Multi-family recycling for residents

Check out the information below to learn more about the multi-family recycling program and how you can help make it a success. You can also check out the Multi-family Recycling Guide for Residents for more details.


What is a multi-family property?

A multi-family property includes residential condominiums, apartments, and any residential building with multiple units that does not currently receive city curbside waste collection services.


Who is responsible?

The person(s) responsible for implementing the recycling program in its entirety is the building owner or manager; this includes property managers, and condo board associations. Individual residents are required to utilize the recycling program itself but they are not responsible for implementing the program unless they own their unit and there is no condo board or property manager in place.


When is this happening?

The program began in January 2017, enforcement will follow in January 2018. The grace period was designed to give those affected plenty of time to implement a recycling program and communicate with their residents the requirements of their particular program.


What is required?

Every building owner or manager of a multi-family property must:

1. Implement a recycling program that accepts the minimum of:

  • Mixed paper
  • Cardboard
  • Plastics # 1–7 (except Styrofoam)
  • Plastic film (shopping bags, etc.)
  • Refundable beverage containers (excluding glass)
  • Tetra Paks (juice and soup boxes)
  • Metal (tin food cans, aluminium pie plates, etc.)

2. Existing multi-family buildings must submit a waste & recycling strategy to the City of Airdrie by January 1, 2018. New multi-family properties occupied after January 1, 2018 must submit a waste and recycling strategy within 30 days of occupancy.

3. Ensure the waste and recycling generated at the property is collected, stored and disposed of in accordance with the waste & recycling strategy in place for that property.

4. Ensure their residents are educated about recycling services, including types of materials accepted and the location of recycling receptacles. Information must be distributed as the program is implemented and within 30 days of a resident moving in.

5. Provide onsite storage of adequate size and quantity to contain all of the recyclable materials generated on the property.

6. Provide clear and visible signage on or near bins indicating:

  • The container is only for recyclable materials, and
  • The types of accepted recyclable materials

How do I recycle in my building?

The program has been designed in such a way as to give building owners and managers the flexibility to design a recycling program that works for your particular building. This means that the size and style of bins may be different from building to building as will the placement and quantity. Some private recyclers accept materials all in one bin while others prefer residents to separate the materials into individual bins.

Talk to your property manager or condo board; they are responsible for setting up your program and will be able to give you the details on recycling in your building.


Who can I talk to if there is no recycling in my building?

Talk with your property manager or condo board first to find out what the status is on the implementation of your program.

Enforcement will begin in January 2018. If there is no recycling program in place by then you can call the City of Airdrie and staff will work with your property manager to get a program implemented.


Why doesn’t the City of Airdrie collect my waste and recycling?

City collection is funded through user fees paid by residents who fall under the single-family home designation. Multi-family properties as well as businesses and organizations do not pay this additional fee and as such do not receive collection.

The City will not collect from multi-family properties or businesses as private recyclers are better suited to offer the flexibility needed for these sectors.


Can I still use the Airdrie recycle depot?

Yes, the Recycling Depot will remain open for residents to use. The depot is able to take materials that are not widely accepted such as, batteries, household hazardous waste and electronics.


Contact us

Waste & Recycling

P. 403.948.0246

F. 403.948.8819