Recycling bylaw for commercial waste
Since Nov. 1, 2016, businesses and organizations are required to recycle the same materials we do at home plus materials specific to commercial waste such as scrap metal, clear plastic film, and raw and unprocessed wood.
As of Nov. 1, 2017, you must separate food and yard waste from the garbage for composting or diversion. See our Food and Yard Waste Bylaw Requirements.
You must also provide signage on all collection containers and education to tenants at least once per year. See the Signage and Education Requirements.
Are you a business, company or organization?
This bylaw applies to all businesses and organizations, including property management companies, offices, stores, malls, restaurants, hotels, schools, healthcare facilities, manufacturers, factories, non-profits, places of worship, warehouses and other operations.
Find online tools, signs and posters, best practices and success stories to help you get started with your diversion programs. See Business Waste Program: Tools and Resources.
You can also subscribe to our waste diversion business newsletter to stay up to date with commercial waste program changes.
Looking for disposal options for business waste items? Find disposal options and instructions at Waste Disposal Options for Business.
How to comply with the recycling bylaw
To comply with this bylaw, businesses need to:
- Collect and store recyclables separately from the waste generated by your tenants, employees and/or customers.
- Ensure recyclables are taken to a recycling facility.
For more information, download ourGuide for Building Owners and Managers.
What items must be recycled?
*Commercial loads of garbage that contain 10 per cent or more of paper and cardboard, scrap metal and recyclable wood, and/or 20 per cent or more of food and yard waste will be subject to the Designated Materials Rate at City landfills.