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Cart placement tips

The City of Calgary uses collection trucks with mechanical arms to pick up carts. The mechanical arms need space to reach, grab and lift the carts. To make sure your carts are collected quickly and safely, they need to be properly placed.

Video: Tips for placing your blue and black cart

Follow these quick steps to get ready for collection day

Fill it

  • Put food and yard waste in your green cart.

    When your green cart is full, use paper yard waste bags. Extra branches can also be tied in 1.25 metre bundles with natural fibre string.


  • Put recyclables loose inside your blue cart. The only exceptions are bundling plastic bags together in one plastic bag and placing shredded paper insid a clear plastic bag.
  • Put garbage in your black cart.
    Always completely fill your cart before setting out extra bags of garbage. Your black cart is considered full when another garbage bag will not easily fit inside.


Make sure the materials in your carts is not packed too tightly and can easily come out when the truck picks it up.


Place it

To ensure collection, carts need to be out by 7 a.m. on your collection day. Place the carts on flat ground, not on a raised platform.

  • Front street: Place cart wheels against the curb.
  • Back lane: Place cart wheels with enough space to walk between your cart and your back hedge, garage or fence.

Please note: Where you place your cart may change during snow route parking bans or spring street cleaning.


Space it

Leave enough space around your carts so you can walk between and around them.

  • At least three metres (10 ft.) of space above your carts.
  • At least 1 m (3 ft.) from obstacles on either side, such as parked cars, power poles, utility boxes, fences, downspouts and garages.

Extra paper yard waste bags/bundled branches and garbage bags should set at least 30 cm (1 ft.) away from the side of your cart. 


Store it 

Remember to pull your carts back onto your property by 7 p.m. on your collection day. Please don't leave your carts blocking alleyways.

You are responsible for taking care of your cart and keeping it clean.