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Seasonal yard waste cleanup options for 2021

Fill your green cart

Always fill your green cart first - put yard waste directly inside the cart either loose or in paper bags.

If your green cart is full, you can put extra yard waste in paper yard waste bags for pickup.

  • Set extra yard waste bags 0.5 m (2 ft) away from your cart.
  • Roll the tops of your paper yard waste bags closed to prevent spills and allow your collector to pick up the bags.
  • Make sure your bags are not too heavy. If you can lift the bag with one hand, it's ok.
  • Do not approach the driver when you see the collection truck coming. Make sure your carts are out for 7 a.m. on your collection day.

Please help keep your driver safe by making sure to fill the cart as much as possible before leaving extra bags out. It's ok if the lid is slightly ajar.

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, store them on your property until the next green cart collection.

After your cart has been emptied, please put extra yard waste and yard waste bags directly into the green cart for the next pickup.

Carts have a 60 kg weight limit. If you can roll the cart, it should be ok.

Take yard waste to a City landfill

If you have extra yard waste, you can also bring to a City landfill for composting. Charges will apply.

This is useful for residential households that would like to dispose of extra material quicker or for yard waste that is too large for your green cart:

  • Loads should only have leaves, branches, plants and grass clippings.
  • We do not accept sod or food scraps. Put these items in your green cart.
  • Shake soil off of plants and roots.
  • Any loads containing garbage or sod will be subject to regular landfill fees.
  • Composting for sod is not available at City landfills. If you take sod to the landfill, you will be charged the basic sanitary rate​.
  • Commercial customers with yard waste will be subject to regular landfill fees.
  • Commercial loads are not accepted at Shepard.

Landfills are not accepting cash as payment. Credit and debit cards are accepted.

Please practice physical distancing and keep at least 2 metres from others at all times. This includes interacting with City staff and unloading your yard waste.

If you are sick and/or self-isolating, please stay home and do not go to the landfill. To learn more, visit Physical Distancing and Self-Isolation.

All three City landfills are open.

For faster service, we suggest visiting the landfill on a weekday or before 9 a.m. on Saturdays when wait times are shorter.

For hours and locations, visit Landfill Locations and Hours.

Free mulch

Some larger yard waste branches are chipped into mulch (wood chips) and made available for Calgarians to use.

Free mulch is currently available at the East Calgary Landfill. Mulch is available for both residential and commercial customers.

You are responsible for loading mulch into your own vehicle. The mulch can be used around evergreens, for yard and garden use, and is helpful for water retention and weed control.

Please note: The mulch is acidic and may affect tender annuals such as plants and flowers. Consult your local greenhouse for more information.

Green Cart compost giveaway events

The City of Calgary offers complimentary compost for residents to use in their yards and gardens in the spring. Compost is only available on set event dates. Stay tuned for event details in 2022.

For more information, visit Compost Giveaway.

Composting yard waste at City landfills - FAQ

What yard waste can I bring to a City landfill?

  • Loads should only have leaves, branches, plants and grass clippings.
  • We do not accept sod or food scraps. Put these items in your green cart.
  • Shake soil off of plants and roots.

Residential customers: If your load contains sod or other garbage, you will be charged the basic garbage (sanitary) rate and the material will go to the landfill.

Commercial customers: charges will apply. Food and yard waste mixed in garbage loads will be subject to higher fees as part of Disposal Surcharge Materials.

How to prepare your yard waste

Put yard waste in paper yard waste bags or leave it loose.

If you use plastic bags, you will have to empty them at the landfill. Please cover and secure your loads of yard waste before transporting.

Why isn't sod or food waste accepted at City landfills?

The yard waste material collected through this program is taken directly to the outdoor composting pads at City landfills. These compost pads are not permitted to accept food waste and cannot process sod.

You can put sod or food waste into your green cart at home. Material from the green cart program goes to the indoor composting facility that can process these materials.​​​