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Green cart - Food and yard waste pilot

Residents in Abbeydale, Brentwood, Cougar Ridge and Southwood are participating in a green cart composting pilot where they can put their food and yard waste into a green cart for collection. The City picks up the green bins every week and the contents are turned into high-quality compost rather than going to the landfill.

The City is planning to build a large-scale, indoor/outdoor composting facility on the Shepard Landfill site to support a city-wide Green Cart composting program in 2017. Learn more about the facility.

What's the problem if an apple core is buried in the landfill?

Watch a video that explains how a landfill works and why turning food and yard waste into nutrient-rich compost for gardens, parks and farms is better than burying it in a landfill.


Where can I buy more compostable bags?

Compostable bags are available at grocery stores, as well as drug and home improvement stores, usually in the same aisle as garbage bags. Some of the stores that carry compostable bags include the following:

Look for the logo. To be sure you are purchasing the right bags look for one of these logos on the box.
Look for the logo. To be sure you are purchasing the right bags look for one of these logos on the box.
  • Canadian Superstore
  • Canadian Tire
  • Safeway
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Walmart

View a list of certified compostable brands and retailers.

What are some other ways to line the kitchen pail?

Reuse newspaper or flyers: You can make a kitchen pail liner from sheets of newspaper or flyers. To fold your newspaper so it fits nicely into the pail, check out the step-by-step folding instructions or watch our video on Facebook.

When are my carts collected?

Check out the collection calendar for your pilot community.

Moving? Leave your kitchen pail and green cart for the next residents.

If you are a tenant, a landlord, or selling your home and moving please rinse out your green bin and kitchen pail and leave at the house for the next residents. The containers were provided at no charge and are intended to stay with the property.

Why are we doing a green cart pilot?

While Calgary is recycling more than ever, food and yard waste still makes up nearly 60 percent of residential garbage going to landfills. Diverting this material is our greatest opportunity to reduce landfill use, cut greenhouse gases and create valuable compost.

Learn more:

Transforming Government one green cart at a time

Transforming Government Green Cart

The Green Cart pilot program has been selected as an example of Transforming Government in action. The pilot is using the feedback and experience from residents to help inform and refine recommendations for a city-wide Green Cart program.

Do you have a question for the green cart team?

If you have any questions or want to share your green cart experiences, we'd love to hear from you. Connect with us on Facebook or email greencart@calgary.ca.

We are collecting the most frequently asked questions we hear from Calgarians and are providing answers to them on our frequently asked questions page.