Multifamily Recycling and Composting

Live in an apartment, condo or townhouse? It’s time to keep your food and yard waste out of the garbage. As of November 1, 2017, all multi-family complexes in Calgary are required to separate food and yard waste from the garbage for composting or diversion. Your building owner or manager is responsible for setting up a food and yard waste program in your complex – ask them how it works.

Businesses and organizations are also now required to separate food and yard waste from the garbage. Look for the food waste bin at your workplace, food court or favourite coffee shop. If your multi-family complex or workplace does not offer a food and yard waste program, you can contact 311 for support.

Food and yard waste makes up nearly 40 per cent of garbage from apartments, condos and townhouses, and over 30 per cent from businesses and organizations. Composting will create a useful new product and keep this material out of the landfill.

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Tips for using your blue, green and black carts

Now that Calgarians are able to recycle and compost all year-long, it’s important to put items in the right carts. Here are a few tips to follow:

Green Cart

  • Every little bit counts! Plate scrapings, fruit pits, bones, egg shells and sauces can all be composted.
  • Is your green cart full? Put extra leaves and branches into paper yard waste bags. Roll closed and place at least 1 ft. to  the side of your green cart on collection day.

Blue Cart

  • Remember to bag your plastic bags! All plastic grocery bags, bread bags, sandwich bags and plastic wrap need to be put in one bag and tied closed before recycling.
  • Is your blue cart full? Make sure to break down all boxes to make room or take extras to a community recycling depot.

Black Cart

  • If an item can’t be recycled or composted, then it has reached its end-of-life and belongs in the garbage. This includes chip bags, granola wrappers, foam packaging, and dryer lint.
  • Is your black cart full? You can put out extra  garbage bags by placing at least 1 ft. to the side of your black cart on collection day.

If you’re not sure of how to dispose of an item, use our online search tool What Goes Where to find the answers! Visit to look up hundreds of different items.



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