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Change for waste processors, recyclers and composters

Over the next few years, updates to landfill rates and bylaws will lead to major changes in how businesses and organizations manage recycling, and food and yard waste.

The changes are intended to increase diversion of paper and cardboard, other recyclables, and compostable material from the landfill.

Businesses and organizations required to recycle

On Nov. 1, 2016 businesses and organizations will be 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.

Businesses and organizations are free to hire the service provider of their choice and negotiate costs directly with them.

For full details regarding this change, please visit our Bylaw Requirements page.

Higher landfill fees for commercial loads containing paper and cardboard

Commercial loads of garbage that contain any paper and cardboard are subject to a higher disposal fee of $170 per tonne for designated materials at any City of Calgary landfill.

What other changes are planned for the future?

There are other pending changes as part of our Waste Diversion Strategy.

These changes include bylaw changes that will require businesses to separate food and yard waste, as well as landfill bans on paper and cardboard, and food and yard waste.

Where can I find more information?

If you are a recycler or composter, this could mean an increased demand for your services. The City will be working to spread the word about these changes to waste generators and haulers over the next several years.

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