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
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
Also, there will be an information and networking session about multi-family
recycling at Fort Calgary on April 8 at
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.
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