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Paper and cardboard landfill ban

Effective Oct. 1, 2018, paper and cardboard materials will be banned from City of Calgary landfills. This ban applies to all commercial vehicle loads.

The ban is an integral part of the City of Calgary's Waste Diversion Strategy to make sure this material is recycled and not buried in the landfill.

The ban is part of a series of changes between now and 2020 that affect what businesses and organizations do with waste.

What materials are included in the ban?

  • Newspaper
  • Catalogues and magazines
  • Mixed paper (including office paper)
  • Shredded paper
  • Telephone books
  • Boxboard
  • Corrugated cardboard

How does the ban work?

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 materials rate that is already in place. The specific charge will be set in November 2017 and communicated in advance.

If a hauler repeatedly fails to comply with the ban, enforcement measures may escalate up to and including no longer accepting that hauler's waste.

Next steps

Please talk to your customers about separating paper and cardboard from their garbage so these materials can be recyled instead. Thank you for your help keeping recyclable material out of the landfill.