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Waste diversion for businesses - tools and resources

Our tools and resources are here to help businesses and organizations implement successful waste diversion programs.

As of Nov. 1 2017, businesses and organizations are required to separate food and yard waste from garbage for composting or another means of diversion. To learn more, please visit our food and yard waste bylaw requirements.

Getting started is easier than you think. Check out our step-by-step information guides and waste audit information to help you set up a waste diversion program or improve your existing program. Download and display posters around your business as useful reminders to reduce commercial waste.

Business Food and Yard Waste Resources
 

Acceptable Materials - Food & Yard Waste Poster

 

Food and Yard Waste Diversion Guide for Businesses and Organizations

 

Fats, Cooking Oils and Grease Poster

 
 

Food & Yard Waste Program Letter (English)

 
Business Recycling Resources

Acceptable items for recycling 

 

 

 

Business and Organization Recycling Guide for Building Owners and Managers

Find out how to comply with the recycling bylaw changes and implement a recycling program.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Recycling​ Program Letter (English)

We're here to help

Experienced City staff are available to talk to groups about the upcoming changes to business and organization recycling and composting. To schedule a presentation, please fill out a service request below or call 311.

Book a presentation

Conduct a waste audit

A waste audit is a great first step to help you figure out the amount and types of waste being generated by your organization. If you're a small business or organization, you can complete a waste audit yourself, and we have the tools to help you out.

To borrow a waste audit kit for your business or organization, fill out the request below or call 311

Request DIY Waste Audit Kit

After you have completed your audit, enter the results into this waste assessment workbook to find out how much waste your organization produces from each waste stream and what you can do to help reduce it.

If you're a larger facility or want some extra help conducting your audit, visit the Recycling Council of Alberta to view a list of consulting companies available.

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, check out the Green Calgary's directories for recycling haulers or organics collection companies.

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 calgary.ca/commercial or contact 311 for more details.

Check out the Finding the Right Hauler for You guide to help you find a collection company that meets your business's needs.

Learn whether your current waste and recycling pickup service is suitable for your business's needs Check out our Right Sizing Tip Sheet to ensure your bins are the right size and collected at the right frequency.

If you're a non-profit organization or a community association, check out our tips to help you set up a recycling program and reduce waste disposal costs.

Success stories

Many Calgary businesses and organizations are already recycling and composting their waste. We are capturing some of their stories to share ideas and inspiration.

  • Read how NOVA Chemicals, a leading producer of plastics and chemicals that make everyday life healthier, easier and safer, has championed multiple initiatives to implement and promote office waste diversion.
  • Learn how the Calgary Board of Education has made significant strides in reducing their waste and energy use, while at the same time incorporating sustainability principles into their school curriculum.
  • Learn how Momentum, a local community economic development organization, keeps sustainability at the core of what they do, and empowers staff and their participants to consider the environment in their decisions and actions.
  • Learn how Centennial Place, a downtown Calgary office tower owned and operated by Oxford Properties, launched a comprehensive recycling program in their building and how waste diversion is incorporated into the organization's culture at every level.
  • Read how London Drugs is leading in environmental sustainability in their sector, with their waste diversion rate reaching 92.8 per cent across all stores in 2016.
  • Read about SwizzleSticks SalonSpa, and see how it has diverted almost all of its waste by using a waste diversion service and making concerted choices to recycle, compost or reuse materials as part of its regular operations.
  • Mountain Equipment Co-op diverts a remarkable 98% of its waste from the landfill. Learn how it uses careful procurement, partners and staff engagement to make it happen.

A successful waste diversion program starts with an enthusiastic team. Check out the Building a Green Team guide to find out how to set up a green team for your business or organization.

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