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Acceptable compostable bags and liners

Using a compost bag is a great way to keep your kitchen pail and green cart clean, as well as reduce odours and pests. While bagging is helpful, it is not required.
NOTE: For the safety of your collector, the following items must be bagged: pet waste, kitty litter, animal bedding, sawdust and wood shavings, and cold barbeque or fireplaces ashes​.

If you choose to use a liner, here are some options:

1. Certified compostable bags

When buying compostable bags, look for one of the following certified compostable logos on the box. The bags will usually be tinted (green, brown etc.) and will have the certified compostable logo(s) printed directly on the bag.

Here are some examples of certified compostable bags carried by retailers in Calgary. This is not a complete list - contact your preferred location to confirm product availability.​

NOTE: Calgary Co-op checkout till bags are ok to use in the green cart.​

Compostable Bag Logos  
BPI logo  

Pet waste compostable bags
Locations available
Bon A-Pet-Treat! Pet store and bakery Paws Pet Food & Accessories
​Calgary Co-o​p​ PAWSitively Natural
Canadian Tire Pet Valu
Dexter's - Your Local Pet Shop
​​Rascals Pet Supplies
Doodle Dogs ​​​Sunnyside Natural Market
Dream Dog Boutique Tail Blazers
Global Pet Foods
The Bone & Biscuit Co.
​​Green Calgary Eco-Store ​​Unleashed
Brands Available
BioBag dog waste bags Earth Rated dog waste bags (white bags only)
BioDOGradable pet waste bags SCHŒP
LEAF dog waste bags
Paper yard waste bags​​
Locations available
Canadian Tire No Frills
Costco Rexall
Home Depot Save on Foods
London Drugs Shoppers Drug Mart
Lowes Superstore
Giant Tiger Walmart
Kitchen pail liners
Locations available
Box/No Frills Pharmasave
Canadian Tire Planet Organic
Community Natural Foods​ Rexall
Calgary Co-op (including certified compostable bag available at checkout till) Rona
Costco (including certified compostable bag available at meat counter) Safeway​
Dollarama Save on Foods
Giant Tiger Shoppers Drug Mart
Green Calgary Eco-Store Sobeys
​​Home Depot Staples
Italian Supermarket Sunnyside Natural Market
Lee Valley Superstore
London Drugs Walmart
Brands available
  • Al-Pack Compostable
  • 9.8 L Mini Food Waste Bags
  • 46.5 L Tall bin liner
  • Giant Value
  • Small liner bag
  • Tall compostable bag
  • Bag to Earth
  • Small lined paper bag
  • Large lined paper bag
  • Large lined paper bag
  • Great Value
  • 7.5 L Small bin liner
  • Bag to Nature
  • Leaf and yard waste bag (extra large)
  • Glad Compostable OdourShield
  • 9.84 L small quick tie
  • Tall compostable bag
  • Compostable lawn and leaf bag
  • Biosak
  • Small liner bag
  • Tall compostable bag
  • Yard waste bag
  • ​Green lid
  • Compostable compost bin
  • Compliments Green Care
  • Small lined kitchen food waste bag (tie handles)
  • Tall compostable bag (tie handles)
  • Hercules
  • 7.5 L standard food waste bags
  • Ecosafe
  • Yard and garden bags
  • LEAF kitchen bags
  • Small kitchen bag
  • Tall kitchen bag
  • If You Care
  • 11.4 L Food waste bags
  • 49.2 L Tall kitchen bags
  • No name
  • Kitchen bags
  • Frank
  • 7.5 L Small waste bags
  • 46.5 L Tall waste bags
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Extra kitchen compost pails

Put indoor compost pails in other rooms in your home beyond the kitchen – wherever you have a garbage bin, add an extra compost pail to make it easy to compost foods scraps.

You can purchase compost bins at hardware and big box stores like Canadian Tire, London Drugs, Lowes and Home Depot.

You can also reuse any container with a lid like an ice cream bucket.

The City of Calgary does not provide replacement kitchen pails.


2. Flyers and Newspapers

Follow our quick kitchen pail liner guide to make a flyer/newspaper liner at home. For best results, use 3-4 sheets of large newsprint. The newspaper along with the food waste can go directly into the green cart.


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3. Paper food bags

A​ll plain paper bags are compostable and can go directly in the green cart. Paper bags are not required to have the certified compostable logos on them.

  • Reuse fast food bags or brown paper grocery bags as a liner in your kitchen pail.
  • Purchase paper kitchen pail liners - see options above.


4. Yard waste bags

If your green cart is full, fill paper yard waste bags and roll the tops of the bags closed. Set out for pickup at least two feet (0.5 m) from your green cart.

You can also use a paper yard waste bag as a liner inside your green cart.

Certified compostable bags are also available in yard waste size and are acceptable for your green cart as well. Brands include:

  • Biosak compostable yard waste bag
  • Ecosafe compostable yard and garden bag
  • Glad compostable lawn and leaf bag

We recommend using paper yard waste bags though as they are more durable. If you choose to use the yard waste compostable bags, make sure they have the logos on them and store them in a dry area (e.g. shed, garage) until pickup day as moisture will start the decomposition process of these bags.

Yard waste put out in plastic bags will not be collected.


Unacceptable liner bags

The following bags are not accepted in the Green Cart program:

No plastic bags

Plastic bags interfere with the composting process​ and break down into small pieces of plastic that will contaminate the finished compost.

NOTE: Bags labelled as biodegradable and oxo-degradable are also made from plastic and do not belong in the green cart.​​​​​​​​​​

No Plastic bags in the green cart  
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