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Ward 6 news: Multi-Family Recycling Strategy

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Waste & Recycling Services are exploring a Multi-Family Recycling Strategy in accordance with Council direction that dates back to 2007 and the City's goal to divert 80 per cent of waste from landfills by 2020.In March 2007, Council directed Administration to proceed with next steps in a Multi-FamilyRecyclingStrategy,including the development of a full cost of service strategy during 2012-14 and to report back to the SPC on Utilities and Corporate Services no later than February 2014.

The Multi-Family Residential Sector consists of many different types of structures, including town homes, condominiums and apartments. Most of these dwellings receive waste collection from the private sector, with some condos receiving City collection supported through the tax base.

The initial phase of strategy development was informed by a comprehensive stakeholder engagement program. Stakeholders included residents, dwelling owners, service providers, recycling markets and NGOs. The stakeholder engagement program resulted in several findings:

  • Differences of opinion about how to best provide service
  • Need for flexible service options
  • Need for adequate processing capacity identified as a challenge
  • City’s role in the strategy should be to facilitate and to provide oversight and education

A summary was also compiled of municipal multi-family recycling programs across North America.

The engagement and research phases resulted in three options that are now being explored:

  • Option 1: Bylaw mandating service
    • All multi-family buildings/complexes are required to provide recycling services for the same materials collected in the blue cart program
    • Each building/complex negotiates their own contract with a private service provide
  • Option 2: City coordinated? program with service provided by the private sector
    • Each dwelling unit pays a mandatory monthly charge
    • City contracts out service to private recycling companies
  • Option 3: City coordinated program with service provided by a mix of private and public sectors
    • Each dwelling unit pays a mandatory monthly charge
    • City arranges for service, either by providing it or by contracting it out to private recycling companies

These three options were presented for discussion at two open houses in April as well as an online discussion forum that was held from April 15-May 5, 2013. The feedback provided through the open houses and discussion forum, as well as that collected through 311 and our offices, will be consolidated and evaluated. Waste and Recycling Services will then hold a workshop on May 30 for industry stakeholders to receive their input.

The results of the engagement and research will be compiled into a report along with a recommended strategy for presentation to the SPC on U&CS no later than February 2014.


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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