Multi-Family Buildings - 5 or more units

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Multi-family buildings - 5 units or more

Did you know multi-family buildings with more than 5 units are required to have a cardboard recycling program? Multi-family buildings handle their waste through commercial services or self-hauling their sorted waste to the Waste Management Facility and recycling centers. Typical everyday stuff includes regular waste, cardboard, mixed recyclables and organic waste. From time to time other types of waste will need to be handled, such as hazardous waste, electronic waste, scrap metal, and construction & demolition (C&D) waste, which do not belong with your everyday waste services. 

Some items don't belong in the landfill

E-waste, metals, C&D, hazardous waste, recycling, tires, and more do not belong in your waste bin. Talk to your waste service provider to get the right service in place for you. 

Sorting your waste makes a big difference in the City's goal towards zero waste, but can be difficult. To help make your decision easier the City has the "What Goes Where" waste app. Make sorting your waste a snap by simply typing in your materials in question.

be informed

When it comes to sharing waste services make sure the users are informed. Landlords and condo corps will need to ensure tenants/residents know what is allowed to go in the designated bins. Unsorted waste is subject to higher tipping fees and risk not being collected by their waste service providers.

Here is a helpful document to help residents know what items need to be separated:

Waste Sorting doc


Waste Sorting doc


Multi-family buildings with more than 5 units qualify for the City's organic collection program. Organic diversion is one of the best things you can do to reduce your footprint on the environment. When in a landfill organics create methane (greenhouse gas) and toxic leachate, polluting our air and ground water. Diverted organics are turned into a nutrient rich compost that can be used for our lawns, edible gardens and household plants, giving back to the environment we live in. Click here for more information.

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