Green Cart compost giveaway

The City of Calgary offers complimentary compost for residents to use in their yards and gardens in the spring. The compost is made from the food and yard waste collected through the Green Cart program.

When can I pick up compost?

The 2022 compost giveaways are now closed. Compost is only available on set event dates. Stay tuned for event details in 2023.

Remember to mix your compost with soil. Check out tips on how to use compost.

Can I pick up mulch?

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

For pickup details, please see the Free Mulch page.

How to use your compost

A little compost goes a long way. Please note: while compost may look like dirt or soil, it is neither. Compost must be used in conjunction with soil and cannot be used as a replacement for soil.

Compost is a soil amendment that can improve the health of lawns, flower beds and gardens. Consult your garden centre, nursery or horticultural expert to determine how to best mix this compost for your specific application. Check out these tips on how to best use the compost in your yard.

The compost can do the following:

  • Enhance soil structure
  • Increase soil nutrient content
  • Improve moisture retention
  • Foster plant health

You can use the compost in many ways:

  • Soil amendment - mix the compost into your soil
  • Top dressing or mulch - spread compost on top of your soil

Is the compost safe to use?

The compost is completely safe to use. The City's indoor composting process maintains temperatures high enough to break down material and kill any pathogens.

The compost is tested and is CQA Certified Category A compost which means it is safe to use in any application.

The compost is 100% natural and made up of the food scraps, leaves, branches and yard waste Calgarians have been putting in the Green Cart composting program.