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Fall yard waste cleanup options for 2019

Filling your green cart

  • Always fill your green cart first - put yard waste loose inside the cart
  • If your cart is full, fill paper yard waste bags and roll the tops of the bags closed

Yard waste in plastic bags will not be collected. Please empty yard waste into the green cart or transfer into paper yard waste bags.

Extra yard waste bags and branches

  • Tie extra branches into bundles with natural fibre string
  • Make sure branches are less than six inches in diameter and four feet in length
  • Place extra paper yard waste bags and bundled branches at least one foot to the side of your green cart

During this busy time, we will collect material in green carts, but may limit the number of extra paper yard waste bags we pick up to make sure everyone gets service.

If some of your extra bags are not picked up, store them on your property until the next week's collection. For more yard waste tips, see our Using Your Green Cart page.

Weight restrictions

Carts have a 60 kg weight limit. If you can easily roll the cart, it should be ok.

Paper yard waste bags have a 20 kg weight limit. Make sure bags are rolled up and can be easily lifted.

Green Cart Compost Giveaway
Make sure there is enough room around your carts on collection day. Place extra yard waste bags one foot to the side of your cart.

Compost yard waste at City landfills

What yard waste can I bring to a City landfill?

If you have extra yard waste, you can also bring to a City landfill for composting. Charges will apply.

This is useful for residential households that would like to dispose of extra material quicker or for yard waste that is too large for your green cart.

  • Loads should only have yard waste like leaves, branches, plants and grass clippings
  • We do not accept sod or food scraps as they can't be composted in this program
  • Shake soil off of plants and roots

If your load contains sod, food waste or other garbage, you will be charged the basic garbage (sanitary) rate and the material will go to the landfill.

How to prepare your yard waste

Put yard waste in paper yard waste bags or leave it loose. If you use plastic bags, you will have to empty them at the composting pad or yard waste bin at the landfill. Please cover and secure your loads of yard waste before transporting.

Why isn't sod or food waste accepted at City landfills?

The yard waste material collected through this program is taken directly to the outdoor composting pads at City landfills. These compost pads are not permitted to accept food waste and cannot process sod.

You can put sod or food waste into your green cart at home(material from the green cart program goes to the indoor composting facility that can process these materials).

Free mulch

Some larger yard waste branches are chipped into mulch (wood chips) and made available for Calgarians to use.

Free mulch is currently available at the Spyhill Landfill and the East Calgary Landfill. Mulch is available for both residential and commercial customers.

You are responsible for loading mulch into your own vehicle. The mulch can be used around evergreens, for yard and garden use, and is helpful for water retention and weed control​.

Please note: The mulch is acidic and may affect tender annuals such as plants and flowers. Consult your local greenhouse for more information.