Calgary has a Blue Cart recycling program that allows people to recycle a lot of things.
Sometimes though, our recycling sorting facility gets items it isn't designed to handle, like a rubber hose, a coat hanger, or propane tanks. These materials can seriously injure a worker, get stuck in equipment, shut down the facility or spoil the quality of good recyclables.
If you don't know where to put an item, see our online recycling search tool to find out what goes where. Learn more about preparing your recyclables or view our Recycle Smart video.
Make your recycling count
Many hygiene items from the bathroom are not suitable for recycling because they can cause health and safety concerns for workers.
These items belong in the garbage. Do not put in your blue cart.
- Diapers (clean or dirty)
- Used facial tissue, toilet paper and paper towel
- Old toothbrushes
- Used toothpaste tubes
Items that cannot go in the recycling depot or blue cart