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Acceptable compostable bags and liners

Using a compost bag is a great way to keep your kitchen pail/green cart clean, and reduce odours and pests, but it's not required for collecting food and yard waste. NOTE: Only pet waste, kitty litter, animal bedding, sawdust and wood shavings, and cold barbeque or fireplaces ashes need to be bagged before going in your green cart.

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

1. 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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2. Paper bags

All 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 below.
  • Use a paper yard waste bag as a liner inside your green cart.
  • Use a paper yard waste bag for extra yard waste that doesn't fit inside the cart.
Paper yard wast​e bags can be purchased at grocery, and home and garden centres.

Paper Bag

3. 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. Please note: This is not a complete list - contact your preferred location to confirm product availability.

Compostable Bag Logos

Pet waste compostable bags
Locations available
Bon A-Pet-Treat! Pet store and bakery Paws Pet Food & Accessories
The Bone & Biscuit Co. PAWSitively Natural
​Dexter's - Your Local Pet Shop Pet Valu
Doodle Dogs ​​Rascals Pet Supplies
​Dream Dog Boutique ​​​Sunnyside Natural Market
​Global Pet Foods Tail Blazers
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
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
  • Bios
  • ak
  • 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
  • Ecos
  • afe
  • 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

Unacceptable liner bags

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

No plastic bags

Plastic bags prevents the flow of air, which is essential during the composting process. Since they don't breakdown, they end up diminishing the quality of the finished compost.

Biodegradable bags are made from plastic. These bags break apart into small plastic pieces that will diminish the quality of the finished compost.​​​​​​​​​​

No Plastic bags in the green cart