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Green Cart Food and Yard Waste program

The City of Calgary provides food and yard waste collection to single family homes.

Green carts are currently collected once every other week on the same day as blue carts. Please set your cart out by 7 a.m. on your collection day.

Our bins hold up to 60 kg of waste.

Effective March 24, 2020, extra bags of yard waste left outside of the cart will no longer will be picked up. This is to keep your driver safe and healthy by reducing interactions with the public and contact with various surfaces. ​

If your green cart is full, please store your extra yard waste on your property until your next collection day.

Find compostable bags and liners

Waste & Recycling Services, like other City services, are facing staffing challenges with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Green cart service is remaining at once every two weeks as this is a feasible level of service that we can maintain. This allows us to keep picking up green carts with the current number of drivers available.

Maintaining every other week green cart pick up at this time allows us to better manage those staffing challenges and still provide a consistent level of service for Calgarians. Right now, we are not in a position to increase green cart pickups due to challenges presented by COVID-19. We are regularly reassessing our service levels as the situation evolves.

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


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For holiday changes, see our holiday schedule and green cart seasonal schedule.

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What can go in your Green Cart



Using your Green 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 Green Cart Program

Who receives a cart?

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

Can I get a replacement kitchen pail?

The City does not provide replacement pails. You can purchase kitchen pails at any big box or hardware retailer. You can also reuse any container with a lid that seals, such as an ice cream pail.

Green Cart fee

Monthly Rate 2020
Green Cart Fee ($ per 30 days) $8.65

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, composting of material as well as education and program support.

The property tax subsidy has been removed from the Green Cart fee. To learn more, visit Residential Waste Rates.

How composting works

The Calgary Composting Facility is the largest of its kind in Canada. The facility produces high quality compost collected from the green cart program and the biosolids program.


Take an online tour of the facility and learn how composting works.


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.
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