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Blue cart recycling

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

Blue carts are collected weekly on the same day as green carts. Set your cart out by 7:00 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 in the cart.

Save extra items for the next week or take them to a community recycling depot. For more tips, see Using Your Blue Cart.

Keep batteries out of the blue cart

Batteries are a big no-no in the blue cart. They can get damaged at the recycling facility leading to fires, explosions and other safety issues for staff and equipment.

Batteries can be recycled - just not in your blue cart. Take them to a participating retailer for proper recycling. Find a list of locations on the batteries page.

What can go in your Blue Cart

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For holiday changes, see our holiday schedule.

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Using your Blue Cart

Customer self-service

Report a missed collection

Request cart for a new home

Report a missing or damaged cart

Please call 311 to report a broken or missing cart.

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 fee

Homes that receive blue cart service are billed the $8.80 per month Blue Cart Fee on their ENMAX bill.

For more information on how The City of Calgary sets blue cart rates, see Residential Waste Rates.

Monthly Rate 2019
Blue Cart Fee ($ per 30 days) $8.80
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.

In 2017, some items were impacted by the changes in the Chinese recycling sector and put into storage. In 2018, new manufacturers were found in other markets to accept recyclables as well as to clear out the backlog of stored items from 2017.

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.