Food Scraps and Recycling Bylaw 464

New Business Food Scraps & Recycling Requirement

The Town of Banff has recently passed a bylaw that requires all non-residential sector entities to separate food scraps and recycling from garbage. The bylaw will come into effect on October 1, 2022 with enforcement beginning in 2023.   

Building owners and property managers are responsible for ensuring adequate bins are in place  and informing their tenants of the requirement to separate food scraps from garbage. All businesses that rent space in a building are expected to participate in the program. Garbage bins that contain visible amounts of food scraps and recycling will no longer be acceptable and could be subject to fines.  

How-to resources can be found on 

Banff is Moving Toward Zero Waste  

Diverting food scraps & recycling from landfill supports the Town of Banff’s goals to reach 70% waste diversion by 2028, zero waste to landfill, and ultimately become a model environmental community.   

An education-first approach will be used to inform the owner of a non-residential premises when they are not in compliance with the bylaw, by way of administrative warnings and education. Town of Banff staff will reach out, provide educational resources, and collaborate with the establishment for a up to a month before enforcing with fines, with the shared goal being to reach compliance.  

In the case that compliance is not reached, Municipal Enforcement will issue warnings and voluntary payments (fines) as listed in the bylaw.  

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 and recycling. This will take about an hour and can be done virtually or in-person.