Calgary businesses and organizations produce one third of all the waste going to City landfills. Of this, 88 per cent isn't garbage. It includes paper, cardboard, food and other easily divertible materials.
The City of Calgary spent two years working with industry stakeholders to develop a strategy to divert waste. The stakeholders included recycling providers, building owners, industries, commercial establishments, institutions, haulers, environmental non-government organizations (eNGOs) and representatives from the Alberta government.
Together, they determined constraints to waste diversion, suggested possible actions, provided feedback on timelines and determined what role The City of Calgary should play.
Upcoming changes and impacts
Food and yard waste bylaw recommendation brought to Council
Council will consider a proposed change to the Waste and Recycling Bylaw requiring businesses and organizations to separate food and yard waste. If approved, the bylaw could take effect in fall 2017.
November 1, 2016
Businesses and organizations required to recycle
A bylaw amendment comes into effect requiring all businesses and organizations in Calgary to recycle all of the materials we do at home, plus scrap metal, clear plastic film (polyethylene) and wood.
For more details, please view recycling requirements for business and organizations.
November 1, 2017*
Businesses and organizations required to divert food and yard waste
Businesses and organizations must separate food and yard waste for diversion. Diversion can include a variety of different measures such as supply management, donation opportunities, food rescue partnerships along with composting and anaerobic digestion.
The City's role will be focused on education, facilitation, enforcement and monitoring. The private sector will provide collection, hauling and processing.
* Implementation date and details are subject to Council approval.
October 1, 2018*
Paper and Cardboard ban
Effective Oct. 1, 2018 paper and cardboard materials will be banned from City of Calgary landfills. The ban applies to all commercial vehicle loads.
If banned material is discovered when the load is being dumped at the face of the landfill, the hauler will pay a higher charge for the entire load. The charge will be significantly more than the designated material rate that is already in place.
For more details, please see paper and cardboard landfill ban.
* The specific charge will be set in November 2017 and communicated in advance.
Increasing landfill fees for food and yard waste
Commercial vehicle loads containing any food and yard waste will be subject to a higher designated materials rate at City landfills to encourage food and yard waste diversion.
* The cost of the fee is subject to Council approval.
Food and yard waste ban
The City intends to ban food and yard waste from City landfills. Commercial loads of garbage containing food and yard waste will be subject to a financial penalty.
* Details and dates for the ban will be announced two years prior to implementation.
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What's in effect?
February 1, 2016
Higher landfill fees for paper and cardboard
To encourage recycling, commercial vehicle loads containing any paper and cardboard are subject to the Designated Materials Rate of $170 per tonne compared to $113 per tonne for garbage (based on 2016 rates).
Join the ICI Working Group
We're continuing to work with our industry stakeholders on the details of our waste diversion strategy. This includes the upcoming landfill bans and food and yard waste diversion implementation.
If you're interested in being involved in this working group, please subscribe here to receive future invitations and meeting minutes.