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Garbage, recycling and composting collection for festivals and events

Whether your festival is big or small, Waste & Recycling Services can help you collect all of your garbage, recycling and composting.

Below you will find more information about how we can tailor our services to your needs, from carts to roll-off bins and what guidelines those services require.

How to arrange for City service

If you are ​interested in our collection services, the first step is to apply to Event Services. Event Services provides a one-stop approach for festivals, concerts and events that take place on City of Calgary land.

Event Services can answer your questions about liquor licenses, food vendors, lighting, fireworks, permits, security, power, stages, bleachers and more.

Once you have applied to Event Services and indicated you would like City service, a representative from Waste & Recycling Services will contact you to discuss your festival or event's collection needs.

What services does Waste & Recycling Services offer for events and festivals?

We can tailor our services for all sizes of events and festivals. We can offer any combination of blue, green and black carts for recyclables, food waste and garbage. We also offer roll-off bins in sizes of 20, 30, and 40 cubic metres.

We operate seven days a week, so whether your event is on a weekday, weekend or a holiday, we have you covered. For more details, download ourbrochure.

Blue, green and black carts

We can set up recycling, composting and waste stations along with signage at your festival or event.

We can collect separated recyclables and food waste as well as garbage. The more you divert through recycling and composting, the more you save. When you contact us, ask about our current pricing.

Preventing contamination

As part of this service, the stations must be manned by a staff member or volunteer to prevent contamination.

Our team of public educators is available to train your staff and volunteers to make sure people attending your event put their waste in the right place.

Roll-off bins

If you choose to use roll-off bins for your event, they are available in three sizes.

Bin sizes available

  • 20 cubic yard bin: 21 feet long x 7.5 feet wide x 4 feet 10 inches tall
  • 30 cubic yard bin: 20 feet long x 8 feet wide x 6.5 feet tall
  • 40 cubic yard bin: 22.5 feet long x 8 feet wide x 7.5 feet tall

Additional resources

We've created a suite of tools that can be used to support event organizers working towards zero waste