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Multi-family recycling requirements


Since Feb. 1, 2016, all multi-family buildings must have recycling for residents. This includes condos, apartments, townhouses or any building with five or more units.

As of Nov. 1, 2017, multi-family buildings are also required to divert food and yard waste. To learn more, please visit food and yard waste bylaw requirements.

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

Recycling program requirements

Below are the three things building owners and managers must decide when setting up a recycling program. For more details, see ourrecycling building owner and manager guide.

Are you looking to create a recycling program for your building? We have lots of tools to help, including posters and letter templates on our tools and resources page. You can also check our program tips page for suggestions to help promote recycling in your complex.

If your building does not have recycling, fill out an online service request or call 311.

1. Who will collect your recyclables

You can hire a recycling collection company the same way you hire a garbage hauler, landscaper or other service provider. You have the flexibility to find a company that best meets your needs and the freedom to manage the contract as you see fit. Green Calgary has a list of recycling collection companies that service multi-family complexes.

You can also take your building's recyclables to a recycling facility or to a community recycling depot if you or one of your residents hauls the materials. For this option, it is the responsibility of the building owner or manager to make sure material is collected and recycled.

Please note: Professional recyclers and haulers are not allowed to use the community recycling depots per theWaste & Recycling Bylaw.

2. What materials you accept

Your program must accept the following materials:

Mixed paper


Cardboard Boxes
Cereal Boxes


Glass Jars

Glass jars and bottles

Food cans

Food cans and foil

Milk jugs
Soda cans

Refundable beverage containers

Detergent Bottle
Plastic shells

Plastic containers with the recycling symbols 1-7, except polystyrene foam

Hazardous Materials Can't Be Recycled

Plastic bags

Plastic bags

Tetra Pak Soup Box
Tetra Pak

Juice and soup boxes (such as Tetra PaksTM)

3. Where and how to store your recyclables

You will need to find an on-site location to store your recyclables. This location should be easy to find and use, and have enough containers to hold all the materials.

Even if you don't have extra space where your garbage is stored, there are other solutions that can work for you. We recommend speaking to a recycling collection company who can help you find a suitable storage location.​​​​​​​