The City of Calgary is currently conducting stakeholder engagement to develop a multi-family recycling strategy. You can learn more online at Calgary.ca/recycling, or you can attend the next open house on April 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Sunalta Community Hall.
This spring, there will be many others opportunities available where residents of Calgary can attend an open house or participate online to review potential service options and voice their opinions on this interesting issue.
For many who live in multi-family dwellings such as apartments, condominiums, townhouse complexes and other multi-unit housing, having recycling services is something that's important to reducing dependency on landfills and protecting the land, air and water around Calgary.
Multi-family dwellings are typically places where there are more than four housing units on a parcel of land, or are part of a complex with a private road. This may include apartment buildings as well as some condominium complexes and townhouses. Multi-family housing is currently not eligible for the Blue Cart recycling program.However, The City of Calgary has a network of about 50 Community Recycling Depots that accept the same recyclable materials as the Blue Cart recycling program. Also, there are a number of companies that provide collection of recyclable materials for multi-family residents. For a list of providers, visit the Recycling Hotline and search under residential recycling collection.
While in the planning stages for the Blue Cart recycling program, Calgary's City Council gave specific direction that Waste & Recycling Services:"Not undertake collection of recyclables from multi-family residences prior to 2020, provided The City is on track in achieving its target to divert 80 per cent of its waste from landfills by 2020."
Access to recycling for those living in multi-family residences is an important piece needed to achieve the 80/20 by 2020 goal. More information on the 80/20 by 2020 goal can be found on the Recycling Programs page.
Following Council's direction, The City rolled out Blue Cart recycling to single-family homes, up to and including four-plexes. Residences that are eligible to receive blue cart collection pay the monthly blue cart charge.
For background information, visit The City of Calgary's engagement project page on the multi-family recycling strategy.