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Blue cart recycling

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We provide blue cart recycling collection to single family homes in Calgary. Simply place your clean recyclables loose in your cart for weekly collection.

What goes in my blue cart?

You can put these items in your blue cart:

  • Paper and cardboard
  • Plastic jugs and bottles
  • Bags, packaging and food containers
  • Food cans and foil
  • Glass jars and bottles

Learn more about what can be recycled or print ourBlue Cart guide to recycling. See what items you cannot put in your blue cart.

If you're unsure of whether to recycle or dispose of an item, check out our online recycling and disposal search tool.

How do I use my blue cart?

Put items loose in your cart. Don't put items in garbage or blue recycling bags. The only exceptions are shredded paper, which should be put in a clear plastic bag and plastic bags, which should be all bagged into one plastic bag.

If you have extra recyclables, hang on to them for next's week collection or bring them to a community recycling depot. Please don't leave extra recyclables next to your blue cart. Learn more about preparing your recyclables.

When your cart is full, set it out by 7 a.m. on your scheduled collection day. See how to place your cart.

Blue Cart Recycling

Who receives a blue cart?

We provide blue cart collection to single family homes up to and including four units, as long as they are not part of a multi-unit residential complex, such as an apartment or condominium.

For apartment buildings and condos: All multi-family complexes are required to offer on-site recycling by February 1, 2016. A multi-residential complex is a group of more than four dwelling units that share a common parcel of land, or share a private roadway that provides access to dwelling units.

Blue cart size: The blue cart is 107 cm high, 59 cm wide and 73 cm deep. It can hold up to 60 kg of material.

Blue Cart Recycling program facts and stats

Calgary is doing a great job recycling and it's all adding up to make a huge difference. Through our Blue Cart program and community recycling depots, we've recycled more than 410 million kilograms of material in the last six years (July 2009 - July 2015).

In 2015, we've recycled more than 65 million kilograms of materials through our Blue Cart program and our community recycling depots.

How much is the Blue Cart Recycling Fee?

Households with blue cart service are charged monthly on their utility bill (ENMAX). The Blue Cart recycling fee is mandatory if your household is eligible. The Blue Cart program is funded using the monthly fees and revenue from the sale of recyclable materials.

Monthly rates are based on a thirty (30) day period. The billing amount is made by dividing the monthly rate by thirty (30) to derive a daily rate, and multiplying the daily rate by the actual number of days in the billing period.

Monthly Rate 2016 2017 2018
Blue Cart Recycling Fee ($ per 30 days) $8.10 $8.30 $8.50

Other recycling options

Calgarians can also recycle at community recycling depots across the city. We also support and provide services such as electronics recycling, tire recycling and drop-off locations for household hazardous waste.

From 2013 to 2014, we ran a pilot to try out a bigger blue cart to see how it could meet people's needs. See what we learned after the one-year trial on our Bigger Blue Cart page.