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 need to buy tags to put on extra garbage bags for pickup. Place tagged garbage bags 0.5m (2 ft) to the side of the cart.
For more tips, see Using Your Black Cart.
Cart placement tips
Help keep collection safe and on schedule by putting your carts out the right way. Make sure you can easily walk between and around carts. Ensure there is enough space from obstacles such as vehicles, fences and garages. The mechanical arm on City trucks requires adequate space to safely grab and lift bins to empty them. Only put out your carts as needed on pickup days. Put your carts away by 7 p.m. by pulling them back against your fence or property.
Find your pickup day
Print a calendar
- Type your address in the search box
- Select Get a calendar
- You can print a calendar; or
- Add an online calendar
Sign up for free reminders
- Type your address in search box
- Select Get a reminder
- Chose type of notice
- Add your contact details
What can go in your Black 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 ($ 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.
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.
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.