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Garbage, recycling and composting pickup schedule


Please note the following updates to cart collection to maintain service for Calgarians during COVID-19.

  • Blue cart collectionJune 2 update: Regular recycling operations have resumed at the Cascades Recovery sorting facility.
    • Extra recycling is not accepted. Please hang on to recyclables until your next collection day, when you can fit them into the blue cart.
  • Green carts are collected weekly. If your green cart is full, extra paper yard waste bags can also be set out for collection. Roll the tops of the bags closed.
  • Black carts are collected every other week. If your black cart is full, extra garbage bags can also be set out for collection.
  • Alternatively, please ask your neighbours if they have space in their carts that you could also use.

We thank you for your patience as we work to maintain green, blue and black cart service to every household during this time.

Extra bags

Effective April 21, 2020 - After reviewing safety protocols and best practices, we are resuming the collection of extra bags as your collector can safely pick up extra waste while wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment. This is applicable for extra garbage bags for the black cart and extra paper yard waste bags for the green cart.

During busier periods, we will collect material inside the cart, but may limit the number of extra bags picked up to ensure everyone gets service. If some of your extra bags are not picked up, put them inside your emptied cart or store them on your property until the next week's collection.


Find your pickup day

  • Type your address in the search box.
  • For holiday changes, see the holiday schedule.

Print a calendar

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  • Select Get a calendar
  • You can print a calendar; or
  • Add an online calendar (Google, iCal, Outlook)

Sign up for free reminders

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  • Select Get a reminder
  • Choose type of notice - text, phone, email and more
  • Add your contact details to be sent weekly reminders
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Download the Garbage Day app

Never miss a collection day by downloading the Garbage Day app onto your phone. View your collection schedule on-the-go and set notifications to remind you of your blue, black and green cart collection days.
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Report a missed collection

Please fill out an online service request below:

Black Cart - Missed Collection
Blue Cart - Missed Collection
Green Cart - Missed Collection

Common reasons for missed pickup

Carts not set out by 7 a.m. on collection day.

Our trucks could not access your cart because it was improperly placed or blocked. See how to place your cart.

Unacceptable items were placed in your cart.

For more details, see Missed Collection.


Using your Black Cart

When are they collected?
Black carts are picked up once every two weeks. Set your cart out by 7 a.m. on your collection day.

Can I use extra bags?
Yes, you can put out extra garbage bags 0.5 m (2 ft) to the side of the cart.

How much can I put in the cart?
Carts hold up to 60 kg of material or four standard garbage bags.

What can I put in the cart?
See what items can go in your black cart.

Using your Green Cart

When are they collected?
  • Green carts are picked up weekly in the spring and every other week in the fall. They are collected on the same day as the blue cart.
  • Set carts out by 7 a.m. on your collection day.

Can I use extra bags?
You can put out extra paper yard waste bags 0.5 m (2 ft) to the side of the cart.

How much can I put in the cart?
Carts can hold 60 kg of material - paper yard waste bags have a 20 kg weight limit.

What can I put in the cart?
See what items can go in your Green Cart.

Using your Blue Cart

When are they collected?
Blue carts are picked up every week on the same day as Green Cart. Set carts out by 7 a.m. on your collection day.

Can I use extra bags?
No, extra bags are not accepted. Save items for the next week or take them to a community recycling depot.

How do I prepare items?
Bundle plastic bags together into one plastic bag. For the rest of your items, put them loose in your cart - for more details, see Using Your Blue Cart.

What can I put in the cart?
See what items can go in your Blue Cart.