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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.

Will the City pick up our food and yard waste?

Similar to recycling for businesses and organizations, The City sets the bylaw requirements for food and yard waste diversion. You have the flexibility and choice to seek out a food and yard waste collection company and decide the best way to offer and manage the service.

Green Calgary has a directory of service providers that offer food and yard waste (organics) collection. We're also here to help - if you have any questions about the upcoming changes, please contact 311.

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.