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Green Cart Food and Yard Waste program

The City of Calgary provides Green Cart food and yard waste collection to single family homes.

Green carts are currently collected weekly on the same day as blue carts. Please set your cart out by 7 a.m. on your collection day.

Our bins hold up to 60 kg of waste. Set extra paper yard waste bags one foot to the side of the cart. Find compostable bags and liners.

For more tips, see Using Your Green Cart.

There is no pick up on Christmas Day or New Year's Day for single-family homes

If your green cart collection normally falls on one of these days, your collection day will be one day earlier these weeks:

  • Christmas Day (Tuesday, December 25, 2018) pick up will move to Monday, December 24, 2018
  • New Year's Day (Tuesday, January 1, 2019) pick up will move to Monday, December 31, 2018


Find your pickup day

For holiday changes, see our holiday schedule and green cart seasonal schedule.

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What can go in your Green Cart



Using your Green Cart



Customer self-service

Report a missed collection

Request cart for a new home

Report a missing or damaged cart

Please call 311 to report a broken or missing cart.

For more details, see Replacing Your Cart.


About Green Cart Program

Who receives a cart?

We provide green carts to single family homes up to four units, as long as they are not part of an apartment or condominium.

Can I get a replacement kitchen pail?

The City does not provide replacement pails. You can purchase kitchen pails at any big box or hardware retailer. You can also reuse any container with a lid that seals, such as an ice cream pail.

Green Cart fee

Homes that receive green cart service are billed the $8.65 per month Green Cart Fee on their ENMAX bill.

For more information on how The City of Calgary sets green cart rates, see Residential Waste Rates.

Monthly Rate 2019
Green Cart Fee ($ per 30 days) $8.65

How composting works

The Calgary Composting Facility is the largest of its kind in Canada. The facility produces high quality compost collected from the green cart program and the biosolids program.


Take an online tour of the facility and learn how composting works.


Other disposal options

Take your residential waste to one of three landfill sites.
Find a community recycling bin location near you.
Recycle your old and unused electronics for free.
Dispose of household hazardous waste at our drop-off locations.