It’s time to recycle at work like you do at home
Calgary – Starting today, you should be able to recycle at work like you already do at home. Changes to the Waste & Recycling Bylaw require all businesses and organizations to recycle paper and cardboard, glass, plastic film and containers, food cans and foil. Businesses are also required to recycle scrap metal and untreated wood.
“Calgary businesses and organizations produce one third of all the waste going to City landfills,” says Leanne Michie, waste diversion specialist with Waste & Recycling Services at The City of Calgary. “More than half of waste from businesses is not actually garbage – it is paper, cardboard and other materials that can be recycled instead.”
The bylaw applies to all businesses and organizations, including property management companies, offices, stores, malls, schools, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, manufacturers, factories, non-profit organizations, places of worship and warehouses.
To comply, businesses and organizations need to:
- Collect and store recyclable materials generated by employees and customers separately from garbage.
- Ensure the collected materials are taken to a recycling facility.
Green Calgary maintains a directory of recyclers that service businesses and organizations at greencalgary.org/recycler-directory.
“We’re asking Calgary businesses and organizations to do their part by recycling, just like people already do at home,” says Michie. “Together, we all make a difference in reducing waste going to our landfills.”
Business owners, employees or customers can visit calgary.ca/businessrecycling or contact 311 for information, tools and tips.