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How the Green Cart program works

Green cart rollout begins in spring 2017

Green carts will be delivered quadrant by quadrant starting in spring 2017. All eligible homes should have Green Cart service by fall 2017. More details on the rollout schedule will be shared in early 2017.

Who's eligible for Green Cart service?

All single-family homes (up to and including fourplexes) will receive green carts.

Live in an apartment or condo? Learn about upcoming food and yard waste diversion requirements for multi-family complexes.

What will residents receive?

When carts are delivered, residents will receive everything they need to get started. This includes the following:

  • Green cart - the same size as the blue cart
  • Kitchen pail to collect food scraps inside the home
  • Starter supply of compostable bags to line the kitchen pail
  • Starter supply of paper yard waste bags to use for extra yard waste that doesn't fit inside the cart
  • Instruction guide and collection schedule

How does the program work?

Based on the success of the pilot, the city-wide program will be similar:

  • All food, yard waste and pet waste is accepted in the green cart. See a full list of what can go in the green cart.
  • Extra yard waste can be put in paper yard waste bags and it will get collected too. Please ensure your green cart is full first.

Get easy step-by-step instructions and tips for using your green cart.

How often will carts be collected?

  • Green carts and blue carts will be picked up every week on the same day. Since the majority of household waste is compostable and may smell, this material will be picked up once a week.
  • Black carts will be picked up once every two weeks on a different day since more than half of our garbage is compostable material that can go in your green cart.

Green cart collection scheduleGet free reminders so you never miss a collection day:

View your collection schedule online and sign-up to receive free reminders when it's time to put out your carts.

How much will households pay?

All eligible homes should have Green Cart service by fall 2017 and will not pay for the service for the remainder of 2017. Starting in January 2018, households will pay $6.50/month.

What happens to the savings from changing Black Cart garbage collection?

Residential garbage collection (pick-up only) is supported by your property taxes. The savings achieve by changing Black Cart collection to once every two weeks will be invested into the Green Cart program to reduce the monthly rate to $6.50/month.

The Waste Management Charge on your utility bill (ENMAX) is for the costs of disposing and managing residential garbage at The City's three landfills.

What happens to the food and yard waste after it's collected?

All of the food and yard waste collected through the program will be composted at a large-scale indoor composting facility located at the Shepard Waste Management Facility.

What happens to the finished compost?

Most of the compost will be sold in bulk to companies such as landscape soil blenders, compost baggers and farmers. The proceeds from the sale of the compost help reduce the processing costs and lower the program fee.

Some of the compost will be made available to the community for free.​​