Below you will find details on the recycling bylaw requirements for commercial waste starting Nov. 1, 2016. To see an overview of other changes and how they'll impact your type of business, visit waste diversion for businesses and organizations. To learn more about other upcoming changes and bylaw requirements, visit waste diversion strategy.
Nov. 1, 2016
Businesses and organizations required to recycle
Council approved changes to the Waste and Recycling Bylaw requiring all businesses and organizations in Calgary to recycle a specific list of materials starting Nov. 1, 2016.
View the approved bylaw amendments.
Any business, company or organization that produces waste must comply with this bylaw. This includes:
- Non-profit organizations
- Community Associations
- Places of worship
- Other operations
How to comply with the bylaw
To comply with this bylaw, businesses will need to:
- Collect and store recyclables separately from the waste generated by your employees and 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?
Boxboard and corrugated cardboard
Refundable beverage containers
Plastic containers with the recycling symbols 1-7, except polystyrene foam
Includes plastic bags
Juice and soup boxes (such as Tetra PaksTM
- Wires and cables
- Fixtures and fittings
- Automotive parts
- Metal plumbing and racks
It does not include galvanized metal, rebar or coat hangers
- 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
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.
Will the City pick up our recycling?
Businesses and organizations are free to hire the service provider of their choice and negotiate costs directly with them. If you're looking for a private recycler, check out the Green Calgary Recycler listing.
While we anticipate the majority of businesses and organizations will be serviced by the private sector, The City of Calgary does offer limited commercial recycling services for the material included in the bylaw. Contact 311 for more information about the recycling services we offer and pricing.
How to get started: Tools and resources are available
Our Education and Resources page has tools to help, including free posters and templates, and details about upcoming information sessions and other opportunities for assistance.