Waste Disposal and Recycling

Introduction to Waste Removal

Recycling has become a national habit, a daily ritual practiced by over 100 million people every day. Yet recycling alone will not end our dependency on landfills, nor reverse the rapid depletion of our natural resources. As world population and consumption continue to rise, it is clear that our one-way system of extracting virgin resources to make packaging and products that will later be buried is not sustainable.

WASTE DIVERSION is a new way of looking at our waste stream. Instead of seeing used materials as garbage in need of disposal, discards are seen as valuable resources. A pile of trash represents jobs, financial opportunity, and raw materials for new products.

H&R, working with Waste Management, takes a proactive approach to WASTE REDUCTION. The objective is to eliminate solid waste from our facilities waste stream and in turn assist with sustaining our resources and environment for the future.

To accommodate, our WASTE REDUCTION programs, service containers for the waste streams are identified as below.

Recovery Material Categories

  1. Refundable Beverage Containers – All Plastic/Aluminum/Glass Bottles, Cartons and Cans with deposit. Unless your company has informed us regarding your company's self–collection for your refundable beverage containers, the cleaning staff will collect and remove when the containers are more than half full and the bottles are donated to the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank and The Mustard Seed.
  2. Recyclables – Paper; Newsprint; Magazines; Flyers/Junk Mail; Plastics (#'s 1 – 7); Coffee cups/plastic lids (removed) /sleeves; Glass bottles; Tin cans; Plastic bags; Styrofoam (#6); Shrink wrap; Cardboard.
  3. Organics – Food waste (meat, poultry, fish, produce, etc.); Soiled paper and paper towels; cardboard (waxed or not); Coffee/tea grounds; Non – toxic liquids; Plants & flowers; Biodegradable substitutes for plastics; Fruits; All Vegetables; Greasy food stained boxes.
  4. Non-Recyclables – Any material that cannot be recycled – Plastic other than #1-7; Facial tissue; Rubber Bands.

Waste and Organics are collected and removed by the cleaning staff from the kitchens nightly Monday through Friday. Recycling bins are collected and removed when the bins are more than half full.

If you have more garbage than will fit into your wastebasket, call Tenant Services. We can arrange for pick up of excess waste upon request, during regular business hours, Monday to Friday. For larger quantities of waste material place one of our bright yellow "FOR DISPOSAL" garbage stickers on the items and they will be removed during the next scheduled clean. Contact Tenant Services to request these stickers. Larger amounts of garbage may have an additional cost for disposal. You will need to make arrangements for the removal of non garbage items such as furniture, microwaves, printers, computers, radios, coffee makers etc.

If you require collection bins for your kitchens or would like assistance setting up your custom bins please contact tenant services. We will also provide desk side recycle boxes and larger central recycle bins. Employees are required to transfer the contents of their desk side recycle box to the central bin. Collection bins for recycling batteries, cell phones, ink and toner cartridges are located in the freight elevator lobbies. Also located in the freight elevator lobby is a designated area for collection of flattened cardboard.

Confidential Paper Shredding – This item is handled by each tenant's internal process and not through base building services.