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Changes for commercial waste haulers and processors


Are you a business that collects, hauls or processes waste, recyclables or food and yard waste for other businesses or organizations in Calgary?

Stay informed about The City’s business waste diversion strategy and how it impacts the services you provide, such as:

  • Garbage, recycling and organics collection
  • Rubbish and junk pick-up
  • Dumpster and disposal bin rentals
  • Waste loading and salvaging
  • Waste processing, recycling or composting
  • Disposal surcharge materials hauling

Information about the responsibilities of collection companies is available in ourWaste Diversion Guide for Collection Companies.

We encourage you to work with your customers to put recycling and composting programs in place to divert disposal surcharge materials from the landfill and avoid disposal surcharge rates.

Please view our education and resources to help communicate with customers, employees or tenants.

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.

Commercial haulers and your customers are encouraged to avoid the surcharge 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).

Please note, effective January 1, 2019 and until further notice, this material will longer be accepted for recycling at a reduced rate, and the basic sanitary rate will be charged for asphalt shingles coming into the landfill. Shingles will also be suspended from the Disposal Surcharge materials list.

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

What's 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).

Stay up to date

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Promote your business

Green Calgary maintains directories for recycling haulers or organics collection companies. We will be referring business owners and property managers to this list.

There is no charge to be listed in the directory. If you would like to be included, please contact or call 403-230-1443.​​​​​