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Waste diversion strategy for businesses and organizations


Calgary businesses and organizations produce one third of all the waste going to City landfills. Of this, 88 per cent isn't garbage. It includes paper, cardboard, food and other easily divertible materials.

The City spent two years working with industry stakeholders to develop a strategy to divert waste.

The stakeholders include recycling providers, building owners, industries, commercial establishments, institutions, haulers, environmental non-government organizations (eNGOs) and representatives from the Alberta government.

Together, they determined constraints to waste diversion, suggested possible actions, provided feedback on timelines and determined what role The City of Calgary should play.

Implementing the strategy - Highlights

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

Beginning October 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/t (tonne) for commercial loads that include materials on the disposal surcharge materials list.

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 and recyclable wood (untreated wood and pallets).

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

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, see the 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.

Implementing the strategy - Timeline