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Multi-family waste diversion resources

Our multi-family waste diversion tools and resources are here to help you create a food and yard waste program and recycling program for your apartment, condo or townhome.

Building owners or managers have the flexibility to choose a food and yard waste service provider and decide the best way to manage the service.

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If you have questions about a food and yard waste or recycling program in your building, we can help. Fill out the online request below or contact 311 and we can discuss how we can help.

Multi-family Recycling Inquiry​​​

Program requirements

Multi-family complexes are now required to separate food and yard waste from garbage for composting or another means of diversion. To learn more, please visit our Food and Yard Waste Bylaw Requirements.

All multi-family buildings must also provide recycling for residents. See our Multi-family Recycling Bylaw Requirements.

Is your building a multi-family complex?

We define multi-family complexes as five or more units on the same parcel of land. This includes high-rise and low-rise apartments, townhouses, condos, mobile home parks, housing co-operatives and housing developments on private roads.

Looking for a collection company?

Need to find a food and yard waste or recycling collection company? Check out the Green Calgary's directories for recycling haulers or organics collection companies.

If you're a recycling or food and yard waste collection company, check out ourWaste Diversion Guide specifically for you.

If you already have City of Calgary service or are interested in our services, see Calgary Multi-family Waste Collection Services​.

Program tips

Learn whether your current waste and recycling pickup service is suitable for your complex's needs and make sure your bins are the right size and collected at the right frequency. See ourRight-Sizing Tip Sheet.

Looking for ways to promote waste diversion in your building? See our list of tips to encourage the proper use of bins and prevent contamination issues. See our Multi-family Program Tips.

Information Guides and Resources

These posters and templates can help you promote your waste diversion program. When working with your collection company, check to see if they have additional tools and resources you can use.

Food and Yard Waste Guide for Building Owners and Managers

Recycling and Composting Guide for Building Owners and Managers

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Acceptable Food and Yard Waste

Acceptable Materials
Food and Yard Waste Poster
Download (Punjabi)
Download (Chinese)

Acceptable Items for Multi-family Recycling

Acceptable Materials
Recycling Hi-res Poster
(23" x 40" inches)
Download (English)
Download (Punjabi)
Download (Chinese)

Quick reference guide

Quick reference guide

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Break Down
Cardboard Poster

Food and Yard Waste Program letter

Food & Yard Waste Program Letter
Word document

Recycling Program
Letter for Residents