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Calgary is moving towards zero waste through our innovative diversion programs. You can help our environment thrive by reusing, reducing, recycling, and composting your garbage. Our garbage is too good to waste.


Learn how it all works:


Sort it Right Quiz!

Green, blue or black cart? Landfill Throw ‘n’ Go or Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off? Test your sorting knowledge and learn about Calgary's waste diversion programs. Sort materials correctly and win fun items for your own digital park!

School Tours

City of Calgary

The City of Calgary offers school tours at the Composting Facility and Shepard Landfill, providing students the unique opportunity to observe Calgary’s waste management operations in action. Join us for an interactive experience that will motivate students to take impactful steps towards reducing waste.

Landfill tours

Shepard Landfill

Wonder where your garbage goes? Take a bus tour at our landfill and learn how The City of Calgary safely and responsibly manages Calgary's garbage and why our diversion programs are so important in reducing waste.

Call 311 to book.

*Group must provide bus.


Visit the Composting Facility

Join us for an information session about how Calgary turns green cart food scraps and yard waste into nutrient-rich compost in just 60 days!  Our composting facility diverts more than 85 million kilograms of food and yard waste from the landfill each year, producing compost for use in gardens, farms, and City parks.

Call 311 to book.

Composting facility  

Visit the Recycling Facility

Where do materials you toss into your blue cart go? Visit us to learn how recyclables are sorted at the Recycling Facility.

Call 311 to book.

Composting facility

Green Calgary

Green Kids

Hands on environmental education for Kindergarten to Grade 6.

Shepard Landfill  

Generation Green

Youth programming for Grades 7-12 that promotes positive environmental action.

Composting facility  

Lunch and Learn

Make your next lunch hour a learning opportunity!

Calgarians are finding everyday ways to waste less and conserve more! Join us for a look at how Calgary’s diversion programs are keeping valuable resources from ending up in landfill. We’ll take a virtual tour of The City’s composting facility and answer all your recycling questions, in person or on-line.

Call 311 to book.

Calgary Skyline Picture  

English Language Learners

We offer friendly step-by-step instructions on using Calgary's waste and recycling services and programs for groups with varying English levels.

Call 311 to book.

Trade shows and booths

Request a booth for your next environment fair, trade show or community event.

Call 311 to book.

Calgary Skyline Picture  

Kid’s colouring and activity book​

kids coloring book

Have your kids learn about their blue, green and black carts in this fun waste-themed colouring book. Short activities also show what items belong in what bins. Download your copy here​.  ​