JOIN YOUR BANFF NEIGHBOURS AND ELIMINATE LANDFILL GARBAGE BY 2050

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0% WASTE = A 100% BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Banff is a model environmental community where everything we do is guided by a goal to preserve this special place. And reducing and diverting waste to landfill is critical to maintaining the well-being and sustainability of our community.

Zero Waste Banff is a program that empowers residents to help eliminate garbage going to landfill by the year 2050.

Taking action is easy. Food does not break down in the landfill. So recycle your food waste by putting it in a Town of Banff Residential Food Bin. Join your neighbours on the Zero Waste Trail.

What's your waste loss goal?

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BANFF'S ANNUAL WASTE REDUCTION GOAL

Divert 1,500 Tonnes from landfill

35,273,962 
BANANA PEELS

41,336,675 
LETTUCE LEAVES

166,666
GARBAGE BAGS

Enough to fill nearly six football fields

To recycle your food scraps, start by collecting your food scraps in a reusable container. Containers are available for purchase at Banff Town Hall. 

Step 1:

COLLECT YOUR FOOD SCRAPS IN A REUSABLE CONTAINER

You can also use a certified compostable plastic bag or newspaper to line your bin. 
Certified compostable bags have one of the following logos on the bags:

Biodegradable bags are NOT accepted. They just break down into smaller pieces of plastic in the compost.

Plastic bags are NOT accepted. 
They contaminate the compost.

HOW TO RECYCLE YOUR RESIDENTIAL FOOD SCRAPS IN BANFF

Bring your food scraps to one of the white food bins around town. The Town of Banff collects your food waste and food-soiled paper and turns it into a high-quality compost. Check the Banff Residential Bin Locations Map to find a food bin near your home.

Empty the food scraps from your reusable container into a Town of Banff Residential Food Bin located in your neighbourhood.

Step 2:

EMPTY THE FOOD SCRAPS INTO ONE OF THE COLLECTION BINS MARKED 'FOOD'

Recycling Food Scraps: 1, 2, it’s easy to do.

We look forward to seeing you on the Zero Waste Trail. Set your household waste loss goal for the year and become a Zero Waste Trailblazer!

Local residents can help maintain the long-term well-being and sustainability of Banff by taking the Zero Waste Trail.  

Reducing and diverting Banff residential waste going to landfill is a community goal that will benefit future generations.

Did you know that the Town of Banff collects 
and composts both raw and cooked food scraps? In fact, we’ve added a number of new Residential Food Bins around town to make Banff food recycling even easier. Check out the map and become a Zero Waste Trailblazer today! 

Q: Why is it Important to reduce food waste?

A: It is estimated food waste in Canada equates to 35.5 million metric tonnes, of which 32% is avoidable. The value of avoidable food loss and waste equates to $49.5 billion, representing 51.8 percent of what Canadians spent on food in 2016. This equates to 3% of Canada's 2016 GDP and would feed every person living in Canada for almost 5 months.


Q: Why compost our food scraps?

A: Organic material does not turn into soil or compost when it's buried in the landfill. It takes decades to decompose, and in the meantime, releases greenhouse gases approximately 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Approximately 20% of Canada's methane emissions come from landfills. These greenhouse gases are a major contributor to climate change.


Q: I live in Banff. Can I compost in my backyard?

A:  You should never backyard compost. It's not allowed in Banff because it's a wildlife attractant.


Q: Can I put meat in the food bin?

A: Yes. All kinds of meat, fish, shellfish and bones can go in the Residential Food Bin for composting.


Q: What should I do with pizza boxes?

A: If pizza boxes are clean, and have minimal grease or food scraps on them, they can be placed in the Mixed Paper recycling bin. If pizza boxes are soiled with grease and/or food, they can be placed in the Food bin for composting.


Q: What should I do with single-use paper coffee cups?

A: Single-use paper coffee cups go in the garbage. They cannot be recycled because they often have a thin internal plastic liner which makes them a contaminant in the paper recycling stream.


Q: Where do the food scraps collected in the food bins go?

A: They’re transported to Stoney Soil Products Compost Facility near Olds, Alberta. 

© 2019 Town of Banff

THESE ITEMS GO IN THE FOOD BIN

All raw and cooked food

Enough to fill 21 NHL size hockey rinks every year.

Or our Central Park covered in bags full of food waste piled six bags high – half way up the gazebo!