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Ward 5 News: Multi-Family Recycling

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In February 2014, Council approved a strategy that will require  multi-family residential recycling to have on-site recycling service by 2016. The strategy requires an amendment to the Waste & Recycling bylaw, which Council will consider in September 2014.

The recommendation is for a City-mandated recycling service with private collection services. A City bylaw will mandate that a minimum level of service must be provided. The key elements proposed include:

  • On-site Recycling – Ensure that every building provides adequate recycling options on the premises to make recycling accessible and convenient.
  • Program Materials – Multi-family recycling must include the same materials as the current Blue Cart program to bring equity to all citizens.
  • Adequate Storage – Adequate storage must be provided to allow residents to use the program and not be limited by the size of containers or bins.

We will introduce a bylaw that will mandate recycling service be provided to all multi-family residences. The bylaw will include a minimum level of service that will include the same materials accepted in the Blue Cart program. The City will also create awareness of the multi-family recycling bylaw through promotional and educational campaigns.

The City’s role will be education, promotion, ongoing monitoring, stakeholder engagement and enforcement. Costs are estimated to be $350,000 annually and will be built into the 2015-2018 business plan and budget.

Mandating recycling service in the multi-family sector will drive competition in the recycling service industry. Residents, along with building owners and managers will be free to negotiate costs with a private recycling provider of their choice. The City will not set nor collect any fees.

There are 163,000 multi-family households, which represents more than one-third of all households in Calgary. Complexes of five or more units are classified as multi-family residences.

Community recycling depots will remain in place but The City will monitor their usage. With the introduction of recycling service for multi-family residents, overall demand for depots is expected to decrease. The City may make adjustments to the depot program as necessary.

Once the bylaw is approved, an effective date of 2016 will be recommended to allow a 12-18 month phase-in period to give building owners sufficient time to implement the service for residents. During this time, The City will work with recycling service providers, building owners, managers and residents to build awareness and understanding of the bylaw. After the phase-in period has passed, The City will address reports of non-compliance on a case-by-case basis. This will include following up with multi-family residential complex owners, management and residents to address issues and ensure the bylaw standards are met.

This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.

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