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Why Composting?

More than half of the garbage from Calgary homes is made up of food and yard waste. Composting this material is an important step in leading our community towards zero waste.

Doesn't my waste break down in the landfill?

You may think when food and yard waste goes in the landfill that it breaks down quickly and becomes a part of the soil, but that's not what happens. Watch a quick video to understand how a landfill works and why turning food and yard waste into nutrient-rich compost for gardens, parks and farms is a better solution than burying it in a landfill.

Why green carts?

Sample of finished compost

Green carts have proven to be effective in diverting food and yard waste with garbage dropping 40 per cent in the pilot communities. On a city-wide basis, that would translate into over 85 million kilograms of annual waste being turned into useful compost for our gardens, parks and farms instead of taking up valuable space in the landfill.

By using your green bin, you can:

  • Reduce dependence on our landfills.
  • Reduce greenhouse gases.
  • Turn food and yard waste into useful compost.