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How to properly dispose of animals

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 Disposing of animals


Small animal carcases (e.g. birds, mice, fish) can be composted in the green cart.
Larger animal carcasses or parts (e.g. deer, moose, elk and sheep) are accepted at all three City landfills. When you arrive, inform scalehouse staff that you have animal carcasses or parts, so that the animal can be disposed of in a designated area.

A note about cattle:

Most cattle carcasses or parts are accepted at City landfills, however there are some exceptions. Cattle parts that are Specified Risk Materials (SRMs) are not acceptable for disposal at any City landfill. These parts are the skull, brain, trigeminal ganglia (nerves attached to the brain), eyes, tonsils, spinal cord and dorsal root ganglia (nerves attached to the spinal cord) of cattle aged 30 months or older; and the distal ileum (portion of the small intestine) of cattle of all ages. Questions about disposal of SRMs should be directed to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency at 1-800-442-2342.


Coping with the loss of a pet is always difficult. The Calgary Humane Society and many private companies provide animal cremation services.
If none of these options is suitable, pet remains are also accepted at City landfill sites. Please be aware that there are no separate facilities for pets. However, you have the option of leaving your pet with a member of our staff for handling.
Animal carcasses should never be placed in your black cart.

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