City of Calgary IC&I Food Rescue & Waste Diversion Pilot

Circular Innovation Council and the City of Calgary, working alongside local private and public interests, are piloting an innovative regional co-operative model shared by the local food and food waste value chain to optimize organics recycling, improve food and food waste diversion, and mitigate food loss.

The program simplifies the donation of edible food surplus and reduces the cost of food waste collection for businesses and organizations.

Our food waste diversion pilot offers: 

  • Free collection of surplus food donations for distribution to community service agencies across Calgary
  • Once per week food waste collection
  • 50% discount on average food waste collection fees for the first 3 months
  • Free collection bins and compostable bin liners – sized to maximize workflow
  • Guidelines and education materials for easy staff training
  • Free promotional and marketing for your business, including an individual site scorecard to highlight your environmental and social impact  


Downloadable program details

Calgary Food Diversion Pilot Summary
Download the program invitation and details in English
Translated details of the Food Diversion Calgary Pilot Program
Download the invitation and details with a summary in Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese.
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The pilot, created by Circular Innovation Council, is hosted by the City of Calgary. Our local operational partners, Leftovers Foundation and Bluplanet Recycling, help realize the project. The pilot is made possible thanks to funding by the Alberta Ecotrust Foundation’s Environmental Impact Grant Program, as well as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Food Waste Reduction Challenge, which selected this program as a finalist in their Business Models streams.  Technology sponsorship comes from Telus Business and Superfry.