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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 can hold up to 60 kg of material. 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.

Green Cart collection changes coming this winter

Starting the week of November 6, 2018, green cart pickup dates will be changing.

During the winter, your green cart will be picked up every second week.

To learn more, see Green Cart Seasonal Changes.



Find your pickup day

For holiday changes, see our holiday schedule.

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What can go in your Green Cart



Using your Green Cart



Customer self-service

Report a missed collection


Common reasons for missed pickup:

  • Carts not set out by 7 a.m. on collection day
  • Trucks could not access your cart
  • Unacceptable items placed in cart
For more details, see Missed Collection.
Request cart for a new home


When to request a new cart:

  • You are moving into a newly built home
  • Send your request 14 days before move-in
  • Carts are provided at no charge
  • Carts are delivered to your home
For more details, see Requesting a New Cart.
Report a missing or damaged cart

Please call 311 to report a broken or missing cart.

When to report a broken cart:

  • The lid is missing including hinges
  • The lid doesn't cover your items
  • The body of the cart is cracked
  • The wheels are missing or cart can't stand
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 monthly fee

Homes with green cart service see the $6.50 per month Green Cart Program Charge on their ENMAX bill.

Monthly Rate 2018
Green Cart Program Charge ($ per 30 days) $6.50

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.