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Garbage collection information

The black cart is the standard method for garbage pickup in Calgary, and residents must use their garbage bins to have their waste collected. Each week, garbage day comes for 300,000 Calgary homes using garbage collection trucks equipped with mechanical arms to collect trash.

For regular garbage collection, follow these steps:

Garbage and recycling day schedule
First you will need to find out your garbage collection schedule.
Prepare your garbage for pickup
Learn what you can and cannot put into the black cart.
Cart placement tips
Learn how to properly place your carts for pickup in a way that is both efficient and safe.

Did we miss you?

If your collection day pickup has been missed, please let us know by completing a missed collection service request or calling 311.

Need a new cart?

Have you moved into a new home?
Use this request if you have moved into a new home that has never had a black bin or a blue bin.

Is your cart missing or damaged beyond repair?
Use this request if your cart has gone missing or is completely damaged. Please stat within the form that you need to replace a damaged or missing blue or black cart.

Exceptions to regular garbage collection

Christmas Day and New Years Day are the only days when collection service isn't provided. We will post the exceptions to collection service on these days on our holiday collection service page.

During street cleaning or snow route parking bans collection service is still provided. However it is important to know of the changes to cart placement during a snow route parking ban or spring street cleaning.

Other residential collection services

Waste & Recycling Services is responsible for the solid waste management services provided by The City of Calgary. This includes black cart garbage collection, blue cart recycling collection, and the green cart organics program.

Collection for residential homes as well as collection services for commercial and industrial establishments is on a fee-for-service basis. Aside from regular trash collection, the City does not offer junk removal services for residents.