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Leaf & Pumpkin Composting Program

The 2015 Leaf & Pumpkin Composting Program is now closed. Thank you for your participation.

The yard waste will be composted rather than thrown away in the landfill. This will help reduce greenhouse gases and create compost to help plants grow. This program is for residents only.

Why use paper yard waste bags?

We encourage you to use paper yard waste bags instead of plastic bags. Leaves and pumpkins will be accepted in plastic bags, but paper bags are preferred. Paper bags are available at many local yard and garden stores.

  • 100% compostable
    Because these bags are made of paper, they are completely compostable along with the leaves and pumpkins, leaving no waste behind.
  • More efficient
    Paper yard waste bags help streamline the composting process without the added step of opening plastic bags to compost the leaves and pumpkins.

What can I do after the program ends?

You are welcome to take your leaves and pumpkins to the three City landfills, but the normal yard waste rate will apply once the program ends. For more information, visit Calgary Landfill Locations and Hours.

Why is the Leaf & Pumpkin Composting Program important?

Yard waste makes up almost 1/3 of the garbage from an average home. This takes up landfill space and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. The Leaf & Pumpkin Composting Program brings in more than two million kilograms of waste that would otherwise end up in the landfill.

When waste is compacted tightly in the landfill, it can't break down into soil or compost. Instead, it releases carbon dioxide and methane gas - a greenhouse gas that is 21 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.

By composting your leaves and pumpkins, you help:

  • Decrease our landfill use
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Turn waste into useful compost
  • Help collection crews during peak times of the year

We also encourage you to compost your own leaves and pumpkins, which are excellent material for your backyard composter. For more information, visit our backyard composting page.

What do we do with the finished compost?

Material created by composting leaves and pumpkins as well as our other composting programs including the upcoming Green Cart program is made available to the public. See more about what happens to composted materials.

Too good to waste

This video explains how a landfill works and why turning your yard waste into nutrient-rich compost is the best option. You can also find more information at Why Composting is a Better Solution.