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Food and yard waste bylaw for businesses and organizations

Below you will find details on the food and yard waste bylaw requirements for businesses and organizations starting Nov. 1, 2017. For an overview of other upcoming changes and how they'll impact your business, visit waste diversion strategy.

Nov. 1, 2017
Businesses and organizations required to divert food and yard waste

Council approved changes to the Waste and Recycling Bylaw requiring all businesses and organizations in Calgary to divert a specific list of food and yard waste materials starting Nov. 1, 2017.

Who's included?

Any business, company or organization that produces waste must comply with this bylaw:

  • Schools
  • Offices
  • Stores
  • Malls
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Manufacturers
  • Factories
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Community associations
  • Places of worship
  • Warehouses
  • Other operations

How to comply with the bylaw

To comply with this bylaw, businesses and organizations will need to do the following:

  • Collect and store food and yard waste separate from garbage or recyclables.
  • Make sure materials are taken for composting or diversion.
  • Post clear signs on collection containers showing what goes in each bin.
  • Provide information to tenants and employees about what can be collected, and how to prepare and sort materials.
  • Let tenants and employees know about these food and yard waste requirements on a yearly basis.
  • Let new tenants and employees know about these food and yard waste requirements when they move in or start working at your business.

What items must be diverted

Plate scrapings
Plate Scrapings
Meat, fish, shellfish and bones
Meat Fish Shellfish and Bones
Fruits and vegetables
Fruits and Vegetables
Bread, noodles, rice, beans and grains
Breads Noodles Rice Beans Grains
Eggshells and dairy products
Eggshells Dairy Products
Jams, sauces and salad dressings
James Sauces Dressings Oils
Pastries, cookies, cakes and muffins
Pastries Cookies Cakes Muffins
Nuts, seeds, chips, popcorn and candy
Nuts Seeds Chips Popcorn Candy
Paper plates, paper towels and napkins
Paper Plates Napkins
Coffee filters and tea bags
Coffee Filters Tea Bags
Cooking oil
Coooking oil
Plants and weeds
Plants Weeds
Branches and prunings
Branches and Prunings
Grass clippings and sod
Grass Clippings Sod

How will the bylaw be enforced?

If your business does not have a food and yard waste program in place after Nov. 1, 2017, our first step will be to work with you to help you become bylaw compliant. Property owner(s) could be subject to a fine if they fail to comply.

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 food and yard waste 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 or contact 311 for more 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.