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Multi-family recycling for private haulers

As the primary service provider for multi-family recycling, you have an important role to play in helping buildings like apartments and condominiums set up recycling programs that will be bylaw compliant.

In fall of 2016, Council will consider a bylaw change that will require multi-family complexes to divert food and yard waste, through composting and/or other means. If approved, the bylaw could take effect in late 2017.

Similar to multi-family recycling, The City is proposing the requirements for food and yard waste diversion. Building owners and managers will have the flexibility and choice to seek out a food and yard waste service provider and decide the best way to offer and manage the service.

Green Calgary maintains a directory of specialty recyclers that provide organics collection. There is no charge to be listed in the directory. If you would like to be included, please email Green Calgary or call 403-230-1443.

What does the bylaw require?

In general terms, the bylaw requires all multi-family complexes to provide on-site storage for recyclables and to:

  • Have enough container storage to hold all of the complex's recyclables between collection days
  • Accept at least the same materials as Blue Carts, as noted in Schedule C of theWaste & Recycling Bylaw
    (Please Note: there is no requirement for materials to be prepared/stored in the same way as blue carts)
  • Arrange to have the material recycled

All multi-family complexes are different, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The bylaw is deliberately written to give choice and flexibility about how the recycling is stored and collected. Each complex will be able to choose:

  • Whether they work with a private recycler or take the material to a recycling facility or Community Recycling Depot themselves (suitable for smaller complexes)
  • Which private recycling company to hire, and to negotiate contract terms
  • Where their recycling is stored
  • How often their recycling is collected

Frequently asked questions for private recyclers

Can we use Community Recycling Depots?

No. The bylaw prohibits private recyclers from leaving material at Community Recycling Depots. This provision started January 1, 2015. The multi-family recycling strategy is a private sector solution and The City is striving to ensure that the services we provide will create an equal, fair and consistent opportunity for all private recyclers.

Access to the Cascades Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)

The City does not control access to the material recovery facility as Cascades Recovery Inc. independently owns and operates the Calgary MRF. At this time, The City is not facilitating material processing for multi-family recycling, so the private industry has an opportunity to grow to meet processing demands.

As with other processing facilities, private recyclers may negotiate access to the MRF directly with Cascades.

Can we use the Shepard Multi-family Drop-off location?

Waste & Recycling Services accepts manually unloaded co-mingled multi-family recycling material from private recyclers at the multi-family drop-off located at the Shepard Landfill. This is an interim solution to assist the transition to a private industry. If you are interested in this service, contact 311.