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Ward 8 News: Multi-Family Recycling

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In just under a year it will be mandatory for all multi-family complexes in Calgary to offer on-site recycling of certain material. This new requirement will help improve our city’s waste management process and reduce the amount of recyclable material that is sent to the landfill. It’s an important step in making Calgary a leader in smart growth and sustainability.



By February 1, 2016, all multi-family complexes will have to:


- Offer on-site recycling storage.

- Make sure there are enough containers to hold all the recycling in the complex between collection days.

- Accept at least the same material as blue carts (i.e. paper and cardboard, glass bottles and jars, food cans and foil and plastic bags and containers).

- Arrange to have the material removed and recycled.


Because there are so many different types of multi-family buildings, flexibility and choice are core principles of the bylaw change. Each complex can decide how and where to store recycling, and whether to hire a company to recycle or do it themselves. The City will not provide collection, but will support this initiative through education, communication and by monitoring compliance.




Information for building residents, building owners and managers, and private recyclers is now available at Also, there will be an information and networking session about multi-family recycling at Fort Calgary on April 8 at 6pm. Register here.


How’s It Going?


I want to hear from you about how this transition to multi-family on-site recycling is going: are there hiccups along the way? Has the City communicated this change in regulations clearly and effectively? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with my office.


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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