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Multi-family food and yard waste for owners and managers

As of Nov. 1, 2017 multi-family buildings like apartments and condos must separate food and yard waste from regular garbage for composting or diversion. See the food and yard waste bylaw requirements.

As a building owner or manager, you have the flexibility to seek out a food and yard waste service provider and decide the best way to offer and manage the service for your residents.

You are also now required to provide signage on collection containers and education to residents at least once per year. See the signage and education requirements

Since Feb. 1, 2016, all multi-family buildings must have on-site recycling for residents. See the multi-family recycling requirements.

Is your building a multi-family complex?

We define multi-family complexes as five or more units on the same parcel of land.

This includes high-rise and low-rise apartments, townhouses, condos, mobile home parks, housing co-operatives and housing developments on private roads.

Flexibility and choice

The bylaw is designed to give you choice and flexibility about how food and yard waste is stored and collected. You are able to choose the following:

  • How your food and yard waste will be collected
  • Where and how your food and yard waste is stored
  • How often your food and yard waste is collected

How will this be enforced?

The City believes in an education-first approach to bylaw enforcement. We will strive to provide information about the bylaw requirements so a recycling and/or food and yard waste diversion opportunity is offered to multi-family residents. If further steps are not taken, building owners could be subject to a fine.

Why isn't multi-family recycling or food and yard waste covered by property taxes?

Recycling collection and food and yard waste collection in Calgary is not tax-supported for either single-family or multi-family homes.

The Blue Cart recycling program and Green Cart composting program are funded through user fees. Food and yard waste diversion programs set up by multi-family complexes will be funded by the fees paid to service providers.

How do I get more information?

The multi-family food and yard waste tools and resources page has lots of tools to help, including posters and letter templates, and details about upcoming information sessions and other opportunities for assistance. You can also check our program tips page to help promote the food and yard waste program in your complex.

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Where can I purchase kitchen catchers, countertop pails or totes for residents to store food and yard waste in their unit?

We recommend asking your collection company as they may have pails available. It may be an additional fee. If pails are not available from your collection company, you can purchase them from office supply stores or hardware stores, through your building's custodial service or directly from kitchen pail manufacturers.

Other questions or feedback

If you have concerns about food and yard waste or recycling in your building, we can help. Fill out the online request below or contact 311 and a Waste & Recycling Services representative will talk to you about your concerns and the assistance we can provide.

Multi-family Food and Waste Inquiry​​​​​