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Cart placement tips

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The City of Calgary uses collection trucks with mechanical arms to pick up black, blue and green carts.

The mechanical arms need space to reach, grab and lift the bins. To make sure your carts are collected quickly and safely, they need to be properly placed.

Follow these quick steps to get ready for collection day


 

Fill your cart

Fill your carts and lower the lids. Make sure the material isn't packed in too tightly.

Food and yard waste belongs in the green cart. See Using Your Green Cart.

Recyclables belong in the blue cart. See Using Your Blue Cart.

Garbage belongs in the black cart. See Using Your Black Cart.

 

Is your cart full?

Extra yard waste: Use paper yard waste bags. Extra branches can also be tied in 1.25 metre (4 foot) bundles with natural fibre string. Set the bags/bundles at least 30 cm (1 foot) away from the side of your cart. Extra paper bags must weigh less than 20 kg (44 pounds). If you can lift with one hand, it should be okay. Yard waste set out in plastic bags will not be collected.

Extra recycling: Extra bags are not accepted. Take extra recycling to a community recycling depot or save it for next week.

Extra garbage: Black carts can hold three or four bags of garbage. If it's full, extra bags can be set at least 30 cm (1 foot) away from the side of your cart. Extra garbage bags must weigh less than 20 kg (44 pounds). If you can lift with one hand, it should be okay.


Place your cart

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.

 

Cart spacing

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

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

 

 

Storing carts

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

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