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 Yard waste - General

​Compost it

During the annual Spring Yard Waste Drop-off you can take your plants, grass, leaves and other yard waste to any City landfill free of charge. During the Leaf & Pumpkin Composting Program, take your leaves and pumpkins to any of the specially marked drop-off locations or to City landfills. The yard waste is composted at City facilities.

Yard waste is also great material for your backyard composter.

It is quite easy and cost-effective to build your own bin. They are also sold at many home improvement stores and the Green Calgary EcoStore, located at the corner of 14th Street and 2nd Avenue NW. You can contact the EcoStore by calling 403-230-1443 ext. 222 or visit

Learn more about composting

Leaves, branches, grass, stumps and general yard debris are accepted for composting at the East Calgary, Shepard and Spyhill landfills at a reduced rate. Sod and soil are excluded. All materials must be loose, not in plastic bags.

If you take mixed loads of yard waste with garbage to the landfill, basic sanitary waste charges will apply.


Throw it out

You can dispose of lawn clippings and garden waste in your black cart. Clippings and yard waste that don’t fit in the cart must be in tied, standard-size garbage bags for collection.

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