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What's in Calgary's garbage?

Ever wonder what's in your garbage?

What's in Calgary's Garbage?
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In 2014, Waste & Recycling Services conducted a study to see what Calgary households are throwing away. The study looked at random samples of trash arriving at the landfill. In other words, what was still left over after people used recycling, composting and other waste diversion options.

For single-family homes in Calgary, their black cart is made up of the following items:

  • 15% Recyclables (such as items that can go in blue carts or recycled through other programs)
  • 65% Compostables (36% food, and 29% leaf and yard)
  • 20% Landfill (items that can't be recovered or recycled at this time)

Our waste diversion goal

We are moving Calgary toward diverting 70% of waste from our City landfills. Learn more about our waste diversion goal. For more ways to reduce your garbage, view our recycling tips.