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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 quickkitchen 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.

  • Reuse fast food bags, brown paper grocery bags as a liner in your kitchen pail.
  • Use a paper yard waste bags as a liner inside your green cart.
  • Use a paper yard waste bags for extra yard waste that doesn't fit inside the cart.

Paper yard waste 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.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
Location​​ Brands Available
Bon A-Pet-Treat! Pet store and bakery
Box/No Frills
  • No name
  • Kitchen bags
  • Green bin liners
    Note: These bags are best suited to line an indoor kitchen garbage can. They are not designed to fit your green cart.
Canadian Tire
Community Natural Foods​
Co-op
Costco
Giant Tiger
​Global Pet Foods
Green Calgary Eco-Store
Home Depot
Lee Valley
London Drugs
Paws Pet Food & Accessories
Pet Valu
Pharmasave
Planet Organic
Rascals Pet Supplies
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
  • No name
  • Kitchen bags
  • Green bin liners
    Note: These bags are best suited to line an indoor kitchen garbage can. They are not designed to fit your green cart.
  • Glad Compostable OdourShield
  • 9.84 L small quick tie
  • Tall compostable bag
Tail Blazers
Unleashed
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.​​​​​​​​​​