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Blue cart recycling

The City of Calgary provides Blue Cart recycling to single family residential homes.

Blue carts are collected weekly on the same day as green carts. Set your cart out by 7:00 a.m. on your collection day.

Bundle plastic bags together in a single bag and tie closed before recycling. For the rest of your recyclables, put them loose in your bin.

Extra bags are not accepted – all recyclables must be in the cart.

Save extra items for the next week or take them to a community recycling depot. For more tips, see Using Your Blue Cart.

Keep your danglers and tanglers out of the blue cart

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Dangler items like garden hoses, electrical cords and rope make a total mess at the recycling facility. They end up wrapping around all the good recyclables creating a giant ‘hairball’ that stops the sorting line and is a real hazard to clean up. Put broken cords and hoses into your black cart as garbage.

What can go in your Blue Cart

Find your pickup day

For holiday changes, see our holiday schedule.

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  • Select Get a calendar
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  • Add an online calendar
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  • Select Get a reminder
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  • Add your contact details

Using your Blue 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 Blue Cart Program

Who receives a cart?

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

Blue Cart fee

Monthly Rate 2019
Blue Cart Fee ($ per 30 days) $8.80

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, sorting and processing of material as well as education and program support.

To learn more, visit Residential Waste Rates.

How recycling works

Through our Blue Cart program and community recycling depots, we've recycled more than 579 million kilograms (July 2009 - July 2018).

When your items are picked up from your blue cart, they go to a recycling sorting facility. People and machines sort all the mixed recyclables into different types of materials, bale them and ship them to markets where they will be made into new products.

In 2017, some items were impacted by the changes in the Chinese recycling sector and put into storage. In 2018, new manufacturers were found in other markets to accept recyclables as well as to clear out the backlog of stored items from 2017.

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.