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The city of Calgary prides itself on being a “green” city with its waste and recycling programs. As of Feb. 1, 2016 all multi-family complexes are required to offer on-site recycling for residents. While many multi-family complexes already initiated the recycling program early on, this deadline means that the recycling program should be in full implementation.


The implementation deadline means all building owner's or manager's have an obligation to offer recycling storage, in addition to garbage storage; ensure there are enough containers to hold all the recycling at the complex; accept at least the same materials as blue carts; and arrange to have the materials removed for recycling in a manner of their choosing.


What does it mean for buyers looking at condos for sale? The program allows for building owners and managers to choose how they get rid of the waste and recycling and how they are going to charge residents of their buildings. This means rental increase or extra condo fees that will vary from one multi-family building complex to the next, depending on the building owner or manager's choice of disposal. The by-law states that building owners can choose a private recycling disposal company or dispose of the recycling themselves.


Condo buildings, with condo boards in charge of these types of decisions, have most likely had meetings with residents, or incorporated the best solution with the lowest impact on condo fees. When looking at the condos for sale, understanding the breakdown and increase of condo fees is essential to making your decision. While the city has mandated the implementation of the recycling bins, they cannot regulate the cost of the service due to the needs and flexibility required by many multi-family complexes.


As for food and yard waste, the city is developing a bylaw which will require multi-family buildings to divert food and yard waste from landfills through composting and/or other means. Council will look at this proposed by-law in October 2016, for approval.


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