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Fall yard waste cleanup options

It's easy to clean up your yard this fall with your green cart.

Filling your green cart

  • Always fill your green cart first – yard waste can go loose or in paper yard waste bags in the cart.
  • If your green cart is full, fill paper yard waste bags. Roll the tops of the bags closed to prevent spills and allow your collector to pick up the bags properly.
Yard waste in any type of plastic bag will not be collected. Please empty yard waste into the green cart or transfer into paper yard waste bags.

Extra yard waste bags and branches

  • Tie extra branches into bundles with natural fibre string
  • Make sure branches are less than six inches in diameter and four feet in length
  • Place extra paper yard waste bags and bundled branches at least one foot to the side of your green cart
During the busy yard season, we will collect material in green carts, but may limit the number of extra paper yard waste bags we pick up to make sure everyone gets service.

If some of your extra bags are not picked up, please store them on your property until the next week's collection. For more yard waste tips, see our Using Your Green Cart page.

Weight restrictions

  • Carts have a 60 kg weight limit. If you can easily roll the cart, it should be ok.
  • Paper yard waste bags have a 20 kg weight limit. Make sure bags are rolled up and can be easily lifted.
Please note: Community leaf drop-off locations are no longer available. Use your green cart or bring extra material to a City landfill (landfill charges will apply).

Green Cart Placement

Make sure your green cart and extra bags are not too heavy. If the cart can be rolled easily, that should be ok.

Disposing of extra yard waste at City landfills

If you have extra yard waste, you can bring it to a City landfill for composting. Charges will apply.

This is useful for residential households that would like to dispose of extra material quicker or for yard waste that is too large for your green cart.

What yard waste can I bring to a City landfill?

  • Your load should only contain yard waste like leaves, branches, plants and grass clippings.
  • We do not accept sod food waste as they cannot be composted in this program.
  • Please shake soil off of plants and roots.
If your load contains sod, food waste or other garbage, you will be charged the basic garbage (sanitary) rate and the material will go to the landfill.

How to prepare your yard waste

Put yard waste in paper yard waste bags or leave it loose. If you use plastic bags, you will have to empty them at the composting pad or bin at the landfill. Please cover and secure your loads of yard waste before transporting.

Why isn't sod or food waste accepted for composting at City landfills?

The yard waste material collected through this program is taken directly to the outdoor composting pads at City landfills. These compost pads are not permitted to accept food waste and cannot process sod.

You can put sod or food waste into your green cart (material from the green cart program goes to the indoor composting facility that can process these materials).

Free mulch

Some larger yard waste branches are chipped into mulch. Calgarians can help themselves to the mulch by visiting the Spyhill Landfill or the East Calgary Landfill. There is no charge, but quantities may be limited. Mulch is available for both residential and commercial customers.
Calgarians are responsible for loading mulch into their own vehicle.
The mulch can be used around evergreens, for yard and garden use, and is helpful for water retention and weed control.
Note: The mulch is acidic and may affect tender annuals such as plants and flowers. Consult your local greenhouse for more information.