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Multi-family recycling for residents

As of Feb. 1, 2016 multi-family buildings like apartments and condos must provide on-site recycling for residents. Your building's owner or manager is responsible for setting up a recycling program.

Your building owner or manager has to do the following:

  • Offer recycling storage at your complex in addition to garbage storage
  • Make sure there are enough containers to hold all the recycling at your complex
  • Accept at least the same materials as blue carts:
    • Paper: Newspaper, catalogues and magazines, mixed paper (like flyers, envelopes and office paper), shredded paper, telephone books
    • Boxboard and corrugated cardboard
    • Glass jars and bottles
    • Food cans and foil
    • Refundable beverage containers
    • Plastic containers with the recycling symbols 1-7, except polystyrene foam
    • Plastic bags
    • Juice boxes and soup boxes (such as TetraPaksTM)
  • Arrange to have the materials removed for recycling

Food and yard waste diversion for multi-family complexes

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 will set the requirements for food and yard waste diversion. It will be up to your building owner or manager to provide and manage the service – talk to them about food and yard waste diversion options in your complex.

My building still doesn't have recycling. What can I do?

If your building does not have recycling, you can get in touch with The City by filling out the online request below or contacting 311. The City will inform the building owner or manager of their responsibility to provide onsite recycling and follow up as required

Multi-family Inquiry

How much does this cost?

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

Your building owner or manager may take the recycling to a Community Recycling Depot, but this must be coordinated for the entire complex. Community Recycling Depots are currently available to residents but the number of depots may be reduced depending on changes in use.

How does recycling work in my building?

Recycling programs vary depending on the amount of space you have for storage and who is collecting materials. Some private recyclers let you mix all the materials in one bin, and some ask residents to sort their recycling into separate bins. If you have questions, ask your building's owner or manager about how your recycling program works.

Why isn't multi-family recycling funded through property taxes?

Recycling collection in Calgary is not tax-supported for either single or multi-family homes. Blue Cart recycling is funded entirely through user fees, and recycling programs set up by multi-family complexes will be funded by the fees paid to service providers.