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What goes in your green cart?

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.

Plate scrapings
Meat, fish, shellfish and bones
Fruits and vegetables
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
Paper plates and napkins
Coffee filters and tea bags
Plants and weeds
Branches and prunings
(less than
15 cm in diameter)
Grass clippings* and sod

*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.

Cotton balls
Kleenex and tissue paper
Kleenex Tissue Paper 
Dryer lint
Pet fur, hair or feathers
Animal bedding (e.g. from pet cages)
Animal Bedding 
Wooden popsicle sticks and toothpicks
Popsicle Sticks 
Kitty litter and pet waste (collected in a compostable or paper bag)
Animal Bedding 

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:

Compostable Bag Logos
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.