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Yard waste cleanup options

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

Filling your green cart

  • Always fill your green cart first - put yard waste loose inside the cart.
  • If your green cart is full, fill paper yard waste bags and roll the tops of the bags closed.
Yard waste in plastic bags 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 spring 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.

Green Cart Compost Giveaway
Make sure there is enough room around your carts on collection day. Place extra yard waste bags one foot to the side of your cart.
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Spring yard waste drop-off at City landfills - April 16 to May 27, 2018

Residents can also bring extra yard waste to a City landfill for FREE.

Please note: Community leaf drop-off locations are no longer available. Please use your Green Cart or bring to a City landfill.

Commercial customers with yard waste will also be subject to regular landfill fees at City landfills. Commercial loads are not accepted at Shepard.

On Weekends:

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 Open Open Closed
Tuesday Open Open Throw 'N' Go
Wednesday Open Open Throw 'N' Go
Thursday Open Open Throw 'N' Go
Friday Open Open Throw 'N' Go

For faster service, we suggest visiting the landfill on a weekday or before 9 a.m. on weekends when wait times are shorter. For more details, including our hours of operation, visit Landfill Locations and Hours and Landfill Throw 'N' Go.

Spring yard waste questions and answers

What free 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 or 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.

What is the cost?

The Spring Yard Waste drop-off 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.

Why isn't sod or food waste accepted 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).

Can I bring yard waste to the landfill other times of the 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.

Free mulch for residents

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. For residents only, no commercial customers allowed.
 
Residents 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.