All food and yard waste is accepted in the green cart, including many materials that are unsuitable for backyard composting.
Yes! All these items can go in your green cart.
Meat, fish, shellfish and bones
Bread, noodles, rice, beans and grains
Eggshells and dairy products
Jams, sauces, salad dressings and cooking oil
Pastries, cookies, cakes and muffins
Nuts, seeds, chips, popcorn and candy
Coffee filters and tea bags
Branches and prunings
15 cm in diameter)
*The City of Calgary encourages residents to leave grass clippings on the lawn. Clippings will quickly decompose returning valuable nutrients to the soil. Leaving the clippings on the lawn saves you time and is less work than placing them in the green cart.
Pet fur, hair or feathers
Animal bedding (e.g. from pet cages)
Wooden popsicle sticks and toothpicks
Kitty litter and pet waste (collected in a compostable or paper bag)
What kind of bags or pail liners can I use in my green cart?
Certified compostable bags
Only bags that have a certified compostable logo can go in the green cart:
Approved compostable bags are made of cornstarch or plant-based materials and are designed to break down quickly and safely at our composting facility.
Please do not use bags marketed as "biodegradable". These bags are not compostable and will contaminate the finished compost.
Newspaper or paper bags
You can also make your own kitchen pail liners out of newspaper or paper bags. See our step-by-step instructions for creating a kitchen pail liner.
To learn more about purchasing compostable bags or other alternatives for lining your kitchen pail, visit compostable bags and liners for green cart.