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Multi-family food and yard waste for residents

Starting Nov. 1, 2017 multi-family buildings like apartments and condos must separate food and yard waste from regular garbage for composting and diversion.

Similar to our multi-family recycling requirements, your building owner or manager will be responsible for setting up a food and yard waste diversion program.

Your building owner or manager has to do the following:

  • Provide on-site storage of food and yard waste.

  • Make sure there are enough containers to hold food and yard waste between collection days.

  • Accept all food (raw and cooked):
    • Plate scrapings
    • Eggshells and dairy products
    • Meat, fish, shellfish and bones
    • Jams, sauces, salad dressing and cooking oil
    • Fruits and vegetables
    • Pastries, cookies, cakes and muffins
    • Bread, noodles, rice, bean and grains
    • Nuts, seeds, chips, popcorn and candy
    • Coffee filters and tea bags
  • Accept yard waste:
    • Leaves
    • Branches and prunings
    • Plants and weeds
    • Grass clippings
  • Arrange for food and yard waste to be collected for composting and diversion.

My building doesn't have a food and yard waste program. What can I do?

It may take some time to get food and yard waste collection into all multi-family buildings. Complexes will have until Nov. 1, 2017. You can help by asking your building owner or manager if they are aware of the new bylaw and their role.

If your building still doesn't have a program after Nov. 1, 2017, please contact us by filling out the online request below or by calling 311. We will inform the building owner or manger of their responsibility to provide food and waste diversion as required.

Multi-family Food and Yard Waste Inquiry

Why is it the building owner or manager's responsibility?

Multi-family complexes vary in size and layout, and need flexibility to find the solution that works best. Your building owner or manager can select the food and yard waste option that will work best for your complex.

How does food and yard waste diversion work in my building?

Similar to multi-family recycling, food and yard waste diversion programs vary depending on the amount of space you have for storage and who is collecting materials.

If you have questions, ask your building owner or manager about how your food and yard waste diversion program works.

How much does this cost?

There is a cost to collect and process food and yard waste, which will vary between collection companies. Your building owner or manager will be responsible for choosing the food and yard waste diversion method and negotiating contracts.

Why isn't this program funded through property taxes?

Recycling collection and food and yard waste collection in Calgary is not tax-supported for either single 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.​​​​