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Black Cart garbage collection

The City of Calgary provides black cart garbage collection to single family homes.

Black carts are collected every two weeks.

Set your cart out by 7 a.m. on your collection day.

Our bins can hold up to 60 kg of material or four standard garbage bags. If your cart is full, you can put out extra garbage bags. Place bags 0.5m (2 ft) to the side of the cart.

If you still have extra garbage, please store your extra bags on your property until your next collection day.

For more tips, see Using Your Black Cart.

Extra garbage bags

If your black cart is full, extra garbage bags can be set 0.5 m (2 ft) away from your cart. Only put bags out in the alley on pickup day.

Use standard-sized garbage bags and securely tie bags closed.

During busier periods, we will collect material inside the cart, but may limit the number of extra bags we pick up to make sure everyone gets service. If some of your extra bags are not picked up, put them in your emptied cart or store them on your property until the next week's collection.

Find your pickup day

For holiday changes, see our holiday schedule.

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What can go in your Black Cart

Using your Black Cart

Using your Black 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 Black Cart Program

Who receives a cart?

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

Black Cart fee
Monthly Rate 2020

Black Cart Fee ($ per 30 days)


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

Black cart service is moving from property tax support to a user fee on your bill. To learn more, visit Residential Waste Rates.

Starting October 1, 2020, if your black cart is full and you have extra bags of garbage that will not fit, you will need to buy tags to put on extra garbage bags for pickup.

If you are aware of illegal dumping, please contact 311 to report the issue.

How landfills work

When your black cart garbage is picked up, it is taken to one of three City of Calgary landfills for disposal.

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.