or coat hangers


Hazardous Materials Can't Be Recycled 
Hazardous Materials Can't Be Recycled 

Wood

  • Dimensional lumber
  • Wooden pallets

Other items made of raw and unprocessed wood

It does not include pressure treated wood, chemically treated wood, plywood, particle board, medium density fibreboard (MDF) or oriented strand board (OSB), furniture, finished or painted wood and tree stumps


Hazardous Materials Can't Be Recycled 
Hazardous Materials Can't Be Recycled 

Clear plastic film (polyethylene)

  • Film wrap
  • Shrink wrap
  • Stretch wrap

Plastics such as LDPE, LLDPE, HDPE and POF

It does not include cellophane.


* Commercial loads of garbage that contain any paper and cardboard, scrap metal and recyclable wood will be subject to the Designated Materials Rate at City landfills.

How the bylaw will be enforced

If your business does not have a recycling program in place after Nov. 1, 2016, our first step will be to work with you to help you become bylaw compliant. If there is still no compliance, the building owner will be subject to a fine.

Find a collection company

In Calgary, businesses and organizations receive waste and recycling collection from both private collection companies and contracted City trucks.

For private collection options, a comprehensive list of local recycling haulers is available at Green Calgary.

If you already have City of Calgary service or are interested in learning more about The City's commercial waste, recycling and composting services, visit calgary.ca/commercial or contact 311 for details.

How to get started: Tools and resources are available

Our Education and Resources page has tools to help you get started, including how-to guides, free signage, a do-it yourself waste audit kit and other opportunities for assistance.​​​​