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Blue cart recycling

The City of Calgary provides Blue Cart recycling to single family residential homes.

Blue carts are collected weekly on the same day as green carts. Set your cart out by 7:00 a.m.

Bundle plastic bags together in a single bag and tie closed. For the rest of your recyclables, put them loose in your bin.

Extra bags are not accepted – all items must be in the cart. Save extra items for next week or take to a community recycling depot.

Not sure where to put an item? Check out What Goes Where.

What do recyclables become?

When you put acceptable items in your blue cart, you can be confident that these recyclables are actually getting recycled. Have you ever wondered what your recycling items become? Here are just a few examples:

  • Old flyers become egg cartons
  • Plastic pop bottles become a fleece sweater
  • Tuna cans become bike parts

Find out more about where recyclables go and what they become at Recycling in Calgary.


What can go in your Blue Cart


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

Using your Blue Cart


Customer self-service

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 Blue Cart Program

Who receives a cart?

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

Blue Cart fee
Monthly Rate 2020/2021

Blue Cart Fee ($ per 30 days)

$8.80

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, sorting and processing of material as well as education and program support.

To learn more, visit Residential Waste Rates.

How recycling works

Through our Blue Cart program and community recycling depots, we've recycled more than 700 million kilograms over the last 11 years.

When your items are picked up from your blue cart, they go to a recycling sorting facility. People and machines sort all the mixed recyclables into different types of materials, bale them and ship them to markets where they will be made into new products.

In 2017, some items were impacted by the changes in the Chinese recycling sector and put into storage. In 2018, new manufacturers were found in other markets to accept recyclables as well as to clear out the backlog of stored items from 2017.


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.