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Acceptable compostable bags and liners

Using a compostable liner is a great way to keep your kitchen pail/green cart clean, and reduce odours and pests, but it's not required for collecting food and yard waste. Only pet waste/kitty litter/animal bedding, sawdust/wood shavings and cold barbeque/fireplaces ashes are required to be bagged first before putting in your green cart.

If you choose to use a liner, here are some options:

1. Newspaper

Follow our quick kitchen pail liner guide to make a newspaper liner at home. For best results, use 3-4 sheets of large newsprint. The newspaper along with the food waste can go directly into the green cart.

2. Paper bags

All paper bags are compostable and can go directly in the green cart. Paper bags are not required to have the certified compostable logos on them.

  • Reuse fast food bags or brown paper grocery bags as a liner in your kitchen pail.
  • Purchase paper kitchen pail liners - see options below.
  • Use a paper yard waste bag as a liner inside your green cart.
  • Use a paper yard waste bag for extra yard waste that doesn't fit inside the cart.

Paper yard wast​e bags can be purchased at grocery, and home and garden centres.

3. Certified compostable bags

Certified compostable bags can be tied off and put in the green cart. When buying compostable bags, look for one of the following certified compostable logos on the box. The bags will usually be tinted (green, brown etc.) and will have the certified compostable logo(s) printed directly on the bag.

Compostable Bag Logo

Here are some examples of certified compostable bags carried by retailers in Calgary. Please note: This is not a complete list and some packaging may have changed.

  • To see store locations, click on the links under Location
  • To see picture examples of bags click on the links under Brands Available
Pet waste compostable bags​​ Brands Available
Bon A-Pet-Treat! Pet store and bakery
The Bone & Biscuit Co.
​Dexter's - Your Local Pet Shop
​Global Pet Foods
Green Calgary Eco-Store
MRO Electronic supply
Paws Pet Food & Accessories
Pet Valu
Rascals Pet Supplies
Tail Blazers
Unleashed
Paper yard waste bags​​ Brands Available
Canadian Tire
  • Store brand yard waste bags
Costco
Home Depot
  • Store brand yard waste bags
London Drugs
  • Store brand yard waste bags
Lowes
  • ​​Store brand waste bags
No Frills
  • Store brand yard waste bags
Rexall
  • Store brand yard waste bags
Save on Foods
  • Store brand yard waste bags
Superstore
  • Store brand yard waste bags
Walmart
  • Store brand yard waste bags
Kitchen pail liners​​ Brands Available
Box/No Frills
Canadian Tire
Community Natural Foods​
Co-op

 

Costco
  • Bag to Earth
  • Small lined paper bag
  • BioSak     
  • Small liner bag
  • Tall compostable bag
Dollarama
  • Hercules
  • 7.5 L standard food waste bags
Giant Tiger
  • Giant Value
  • Small liner bag
  • Tall compostable bag
Green Calgary Eco-Store
Home Depot
  • ​BioSak
    • Small liner bag
    • Bag to Earth
    • Small lined paper bag
    • Large lined paper bag
Lee Valley
London Drugs
Pharmasave
Planet Organic
Rexall
Rona
Safeway​    

 

 

 

Save on Foods    
Shoppers Drug Mart
  • No Name
  • Kitchen bags
  • Green bin liners
    Note: These green bin liners are best suited to line an indoor garbage can. They are not designed to fit your green cart.
  • Glad Compostable OdourShield
  • 9.84 L Small quick tie
  • Tall compostable bag
Sobeys    
Staples
Superstore
Walmart

Unacceptable liner bags

The following bags are not accepted in the Green Cart program:

No plastic bags

Plastic bags prevents the flow of air, which is essential during the composting process. Since they don't breakdown, they end up diminishing the quality of the finished compost.

No oxo-biodegradable or biodegradable bags

Biodegradable bags are made from plastic. These bags break apart into small plastic pieces that will diminish the quality of the finished compost.​​​​​​​​​​