Council has passed a bylaw that will require all buildings in Banff to provide infrastructure for diversion of food scraps and food soiled paper. The bylaw will come into effect on July 1st, 2021.
Building owners and property managers are responsible for setting up a system and informing their tenants. Renting and servicing of a food bin in Banff is about 40% cheaper than a same-size garbage bin.
Food-service businesses that rent space in a building will be asked to participate. While tenant participation is not mandatory at this time, it is highly encouraged as the Town anticipates implementing a ban on food waste to landfill in 2022.
Diverting food waste from landfill supports the Town of Banff’s goals to reach 70% waste diversion by 2028, zero waste to landfill by 2050, and ultimately become a model environmental community.
Enforcement will be conducted on a ‘complaint-based, education-first’ approach. This means that businesses will be given a grace period to collaborate with Town of Banff education staff in reaching compliance, prior to being issued warnings or fines.
Need assistance? Sign up for a waste assessment.
The Town of Banff’s assessment process will help you identify key opportunities to move toward zero waste in your business, including diverting your food scraps. This will take about an hour and can be done virtually or in-person, depending on covid-19 restrictions.