Waste Diversion & Initiatives


Multi-Family Waste Diversion

The Town of Okotoks continues to be committed to reducing waste and maximizing the lifespan of the Foothills Regional Landfill and Resource Recovery Centre.  In 2014 Council adopted the comprehensive 2020 Waste Management Plan; an objective of this plan is to divert 80% of the waste produced in Okotoks from the landfill by 2020.   To help achieve this goal is all multi-family residential properties must have a recycling collection program in place by July 1, 2017 and an organics collection program in place by January 1, 2018.

Waste diversion programs support local businesses, stimulate the economy, provide meaningful employment opportunities, potentially increase property values due to less local landfills and enhance the overall feeling of well-being in the community. 

The Town of Okotoks is pleased to provide assistance to the multi – family sector with implementing these programs in complexes such as apartments, condominiums and housing cooperatives.

Your efforts and participation will continue to move the Town of Okotoks towards building a unique, resilient, sustainable community.

Industrial, Commercial, Institutional (ICI)

Update: November 30, 2018

Timelines extended to implement changes to waste diversion program

Town Council approved a motion at the November 26 meeting that extended the deadline to 2020 for the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) sector to phase-in a three-stream waste diversion program.

Read the news release

February 5, 2018

Council has endorsed the 2020 Waste Management Plan, which identified key areas and strategies to achieve an 80% community waste diversion target by 2020. We are working to achieve an 80% reduction in order to align with the province’s goals to divert waste from landfills and extend the life of our regional landfill.

Currently all residents and multi-family dwellings have adopted a three-stream waste diversion program that includes garbage, mixed recycling and organics. The next stage is for the ICI sector to adopt a comprehensive waste diversion program. 

The Town will be engaging directly with our local businesses in the near future to provide details surrounding this program.

For further information please contact Waste Services.


This section explains the current, past and/or upcoming waste programs and initiatives in Okotoks.

Garbage Pilot Programs

Two garbage pilot programs were completed in several Okotoks neighbourhoods from June to September 2018. A report was presented to Council in early 2019& and the results are now available.

Final Report

Read the Report to Council (Pages 23 - 26) from the January 21, 2019 Council Report. 

Survey Results

Participating households had a chance to take a post-pilot survey after the pilot was complete. 173 ( 25%) participating households chose to complete the survey.

Survey Summary

Expanded Survey (with open-ended responses)

Regional Waste Management Initiative

Member municipalities of the Foothills Regional Service Commission (FRSC), including Okotoks, are currently exploring amalgamation of waste resources and the collaborative development of a Regional Waste Management Program, which includes investigating a facility for processing recyclables (a Material Recycling Facility (MRF)). The regional collaborative would be responsible for the collection and processing of waste, organics and recyclables in the Foothills region. 

Members of the FRSC include the municipalities of Black Diamond, Foothills County, High River, Nanton, Okotoks and Turner Valley, serving a total population of approximately 60,000.

The FRSC manages the Foothills Regional Landfill and Resource Recovery Centre .

This initiative, which resulted from two reports (CH2M Hill- 2015 and Tetra Tech-2017), led to an expression of interest by individual Councils to pursue a regional waste solution. A Technical Advisory Group (TAG) with representatives from each participating municipality and a representative of the FRSC was formed in 2018. 

Starting in 2018 and building on the initial studies, the TAG will work to develop a proposal for the Region that offers an alternative service delivery and implementation options report (2018-2019). The desired outcome will encourage and support the partners' achievement of the province's targeted waste diversion rate of 80% away from the landfill by 2020. 
Municipal partners could decide to pool resources to create a more efficient and effective regional program that aligns with the FRSC mandate.


A Step By Step Guide To Setting Up Your Multi-family Waste Program

Diverting Multi-family Recycling & Organics

Multi Family Guide