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Green Cart Food and Yard Waste program

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

Green carts are currently collected weekly 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. Set extra paper yard waste bags one foot to the side of the cart. Find compostable bags and liners.

For more tips, see Using Your Green Cart.

Certified compostable bags only!

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If you choose to line your kitchen pail, make sure you are using certified compostable bags.

Calgary Co-op now offers a certified compostable grocery bag that can be reused as a compostable bag in your kitchen pail. Ask for the compostable bag at the Co-op checkout till which is available for 10 cents each.



Find your pickup day

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 2019
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.