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Black Cart garbage collection

The City of Calgary provides black cart garbage collection to single family homes.

Black carts are collected every two weeks.

Set your cart out by 7 a.m. on your collection day.

Our bins can hold up to 60 kg of material or four standard garbage bags. Set extra bags one foot to the side of the cart.

For more tips, see Using Your Black Cart.

Put your waste in the right place

As you are cleaning up your yard and garage this fall, follow these tips:

  • Extra leaves belong in the green cart! Garbage bags filled with leaves will not be picked up.
  • Broken garden hoses and electrical cords go in the black cart.
  • Take used chemicals and propane tanks to a household hazardous waste drop-off​.

Find your pickup day

For holiday changes, see our holiday schedule.

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What can go in your Black Cart

Using your Black Cart

Customer self-service

Report a missed collection

Request cart for a new home

Report a missing or damaged cart

Please call 311 to report a broken or missing cart.

For more details, see Replacing Your Cart.

About Black Cart Program

Who receives a cart?

We provide black carts to single family homes up to four units, as long as they are not part of an apartment or condominium.

Black Cart fee

Monthly Rate 2020
Black Cart Fee ($ per 30 days) $6.85

Your monthly cart program fees are not a "per-collection" fee but cover all the components of the residential cart programs, including providing carts to Calgarians, pickup from your home, disposing of material as well as education and program support.

Black cart service is moving from property tax support to a user fee on your bill. To learn more, visit Residential Waste Rates.

A tag-a-bag program for excess garbage has been approved by City Council which will require buying tags to put on extra garbage bags for pick up.

More details about the program will be shared before it begins in mid-2020. If you are aware of illegal dumping, please contact 311 to report the issue.

How landfills work

When your black cart garbage is picked up, it is taken to one of three City of Calgary landfills for disposal.

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Other disposal options

Take your residential waste to one of three landfill sites.
Find a community recycling bin location near you.
Recycle your old and unused electronics for free.
Dispose of household hazardous waste at our drop-off locations.