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Blue cart recycling

The City of Calgary provides Blue Cart recycling to single family homes.

Blue carts are collected weekly on the same day as green carts. Set your cart out by 7 a.m. on your collection day.

Bundle plastic bags together in a single bag and tie closed before recycling. For the rest of your recyclables, put them loose in your bin.

Extra bags are not accepted – all recyclables must be inside the blue cart for pickup. Save extra items for the next week or take them to a community recycling depot. For more tips, see Using Your Blue Cart.

Recycle Right

Some things should never go in your blue cart. Find out the right way to use your cart - visit our Recycle Right page or click the image below to watch a video.

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What can go in your Blue Cart

Find your pickup day

For holiday changes, see our holiday schedule.

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Using your Blue Cart

Customer self-service

Report a missed collection

Common reasons for missed pickup:

  • Carts not set out by 7 a.m. on collection day
  • Trucks could not access your cart
  • Unacceptable items placed in cart
For more details, see Missed Collection.
Request cart for a new home

When to request a new cart:

  • You are moving into a newly built home
  • Send your request 14 days before move-in
  • Carts are provided at no charge
  • Carts are delivered to your home
For more details, see Requesting a New Cart.
Report a missing or damaged cart

Please call 311 to report a broken or missing cart.

When to report a broken cart:

  • The lid is missing including hinges
  • The lid doesn't cover your items
  • The body of the cart is cracked
  • The wheels are missing or cart can't stand
For more details, see Replacing Your Cart.

About Blue Cart Program

Who receives a cart?

We provide blue carts to single family homes up to four units, as long as they are not part of an apartment or condominium.

Blue Cart monthly fee

Homes with blue cart service see the $8.50 per month Blue Cart Program Charge on their ENMAX bill.

Monthly Rate 2018
Blue Cart Program Charge ($ per 30 days) $8.50
How recycling works

Through our Blue Cart program and community recycling depots, we've recycled more than 579 million kilograms (July 2009 - July 2018).

When your items are picked up from your blue cart, they go to a recycling sorting facility. People and machines sort all the mixed recyclables into different types of materials, bale them and ship them to markets where they will be made into new products.

Other disposal options

Take your residential waste to one of three landfill sites.
Find a community recycling bin location near you.
Recycle your old and unused electronics for free.
Dispose of household hazardous waste at our drop-off locations.