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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.

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 next week or take to a community recycling depot.

Not sure where to put an item? Check What Goes Where.

May 22 update:

The Cascades Recovery sorting facility has resumed operations after dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19. While they will begin accepting materials from The City of Calgary again, sorting will not be at full capacity today. The facility will receive as much material as they are able to process with the staff currently available.

The City will continue to collect blue carts this week. Some materials will be sorted at the Cascades facility, but as they cannot run at full capacity, some material may need to be landfilled. This also affects community recycling depot locations as well.

If you have room in your blue cart you can choose to save your recyclables for a later pickup.

We apologize for any inconvenience during these challenging and unprecedented times. We thank you for your patience as we work to keep employees safe while maintaining blue, green and black cart services for Calgarians.

Please check back on this page regularly for further updates. 

What can go in your Blue Cart

Find your pickup day

For holiday changes, see our holiday schedule.

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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 2020
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 600 million kilograms over the last 10 years.

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.