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Fall yard waste cleanup options

Cleaning up your yard is easier than ever this fall with your green cart.

  • Always fill your green cart first. Yard waste can be put loose inside the cart.
  • Fill up paper yard waste bags if your green cart is full. Roll yard waste bags closed.
    • Yard waste in plastic bags set out with the green cart will not be picked up.
  • Extra branches can also be tied in bundles with natural fibre string (e.g. cotton, twine, jute).
    • Branches must be less than 15 cm (six inches) in diameter and 1.25 m (four feet) in length.
  • Place extra bags and bundled branches at least 30 cm (1 foot) to the side of your green cart for collection.

Please note that the Leaf & Pumpkin composting program has ended. There will be no community drop-offs for yard waste.

See more tips for collecting yard waste in your green cart.


Yard waste bag placement

Make sure there is enough room around your carts on collection day. Place extra yard waste bags at least 1 foot (30 cm) to the side of your cart.

During the busy fall season, we will collect material in green carts, but may limit the number of extra paper yard waste bags that are picked up to ensure everyone gets service. If some of your extra bags are not picked up, please store them on your property until next week's collection.



The City of Calgary will also be offering a Fall Yard Waste program from September 29 to October 29, 2017. Residents can bring yard waste for free composting during this time.

Check landfill hours before you go

Spyhill
69 St. and 112 Ave. N.W.
East Calgary
17 Ave. and 68 St. S.E.
Shepard
114 Ave. and 68 St. S.E.
Saturday Open Open Closed
Sunday Closed Open Closed

On Weekdays:

Spyhill
69 St. and 112 Ave. N.W.
East Calgary
17 Ave. and 68 St. S.E.
Shepard
114 Ave. and 68 St. S.E.
Monday Closed Open Closed
Tuesday Closed Open Open
Wednesday Open Closed Open
Thursday Open Closed Open
Friday Open Closed Open

For faster service, visit the landfill on a weekday or before 9 a.m. on Saturday or Sunday when wait times are shorter.

Yard waste
 

What can you bring?

  • Make sure your load only contains yard waste like leaves, branches, plants and grass clippings.
  • Do not bring sod or food waste - it can't be composted in this program.
  • Plant roots should be free of soil.

Please note: if your load contains sod, food waste or other garbage, there will be a cost.

How to prepare your yard waste

Put yard waste in paper yard waste bags or left loose. If you use plastic bags, you will be asked to empty them at the composting pad at the landfill. Please cover and secure loads of loose yard waste before transporting.

What is the cost?

This program is free for residential customers only. There is no charge for dropping off residential yard waste during the program unless you bring other garbage at the same time. Commercial customers with yard waste will be subject to regular landfill fees.

Why isn't sod or food waste accepted in the Fall Yard Waste program?

The yard waste material is taken directly to the outdoor composting pads at City landfills and is not able to process this material. You can put sod or food waste into your green cart (material from the green cart program goes to the indoor organics facility).

What happens to the collected yard waste?

Yard waste collected from our seasonal programs are composted at outdoor windrows located at the City landfills. See more about what happens to composted materials.

Can yard waste be put out with my green cart?

Yes, fill up your green cart first and put extra yard waste into paper yard waste bags.

Extra branches can also be tied in bundles with natural fibre string (e.g. cotton, twine, jute). Branches must be less than 15 cm (six inches) in diameter and 1.25 m (four feet) in length.

Why would I want to use the Fall Yard Waste program?

The Fall Yard Waste program is helpful if:

  • You want to get rid of your extra yard waste quicker
  • Save on paper yard waste bags and bring yard waste directly to landfill for composting
  • For larger tree branches and tree trunks that do not fit the Green Cart program.

Can I do my own composting?

Absolutely. Our composting page has information to help get you started.

Can I bring yard waste to the landfill for composting at other times of year?

Yes. All of our landfills accept yard waste year-round; however, the yard waste rate applies at other times of year - See our landfill rates.​​​​​​​​​​​​