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Waste and Recycling Education Resources

Waste & Recycling Services has a variety of educational programming to meet your needs. Whether you're a teacher, a community group or a business, we have a passionate team who will share with you the reason why your garbage is just too good to waste.

School tours of landfills and recycling sorting facility

School Tours Landfill Materials Recycling Facility

Fun, educational, and eye-opening, let one of our educators escort your class on an unforgettable tour of a landfill or recycling sorting facility.

Through first-hand experience and activity-based programming, your class will gain an understanding and appreciation for Calgary's waste reduction and diversion efforts.

The tours will cover these exciting topics:

Landfill management

Get closer to a landfill operation and see what Calgarians throw away on an average day.

Reduce, reuse and recycle

Focusing on the three R's emphasizes reducing, before reusing and recycling.


See where leaves and pumpkins are turned back into soil at our outdoor compost pad.

Please note: The tours are full for the 2014-2015 school year. Please visit us in June 2015 to book tours for the 2015-2016 school year.

Presentations and trade show booths

Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) public presentation

MRF Public Presentation

What happens to the materials you toss in your blue cart? Discover why Calgary's recycling sorting facility is among the largest and most automated plants in North America.

We'll introduce the sorting process from start to finish in a highly visual step-by-step presentation for you and your group.

When: Monday to Friday, afternoons
How long: 45 minutes to one hour
Capacity: We require at least 10 people to run the presentation (30 people maximum)

To book this presentation, please contact 311.

Green Calgary presentations

Green Calgary also offers in-class presentations for waste-related curriculum. Please contact Green Calgary by calling 403-230-1443 ext. 288 or email for more information.

Lunch and learns

Lunch and Learns WRS Educational Presentations

At our place or yours, we can help make your next lunch hour a learning opportunity. We'll provide a tailored presentation for your office staff or community group about waste diversion and reduction.

When: Available year-round
How long: 45 minutes to one hour

To book a lunch and learn, please contact 311.

English as a Second Language presentation

Know someone who is new to Calgary? We can help.

An English as a Second Language (ESL) presentation will introduce newcomers to Calgary's waste and recycling services and programs. We provide step-by-step instruction about how to recycle, what goes where, and why proper waste diversion is important.

This hands-on, participatory presentation is formatted for groups with varying English speaking-ability.

When: Available year-round
How long: 45 minutes to one hour

To book an ESL presentation, please contact 311.

Trade shows and booths

Waste & Recycling Trade Shows Booths

We would love to attend your next environment or eco fair, trade show or Earth Day event whether it's indoors or outside.

Our materials and approach are suitable for various occasions and audiences.

To request a trade show booth staffed by our educators, please contact 311.

Waste and recycling facts/graphs

Recycling stats

  • Thanks to the efforst of Calgarians, we've recycled more than 410 million kilograms of materials in the last six years through blue carts and community recycling depots (July 2009 - July 2015).
  • Since the Blue Cart program began in Calgary and community recycling depots switched to no-sort recycling, Calgarians have increased recycling by about 70 per cent. As a result, we have saved over 20,000 garbage trucks worth of materials from being buried in the landfill.

The Blue Cart program also enjoys overwhelming support from residents:

What's in Calgary's garbage?

Other recycling and disposal information

Learn more about the Green Cart pilot