The City of Calgary provides black cart garbage collection to single family homes. Black carts are collected every two weeks.

Set your cart out by 7 a.m. on your collection day.

Our bins can hold up to 60 kg of material or four standard garbage bags.

If your cart is full, you need to buy tags to put on extra garbage bags for pickup. Place tagged garbage bags 0.5m (2 ft) to the side of the cart.

For more tips, see Using Your Black Cart.

Safely dispose of household batteries

When it’s time to get rid of dead household batteries, make sure to dispose of them safely. Batteries need to be separated and taken to a different location for safe handling. If they end up in any of the bins, batteries can get crushed leading to fires at the recycling, composting and landfill facilities.

Household batteries include non-rechargeable AA and AAA batteries, and rechargeable batteries found in cellphones and laptops.

Take batteries to a participating retailer for free, including London Drugs, Staples, Home Depot, Rona, IKEA and Best Buy. For more information visit

Find your pickup schedule

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

Download the Calgary Garbage Day app

Never miss a collection day by downloading the Calgary Garbage Day app onto your mobile device.

What can go in your Black Cart

Using your Black Cart

Using your Black Cart

Customer self-service

Report a missed collection

Request additional carts

Please review the options available to you.

Request cart for a new home

Report a missing or damaged cart

For more details, see Replacing Your Cart.

About Black Cart Program

Who receives a cart?

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

Black Cart fee
Monthly Rate 2023

Black 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, disposing of material as well as education and program support.

Black cart service is moving from property tax support to a user fee on your bill. To learn more, visit Residential Waste Rates.

If your black cart is full and you have extra bags of garbage that will not fit, you will need to buy tags to put on extra garbage bags for pickup.

If you are aware of illegal dumping, please contact 311 to report the issue.

How landfills work

When your black cart garbage is picked up, it is taken to one of three City of Calgary landfills for disposal.

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.