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About Community Cleanups

Community Cleanups are scheduled from 9 am - 2 pm but please check with your community association to confirm for your area.

Scheduled cleanups can be found here.

If you are interested in volunteering at your community's event, please contact your community association directly.

The organized Community Cleanup events save residents a trip to the landfill for items that do not fit in their waste and recycling carts or for residents who do not have cart service. This service is free of charge to all Calgarians.

We supply three packer trucks with crews (two for waste and one for organic materials) and funds for advertising and promotion, gloves, garbage bags, food and refreshments for the group of community volunteers.

Sleep Country has donated mattress bags for removal of mattresses with protection from harm like bed bugs. The mattress bags will be available at the community centre on the day of your Community Cleanup.

Items garbage trucks will not accept

Our garbage trucks will not accept the following items:

  • Car batteries
  • Glass (e.g. window panes, glass table tops)
  • ​Household appliances with Freon (e.g. refrigerators, freezers)
  • Microwaves
  • Liquids (e.g. cooking oils)
  • Large metal items (e.g. lawnmowers, barbeques)
  • Rail way ties
  • Sod or dirt
  • Household hazardous waste including:
    • Propane tanks
    • Paint
    • Automobile, cleaning, healthcare, and gardening chemicals

Household hazardous waste materials can be brought directly to a household hazardous waste drop-off location.

Items for recycling

Some cleanups may accept additional items for recycling. They may also organize a "free store" where you can drop off and/or select items for donations - free of charge. Check your community association website for details. These items include:

  • Baby care seats
  • Cell phones and cell phone batteries
  • Paper shredding
  • Home appliances (free store item)
  • Home electronics
  • Large pieces of furniture
  • Scrap metal (e.g. barbeques, lawnmowers, and filing cabinets)

Community Recycling Depots

 
Items for recycling can be taken to your local Community Recycling depot. Please check our community recycling depot page for a location near you.

Not sure what to do with an item?

 
Visit calgary.ca/whatgoeswhere to find the right recycling and disposal options for your unwanted items.

Yard waste

Leaves, branches, plants, grass clippings and other yard waste (excluding sod) will be accepted at Community Cleanup events for composting. Yard waste must be separate from other items.

All of the organic materials we collect at community cleanups will be taken to one of The City's composting facilities.

Contact us

For information on Community Cleanups, contact Calgary 311 or 403-268-CITY (2489) by phone, access 311 services online, or connect via the 311 Calgary mobile app