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How to compost yard and garden waste

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Yard waste

Yard and garden waste

Put all yard waste into your green cart for composting, including:

  • Leaves
  • Cones (all conifers - pine, spruce, etc.)
  • Plants, flowers, garden waste
  • Branches, twigs, hedge prunings (must be less than 15 cm in diameter and 1.25 m in length to fit in the green cart)
  • Grass clippings, sod
  • Untreated mulch
  • Hay
  • Pine needles
  • Tree fruits like crab apples

Special instructions

Fill your green cart first. If your green cart is full:

  • Place yard waste in paper yard waste bags. Make sure bags are rolled up and can be easily lifted; or
  • Bundle branches together with natural fibre string.

Set tied branches or bags at least 30 cm (one foot) to the side of your green cart. Do not lean branches or bags on the cart or on top of the cart lid.

During the busy yard season, we will collect material inside green carts, but may limit the number of yard waste bags we pick up to make sure everyone gets service.

Title: What Goes Where?
Author: City of Calgary
Description: Residential recycling and disposal search tool