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Acceptable compostable bags and liners

Using a compost bag is a great way to keep your kitchen pail and green cart clean, as well as reduce odours and pests. While bagging is helpful, it is not required.
NOTE: For the safety of your collector, the following items must be bagged: pet waste, kitty litter, animal bedding, sawdust and wood shavings, and cold barbeque or fireplaces ashes​.

If you choose to use a liner, here are some options:

1. Certified compostable bags

When buying compostable bags, look for one of the following certified compostable logos on the box. The bags will usually be tinted (green, brown etc.) and will have the certified compostable logo(s) printed directly on the bag.

Here are some examples of certified compostable bags carried by retailers in Calgary. This is not a complete list - contact your preferred location to confirm product availability.​

NOTE: Calgary Co-op checkout till bags are ok to use in the green cart.​

Compostable Bag Logos  
BPI logo  

Pet waste compostable bags
Pet waste compostable bags: Locations available
Pet waste compostable bags: Bon A-Pet-Treat! Pet store and bakery undefined: Paws Pet Food & Accessories
Pet waste compostable bags: ​Calgary Co-o​p​ undefined: PAWSitively Natural
Pet waste compostable bags: Canadian Tire undefined: Pet Valu
Pet waste compostable bags: Dexter's - Your Local Pet Shop
undefined: ​​Rascals Pet Supplies
Pet waste compostable bags: Doodle Dogs undefined: ​​​Sunnyside Natural Market
Pet waste compostable bags: Dream Dog Boutique undefined: Tail Blazers
Pet waste compostable bags: Global Pet Foods
The Bone & Biscuit Co.
Pet waste compostable bags: ​​Green Calgary Eco-Store ​​Unleashed
Pet waste compostable bags: Brands Available
Pet waste compostable bags: BioBag dog waste bags undefined: Earth Rated dog waste bags (white bags only)
Pet waste compostable bags: BioDOGradable pet waste bags undefined: SCHŒP
Pet waste compostable bags: LEAF dog waste bags undefined:
Paper yard waste bags​​
Paper yard waste bags: Locations available
Paper yard waste bags: Canadian Tire undefined: No Frills
Paper yard waste bags: Costco undefined: Rexall
Paper yard waste bags: Home Depot undefined: Save on Foods
Paper yard waste bags: London Drugs undefined: Shoppers Drug Mart
Paper yard waste bags: Lowes undefined: Superstore
Paper yard waste bags: Giant Tiger undefined: Walmart
Kitchen pail liners
Kitchen pail liners: Locations available
Kitchen pail liners: Box/No Frills undefined: Pharmasave
Kitchen pail liners: Canadian Tire undefined: Planet Organic
Kitchen pail liners: Community Natural Foods​ undefined: Rexall
Kitchen pail liners: Calgary Co-op (including certified compostable bag available at checkout till) undefined: Rona
Kitchen pail liners: Costco (including certified compostable bag available at meat counter) undefined: Safeway​
Kitchen pail liners: Dollarama undefined: Save on Foods
Kitchen pail liners: Giant Tiger undefined: Shoppers Drug Mart
Kitchen pail liners: Green Calgary Eco-Store undefined: Sobeys
Kitchen pail liners: ​​Home Depot undefined: Staples
Kitchen pail liners: Italian Supermarket undefined: Sunnyside Natural Market
Kitchen pail liners: Lee Valley undefined: Superstore
Kitchen pail liners: London Drugs undefined: Walmart
Kitchen pail liners: Brands available
Kitchen pail liners:
  • Al-Pack Compostable
  • 9.8 L Mini Food Waste Bags
  • 46.5 L Tall bin liner
  • Giant Value
  • Small liner bag
  • Tall compostable bag
Kitchen pail liners:
  • Bag to Earth
  • Small lined paper bag
  • Large lined paper bag
  • Large lined paper bag
  • Great Value
  • 7.5 L Small bin liner
Kitchen pail liners:
  • Bag to Nature
  • Leaf and yard waste bag (extra large)
  • Glad Compostable OdourShield
  • 9.84 L small quick tie
  • Tall compostable bag
  • Compostable lawn and leaf bag
Kitchen pail liners:
  • Biosak
  • Small liner bag
  • Tall compostable bag
  • Yard waste bag
  • ​Green lid
  • Compostable compost bin
Kitchen pail liners:
  • Compliments Green Care
  • Small lined kitchen food waste bag (tie handles)
  • Tall compostable bag (tie handles)
  • Hercules
  • 7.5 L standard food waste bags
Kitchen pail liners:
  • Ecosafe
  • Yard and garden bags
  • LEAF kitchen bags
  • Small kitchen bag
  • Tall kitchen bag
Kitchen pail liners:
  • If You Care
  • 11.4 L Food waste bags
  • 49.2 L Tall kitchen bags
  • No name
  • Kitchen bags
Kitchen pail liners:
  • Frank
  • 7.5 L Small waste bags
  • 46.5 L Tall waste bags
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Extra kitchen compost pails

Put indoor compost pails in other rooms in your home beyond the kitchen – wherever you have a garbage bin, add an extra compost pail to make it easy to compost foods scraps.

You can purchase compost bins at hardware and big box stores like Canadian Tire, London Drugs, Lowes and Home Depot.

You can also reuse any container with a lid like an ice cream bucket.

The City of Calgary does not provide replacement kitchen pails.


2. Flyers and Newspapers

Follow our quick kitchen pail liner guide to make a flyer/newspaper liner at home. For best results, use 3-4 sheets of large newsprint. The newspaper along with the food waste can go directly into the green cart.

Unacceptable liner bags

The following bags are not accepted in the Green Cart program:

No plastic bags

Plastic bags interfere with the composting process​ and break down into small pieces of plastic that will contaminate the finished compost.

NOTE: Bags labelled as biodegradable and oxo-degradable are also made from plastic and do not belong in the green cart.​​​​​​​​​​

No Plastic bags in the green cart