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Green Cart Pilot Communities

Using the Green Cart

Green cart pilot still underway

Residents in Abbeydale, Brentwood, Cougar Ridge and Southwood are taking part in a composting pilot where they can put their food and yard waste into a green cart for collection. We pick up the green bins every week and the contents are turned into high-quality compost.

In mid-2017, green bins will be rolled out to all single family homes across the city. Learn more about the city-wide Green Cart Program and rollout.

When are my carts collected?

Find your black, blue and green bin collection schedule - visit our Garbage and Recycling Day Schedule.

Where can I buy more compostable bags?

You can find bags compostable bags at grocery stores, and drug and home improvement stores, usually in the same aisle as garbage bags.

You can also reuse newspaper or flyers to line your kitchen pail. Check out the step-by-step folding instructions.

Using your green cart

New to the Green Cart pilot program? Learn more about using your green cart:

Moving? Leave your cart behind. If you are moving please rinse out your green bin and kitchen pail and leave for the next residents. Just like your blue or black carts, the green carts stay with your property.

If your cart is missing or damaged beyond repair, please contact 311.

Why is it important to divert food and yard from the landfill?

While we are recycling more than ever, food and yard waste makes up more than half of household garbage. This material is too good to waste and diverting this material is our greatest opportunity to reduce our use of landfills, cut greenhouse gases and create valuable compost. Learn more below:

Do you have a question for the Green Cart team?

If you have any questions or want to share your green cart experiences email us at

We are collecting the most frequently asked questions we hear from Calgarians and are providing answers to them on our Green Cart FAQ page.​