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Calgary Updates Waste Bylaws

Calgary Updates Waste Bylaws

Residents of Calgary, Alberta, may face fines for not properly sorting garbage, waste and compostables.

Residents of Calgary, Alberta, may face fines for not properly sorting garbage, waste and compostables according to new bylaws put in place by city officials.

The move comes as the city adds organics collection to its solid waste services. But the full changes will not take effect until November 2017.

Metro has more.

Lindsay Seidel-Wassenaar, leader of strategic planning and policy with Waste and Recycling, said the bylaw as it stands makes no mention of the green carts, and that’s part of the reason for the updates.

The bylaw changes define things such as compostable bags, and spells out the nitty gritty. For instance, pet waste can go in the garbage stream if it’s in a regular plastic bag, or in the green bin if it’s in a compostable bag.

 The fine for failing to properly sort your waste is $250. There are also $125 fines for setting out your containers before 7 p.m. the day before collection day, or failing to take them in by 7 p.m. on collection day.

The latest changes won’t take effect until November 2017.

Read the full story here.

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