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Waste diversion for businesses - tools and resources

Between now and 2020, we will be developing waste reduction tools and resources to help businesses and organizations implement successful diversion programs.

These changes are part of our Waste Diversion Strategy to help divert waste from the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) sector.

Getting started

How-to guides

Business recycling is easier than you think. Check out our information guides for steps to help you get started or ideas on how to improve or expand your program.

Food and Yard Waste Diversion Guide for Businesses and Organizations - Coming Soon

Business and Organization Recycling Guide for Building Owners and Managers
Find out how to comply with the recycling bylaw changes and implement a successful recycling program.

Recycling for Community Associations and Not-for-Profit Organizations
Learn how your organization can get your recycling program up and running, options for handling recycling and tips for reducing waste disposal costs.

Finding the Right Hauler for You
This guide will walk you through finding a hauler that meets your business' needs.

Building a Green Team
A successful recycling program starts with an enthusiastic team. Use this guide to find out how to set up a green team for your business or organization.

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.

DIY waste audit kit

These kits are available to all businesses and organizations in Calgary and contain all the necessary materials to conduct a full-scale waste audit.

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

Request DIY Waste Audit Kit

DIY waste audit calculator

After you have completed your audit, enter the results into thiswaste 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 private recycling company

Need to find a private recycler? Check out the Green Calgary Recycler listing.

Access our library of recycling signs and recycling images

Download our recycling signs or make your own signs from our free library of recycling images. If you are working with a private recycler, check to see if they have material you should use instead.

Posters for your recycling area

Items Accepted High-Res Poster
23 by 40 inches, 11,560 KB

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Items Accepted Low-Res Poster
23 by 40 inches, 680 KB
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Items Not Accepted High-Res Poster
23 by 40 inches, 8,977 KB

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Items Not Accepted Low-Res Poster
23 by 40 inches, 680 KB
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Customizable Microsoft Word Templates
Multifamily Recycling Word Template Beverage Containers

Beverage Containers Template
8.5 by 11 inches, 4,301 KB

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Multifamily Recycling Word Template Glass Items

Glass Items Template
8.5 by 11 inches, 4,444 KB

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Multifamily Recycling Word Template Metal items

Metal Items Template
8.5 by 11 inches, 4,777 KB

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Multifamily Recycling Word Template Paper Cardboard Items

Paper and Cardboard Items Template
8.5 by 11 inches, 4,986 KB

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Multifamily Recycling Word Template Plastic Items

Plastic Items Template
8.5 by 11 inches, 5,193 KB

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Multifamily Recycling Word Template Plastic Items

Scrap Metal Items Template
8.5 by 11 inches, 356 KB

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Multifamily Recycling Word Template Plastic Items

Untreated Wood Items Template
8.5 by 11 inches, 381 KB

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Multifamily Recycling Word Template Plastic Items

Plastic Film Items Template
8.5 by 11 inches, 368 KB

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Browse our library of recycling images

Want to make your own signs or brochures? These images are free to use for non-commercial purposes (for more details, see our website terms of use). Download the images below from our gallery or access the full library of images.

Make sure your signs are clear and effective by following the best practices for creating your own recycling signage.

Photo Gallery - Unclassified

  • Juice boxes
  • Drink bottles
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Stacked cardboard boxes
  • Pizza boxes
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Glass jars
  • Metal jar lids
  • Milk cartons
  • Small milk cartons
  • Milk jugs
  • Office papers
  • Large paper bags
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic clamshell trays
  • Plastic detergent bottles
  • Plastic detergent jugs
  • Plastic detergent jugs
  • Plastic ice cream containers
  • Plastic juice jugs
  • Plastic lids
  • Plastic dairy containers
  • Shredded paper in clear plastic bags
  • Pop and juice cans
  • Tetra Paks
  • Tin cans
  • Crumpled tin foil
  • Tin pie plates
  • Untreated Wood
  • Phone books

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.

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 increased their diversion rate in 78 stores across western Canada from 72% in 2012 to 92%, with a goal of 95% by the end of 2015.

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.