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Business Organics Bylaw

Bylaws require organic waste diversion by businesses and organizations

Calgary City Council approved changes to the Waste and Recycling Bylaw requiring all businesses and organizations in Calgary to divert a specific list of food and yard waste materials as of November 1, 2017.

Under the changes, your business or organization must provide adequate storage and containers for organic waste. These materials need to be collected and taken for composting or diversion. You must inform tenants and employees about what can be collected, and how to prepare and sort materials. You will find the complete list of items that must be diverted here. The bylaw includes fines for businesses and organizations that do not comply.

Nearly all of the garbage coming from businesses and organizations isn't garbage at all. It's items like paper and cardboard, and food that can be recycled or composted instead.

How do I get started?

When you set up your organics recycling program, there are four things you should keep in mind:

  1. Understand your business’s needs.
  2. Understand what materials your program must accept.
  3. Decide who will provide the organic waste collection services.
  4. Decide where and how to store food and yard waste.

Waste Connections can help you establish a customized organics recycling program or improve an existing one.

Contact us today to schedule your Free Waste Audit and see how easy it can be to participate.

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How to store organic waste?

Food and yard waste must be collected and stored separately from garbage or recyclables.

Waste Connections can provide different options for storing organic waste.

Roll Off Containers

Roll Off Containers

20 - 40 cubic yards

Plastic Totes

Plastic Totes

32 - 95 gallons



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