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Green Cart compost giveaway

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

  • When: Saturday May 5, 12, 19 and 26
  • Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Location: Calgary Composting Facility - 12111 68 Street SE - See driving directions.
  • Cost: FREE for Calgary residents.

No trailers allowed at the event.

Residents can line up for the event five minutes prior to the start of the event at 9:00 a.m. Vehicles will be turned away prior to this time. Do not stop on the side of the road or impede traffic while waiting for the event to start.

The giveaways are busiest in the morning - please come in the afternoon to avoid the rush.

Green Cart Compost Giveaway

How the compost giveaway works

What to bring with you:

This is a self-serve event - you must bring the following with you:
  • Shovel
  • Gloves
  • Containers to hold compost (for example: buckets, tubs, etc.)
  • Tarps - if you are loading compost into a trunk or truck bed, your load must be secure and covered before leaving the event
How much compost can I take?

You can take up to 100 litres of compost per vehicle. The compost must be shoveled into your containers or vehicle (no mechanical equipment is allowed for loading).

You can use a standard residential vehicle like a car or truck. No trailers or commercial vehicles are allowed.

Vehicles may visit once per day per giveaway date.

20 Litre Example Compost Giveaway
Five 20 litre (five gallon) buckets filled with compost (appoximate size 12" x 15")

50 Litre Example Compost Giveaway
Two 50 litre plastic tubs filled with compost (approximate size is 24" x 16" x 12")

Compost in Truck Load Example Compost Giveaway
Remember to bring tarps to line your vehicle and to cover open loads before leaving the facility

Can I pick up mulch or drop off garbage to the Shepard Landfill at the same time?
The compost area does not accept garbage or other materials. For available disposal options, please see our Landfill Locations and Hours.
Free mulch is available only 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.

What happens if there is bad weather on the day of the giveaway?

The compost giveaway will take place rain, snow or shine.

How long will it take to pick up compost?

Calgarians are very excited for the opportunity to receive compost and we expect high demand at each of the compost giveaway dates. Mornings tend to be busier so we suggest coming later in the day to pick up compost. We appreciate your patience during the pickup process.

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