Are you a building owner or property manager of a multi-family property?

The deadline to submit your multi-family waste & recycling strategy has now passed. Please submit your Waste & Recycling Strategies now. 

Take a look below for information about the multi-family recycling program and find out what you need to do to ensure your property meets the requirements.

For more details and resources or to submit your waste & recycling strategy check out the education and resources page.


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.


What if I already have a recycling program that meets the requirements?

You still need to submit a waste and recycling strategy by January 2018. This is also a great time to review your program and see if perhaps the signage could be updated and more communications sent out to residents to help educate them on your program. Visit our education and resources page for helpful information and templates.


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 manger 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

A one-size-fits-all solution won't work for my building. What options do I have?

You have the flexibility to:

  • Choose your private recycler
  • Self-haul. Building owners & managers of multi-family properties with 25 or less units will be permitted to haul their recycling to a private recycling facility or the Recycling Depot
  • Select the location and style of bin(s)
  • Determine whether you would like a source separated program or a commingled program
  • Decide on the appropriate frequency of pick-up
  • There may be the option to have individual unit collection in which case onsite storage and bin signage would not be required however a copy of the hauling contract stating that all units on the property are being serviced will need to be supplied to the City along with the waste & recycling strategy

How do I find a private Recycler to collect my recycling?

The City of Airdrie has developed a Private Recycler & Waste Hauler Directory. This directory is aimed to make it easy and convenient for building owner & managers to find a hauler for their recycling program. Building owners and managers of multi-family properties with 25 or less units can haul their recycling to a private recycling facility or the Recycling Depot.


Where can I get help?

Check out the education and resources page for a helpful guide on how to set up a recycling program in your building. Signage and other communications material is also available for download. As well, City of Airdrie staff are available should you need additional help: or 403.948.0246


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