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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.

Find compostable bags and liners

Compost right! No food and beverage packaging

Your green cart is for food scraps, not the packaging it may come in. Separate out your food from the packaging before you put in the green cart. Plastic containers and tubs, jars and food cans should be rinsed and put in your blue cart. Foam meat trays, mesh produce bags and crinkly plastic bags (such as salad bags or chip bags) go in your black cart.

Do not put plastic bags in your green cart. Use certified compostable bags to keep your kitchen pail tidy and empty the pail into your green cart every couple of days.

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

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 Green Cart

Using your Green Cart

Customer self-service

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
Monthly Rate 2021/2022

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.