Organics Recycling


Compostable organics recycling for Calgary businesses and condos.

Composting of organics has a huge impact on your carbon footprint as well your local environment. For this reason, the City of Calgary has expanded recycling and organics waste bylaws which will affect all multi-family residences and businesses. These bylaws will require properties to have both recycling as well as green bins for compostable organics collection systems as part of the waste collection infrastructure. With the rollout of this new mandate, there is going to be a significant increase to the landfill tipping fees associated with garbage removal, making it even more important to get an effective recycling and compostable organics collection program in place as soon as possible. 

BluPlanet offers specialized, professional collection services for compostable organics that includes:

  • High quality, locking lid bins designed to mitigate odours and pests.
  • Compostable liners replaced with each collection (keeps your bins clean and reduces odours.
  • A variety of collection bin options that can be configured to meet your needs and restrictions
  • Ongoing education and engagement to help users understand how to work with their program

LIST OF ACCEPTABLE ORGANICS MATERIALS:

  • Vegetable and fruit trimmings.
  • Meat, dairy, and even bones
  • Coffee grounds, filters, and wooden stir sticks
  • Compostable plateware and serving utensils
  • Food scrapings
  • Soiled paper towels

Tips for Successful Compostable organics (green bin) Programs:

Managing the collection of organic materials at the source is the first aspect to developing a successful organics diversion program. Providing users with, or encouraging users to get their own organics collection bin that can placed under sinks or close to source of generation, which they can use to contain organics as well as transport the materials to the centralized bins in your waste collection area, is ideal. A specially designed organics bin or even a simple utility pale will suffice.

BluPlanet offers a specialized compost program Starter Kit which includes an educational flyer, under-counter collection bin, and initial stock of compostable bags.

In your centralized waste collection area, organics bins need to be accessible, must be specially designed for this material type, lockable, and be lined in order that the programs do not create odour or cleanliness issues while still being user friendly. 

Having a customized collection system for compostable organics is essential. Each space has unique restrictions which influence how a program is setup. The very high weight-to-volume ratio and need for bin mobility make it crucial for specialized infrastructure to be used. This ensures program safety, cleanliness, and ease-of-use.

Compostable organics do not necessarily cause strong odours. If setup properly, these programs will actually reduce the odour from your waste stream but this means using specially designed collection bins which allow for aeration, weekly (minimum) removal of materials, and use of compostable bin liners.  

Space concerns for placement of additional collection infrastructure can be overcome by reducing the capacity of your garbage collection system. Removing garbage bins, decreasing the size of bins being used, or changing the collection frequency may all need to be considered.  With a successful recycling and compostable organics collection system in place, garbage should only account for 25-35% of all waste output in any building/complex.     

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