Calgary’s Leading Voice in Zero Waste and Plastic Free Living.


Plastic-Free YYC is a nonprofit organization leading Calgarians to reduce single-use plastic waste and create a circular economy.

Our three-tiered approach of engagement — inspiring individuals, collaborating with businesses, and working with municipal leaders — is how change will happen. Our fully volunteer-run team is comprised of plastic-free and zero-waste experts who are passionate about raising awareness of the overall impact of plastic on our community and our planet.


We have targeted initiatives that engage all sectors of our community, create a collective voice for Calgarians and help us gather intel to use in our mission to promote a plastic-free city!

Ban the Bag YYC

Canadians use 2.86 billion plastic bags per year, filling landfills, polluting communities and harming the environment. That’s 7.8 million a day. We believe creating policy around single-use plastic bags such as bans or levies work because they enforces habit change across the masses.

Our goal is to encourage our municipal leaders to create policies that will help our city become more sustainable. Calgary has the opportunity to lead and demonstrate to the world that it is committed to a more sustainable future. So Calgary, its time to let your voice be heard. Learn more at

Last Straw Calgary

The Last Straw is an initiative to encourage bars and restaurants to go straw-free or straw-on-request. We kicked off this initiative in the summer of 2018, as a competition against Waste Free Edmonton to see which city could get the most bars & restaurants to go straw-free.The battle is over but Last Straw Calgary Campaign continues!

If you are a Straw-on-Request establishment, let us know. Next steps include showcasing our straw-free city to municipal leaders to help them create effective policies around single-use plastics.

Alberta’s FIRST Zero Waste Festival

Join us this July for an interactive festival focused on reducing waste & leading a low-waste lifestyle. 
Learn about sustainable living from expert speakers, connect with innovative waste free businesses & be part of the growing community striving to reduce waste! 

Stay tuned & check back regularly for updates on who will be attending from special speakers to vendors to live music!