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Multi-family waste diversion in Calgary

As of November 1, 2017, multi-family complexes like apartments, condos and townhomes must separate food and yard waste from their garbage for composting or diversion.

All multi-family complexes are different, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

Similar to our Multi-family Recycling Requirements, building owners and managers have the flexibility to decide the best way to offer and manage this service.


My building does not have a food and yard waste program

If you do not have a food and yard waste program ask your building owner or manager to set up a program.

If you have contacted your building owner or manager, but a program still has not been provided for your apartment or condo, please contact us by filling out our online service request or contact 311.

I do not have a multi-family food and yard waste program:

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Resources for building owners and managers

As of November 1, 2017, multi-family complexes such as apartments, condos and townhomes must separate food and yard waste from garbage for composting.

As a building owner or manager, you have the flexibility to seek out a food and yard waste service provider and decide the best way to offer and manage the service for your residents.

Part of your flexibility when choosing a program includes:

  • How food and yard waste will be collected
  • How and where food and yard waste is stored
  • How often food and yard waste is collected

Program overview

Find out if your property is considered multi-family complex and what rules you must follow to set up a waste program.

Program resources

See how to right-size your program for your space as well as find other tips and tools to help you set up a program.

Visit Multi-family Waste Diversion Resources.

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About multi-family recycling and composting

Multi-family complexes vary in size and layout, and need flexibility to find the solution that works best.

What are the program requirements?

For more details about what's required for multi-family recycling and food and yard waste collection, please see the following pages:

Why do we need these programs?

Most of what goes into the garbage is actually recyclable or compostable. Diverting recycling and food and yard waste from the landfill saves resources by giving these materials a second life.

When food and yard waste is buried in the landfill it doesn’t break down or turn into soil or anything useful. It ends up creating harmful emissions like methane (a powerful greenhouse gas) and leachate (a toxic liquid that needs to be treated).

By having a food and yard waste program you keep this material out of the landfill and turn it into high quality compost instead..

To learn more, see our Too Good to Waste Video.

By recycling and composting, we conserve resources by putting them back to productive use. If we don't recycle, we fill up valuable landfill space with materials that could have been given a second life.

Landfills are expensive to operate and when they fill up, it can be hard to get approval to open new ones. By recycling and composting, we can save a generation's worth of landfill space.