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Business Recycling Bylaw

Bylaws require recycling by businesses and organizations

Calgary City Council approved changes to the Waste and Recycling Bylaw requiring all businesses and organizations in Calgary to recycle a specific list of materials as of November 1, 2016.

Under bylaw, your business or organization must provide adequate storage and containers for a specific list of recyclable materials. That list includes all of the items now accepted in the single-family residential recycling program plus materials specific to the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) sector such as scrap metal, clear plastic film (polyethylene) and wood. You will find the complete list of materials 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 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 recycling services.
  4. Decide where and how to store recyclables.


Waste Connections can help you establish a customized 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 recyclables?

Recyclable items must be collected and stored separately from your other waste.

Waste Connections can provide different options for storing recyclables. We can also provide in-office recycling bins (desk trays and central floor containers).

Roll Off

Roll Off Containers

20 - 40 cubic yards

Plastic Totes

Plastic Totes

32 - 95 gallons

Front Load Containers

Front Load Containers

3 - 8 cubic yards

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