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Green Cart compost giveaway

The City of Calgary offers free compost for residents to use in their yards and gardens. The compost is made from the food and yard waste collected in the Green Cart program.

This year's compost giveaway events are now over. Please stay tuned for future event details in 2019.

Green Cart Compost Giveaway

How to use your compost

Compost is a soil amendment that can improve the health of lawns, flower beds and gardens. Please note: while compost may look like dirt or soil, it is neither. Compost must be used in conjunction with soil and cannot be used as a replacement for soil.

The compost can do the following:

  • Enhance soil structure
  • Increase soil nutrient content
  • Improve moisture retention
  • Foster plant health
You can use the compost in many ways:

  • Soil amendment - mix the compost into your soil
  • Top dressing or mulch - spread compost on top of your soil
A little compost goes a long way. Consult your garden centre, nursery or horticultural expert to determine how to best mix this compost for your specific application. You can also visit for more tips on how to best use the compost in your yard.

Is the compost safe to use?

The compost is completely safe to use. The City of Calgary's indoor composting process maintains temperatures high enough to break down material and kill any pathogens.

The compost is tested and is CQA Certified Category A compost which means it is safe to use in any application.

The compost is 100% natural and made up of the food scraps, leaves, branches and yard waste materials Calgarians have been putting in the Green Cart composting program.
Compost Quality Alliance
Compost Council of Canada
Peak Compost

Free mulch for residents

Free mulch is also available at the East Calgary or Spyhill landfill locations. There is no charge, but quantities may be limited. For residents only, no commercial customers allowed.

Residents are responsible for loading mulch into their own vehicle. The mulch can be used around evergreens, for yard and garden use, and is helpful for water retention and weed control.

Note: The mulch is acidic and may affect tender annuals such as plants and flowers. Consult with your local greenhouse for more information.