Green Cart Food and Yard Waste program
We provide food and yard waste collection to single family homes.
Green carts are collected weekly in the spring on the same day as blue carts. Please set your cart out by 7 a.m. on your collection day.
Our bins hold up to 60 kg of waste. Fill your green cart first, then use extra paper yard waste bags. Place bags 0.5m (2 ft) to the side of the cart for pickup.
If you still have extra yard waste, please store on your property until your next collection day.
Using your green cart this fall
Here are some tips for your fall yard clean up:
- Yard waste like leaves, branches, grass and plants can go directly inside the green cart.
- Always fill your green cart first, then fill paper yard waste bags with extra yard waste. Do not use plastic bags.
- Roll tops of bags closed to prevent spills and allow your collector to pick up the bags.
- Place extra bags at least 2 feet to the side of your green cart for collection. Make sure your extra bags aren’t too heavy – if you can lift the bag with one hand that should be okay.
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 Green Cart
Using your Green Cart
Report a missed collection
Request additional carts
Please call 311 to review the options available to you.
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 Green Cart Program
Who receives a cart?
We provide green carts to single family homes up to four units, as long as they are not part of an apartment or condominium.
Can I get a replacement kitchen pail?
The City does not provide replacement pails. You can purchase kitchen pails at any big box or hardware retailer. You can also reuse any container with a lid that seals, such as an ice cream pail.
Green 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, composting of material as well as education and program support.
The property tax subsidy has been removed from the Green Cart fee. To learn more, visit Residential Waste Rates.
How composting works
The Calgary Composting Facility is the largest of its kind in Canada. The facility produces high quality compost collected from the green cart program and the biosolids program.
Take an online tour of the facility and learn how composting works.
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.