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Waste diversion changes for businesses and organizations


Are you a commercial business, company or organization that produces waste?

This includes property management, offices, stores, malls, restaurants, hotels, schools, healthcare facilities, manufacturers, factories, non-profits, places of worship, warehouses and other operations.

Calgary’scommercial waste diversion strategy and bylaws require you to have diversion programs in place for waste materials created by your operations, customers, members, employees, volunteers, etc.

At a high level, organizations are required to do the following:

  • Separate food and yard waste from garbage for composting or other diversion methods. For full details, see food and yard waste requirements.
  • Recycle the same materials we do at home, plus materials such as scrap metal, clear plastic film, raw and unprocessed wood, and more. For full details, see recycling requirements.

Upcoming changes

October 1, 2018
Food and yard waste added to Disposal Surcharge Program at City landfills

Beginning Oct. 1, 2018 food and yard waste will be included on the list of materials subject to the disposal surcharge rate at City landfills.

The disposal surcharge rate for 2018 and 2019 is $180 per tonne for commercial loads that include materials on the disposal surcharge materials list.

Businesses and organizations are encouraged to avoid the surcharge on your invoice by providing programs that divert materials for composting and recycling.

Items on the disposal surcharge materials list should not be mixed with garbage or brought to City landfills. City landfills offer limited recycling options for some materials such as drywall, asphalt shingles and recyclable wood (untreated wood and pallets).

We encourage businesses and organizations to access our business waste resources for private recycling or composting options.

What other changes are in effect?

November 1, 2017
Businesses and organizations required to divert food and yard waste

A bylaw amendment is now in effect that requires businesses and organizations to separate food and yard waste for diversion.

Diversion can include a variety of different measures such as composting, supply management, donation opportunities or anaerobic digestion.

The City will provide education and resources to help businesses get started. Businesses can choose the food and yard waste collection company that best suits their needs and decide how to manage the service.

For more details, please view food and yard waste requirements.

November 1, 2016
Businesses and organizations required to recycle

Businesses and organizations in Calgary are required to recycle the same materials we do at home, plus scrap metal, clear plastic film (polyethylene) and wood.

For more details, please view recycling requirements.

February 1, 2016
Higher landfill fees for paper and cardboard

Commercial loads containing paper and cardboard are subject to the Disposal Surcharge Rate of $170 per tonne compared to $113 per tonne for garbage (based on 2017 rates).

Where can I find more information?

Get tools and resources

Let us help you prepare. We offer how-to guides, online tools, free signs and best practices on our Education and Resources page to help you get your recycling or food and yard waste program started or improve your efforts.

Find a collection company

In Calgary, businesses and organizations receive waste and recycling collection from both private collection companies and contracted City trucks.

For private collection options, check out the Green Calgary's directories for recycling haulers or organics collection companies.

If you already have City of Calgary service or are interested in learning more about The City's commercial waste, recycling, and composting services, visit Calgary Commercial Waste Collection Services or contact 311 for more details

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