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Non-Residential Garbage & Recycling
Clear BagsClear Bags Required as of November 1, 2017
As of November 1, 2017, all non-residential organizations and agencies in Banff will be required to use clear bags to dispose of garbage. Waste will no longer be accepted in black, coloured or opaque bags.
Non-residential waste customers include businesses, institutions and non-profit organizations.

Why Clear Bags?
Clear bags are the newest tool the Town is introducing to the waste collection system. This tool will allow you to identify materials such as food, recyclable containers, paper and cardboard inadvertently placed in the garbage. Once these materials are identified they then can be diverted from the garbage bin and reduce your costs. For example, garbage costs approximately $170* to collect while food waste costs approximately $102* to collect.
(*Rates based on a 660L bin serviced once a week)

Benefits of Clear Bags:
  • Promotes recycling and organics diversion
  • Clear bags prompt you – it is much easier to notice if you are disposing of recyclable and compostable materials in the garbage if a clear bag is used
  • Improves worker safety by helping waste collectors identify hazardous or sharp objects in the bag, such as needles or glass
In Halifax, Nova Scotia, a requirement to use clear bags for garbage has led to a 24 per cent decline in garbage sent to landfill and increases in recycling volumes.

Clear BagsClear Bags Cost the Same
Clear bags cost the same as opaque bags, or less. Both types of bags are made of the same plastic resin; the only difference is the dye in the plastic.

We encourage you to use up your existing stock of coloured garbage bags this month and transition to clear bags as soon as you run out. Property owners who are landlords are encouraged to share this information with their tenants to ensure all non-residential customers are transitioning to clear bags.

Call 403.762.1280 or email

It's Not All Garbage Anymore
To reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, non-residential waste can be separated into several waste streams.

Businesses are strongly encouraged to sort their waste into three bins: cardboardfood and garbage. It costs you less to have the Town service a cardboard or food bin than a garbage bin. Sizes and scheduled pick-ups for these bins are determined by the business owner; the more efficiently you divert your waste and schedule your pick ups, the more money you'll save. Change your service using our online forms

Find out other ways to increase efficiency and reduce your costs

Other Non-Residential Waste
Find out what other non-residential waste items can be recycled, where to drop-off items and how to dispose of construction/demolition waste.
Printable Guides 

Common items that can't be recycled:
Padded envelopes, carbon paper, elastic bands, paper clips, plastic liners, plasticized or wax papers, bones, twist ties, stickers, plastic labels, straws, condiment packets and foil wrappers.