What can't go in your green cart
Keep these items out of our Green Cart food and yard waste program.
Removing these items helps us produce high quality compost that will be used at local farms, gardens and in our community.
If you don't know where to put an item, check out What Goes Where.
No. Keep these items out of your green cart
No plastic or biodegradable bags
- Yard waste in plastic bags
- Food waste in plastic bags
No food or beverage packaging
- Fruit or vegetable stickers
- Coffee cups
- Foam meat trays
- Metal food cans
- Plastic containers and tubs
- Plastic bottles
- Plastic bags
No diapers or personal hygiene items
- Cleaning wipes or makeup wipes
- Cotton swabs/Q-tips
- Wipes - baby wipes, cosmetic wipes etc.
- Tampons, applicators, sanitary napkins and menstrual pads
- Cotton balls
No painted or treated wood
- Pressure-treated wood such as deck or fencing wood
- Manufactured wood - plywood, particle board/oriented strand board (OSB), wood panelling, hardboard (HDF) and (MDF)
- Furniture - wood, wicker, bamboo etc.
No clothing, textiles or fabrics
- Clothes (shirts, pants, jackets, shoes etc.)
- Fabric (scraps, cloths, rags etc.)
- Linens (towels, curtains, sheets etc.)
- Cushions and pillows
No plastic plates or cutlery
- Plastic plates
- Plastic spoons, forks and knives
- Compostable plastic takeout containers (cups, plates, bowls, utensils)
Even if these items are marked as "compostable", they are not accepted in the green cart program.
Please note: Compostable bags are ok to use to line your kitchen pail. See our list of available bag brands and retailers.
Why can't compostable plastic products go in the green cart?
We tested a variety of compostable coffee pods, compostable containers and compostable cutlery.
These items did not break down at the composting facility leaving behind compostable plastic pieces. This contamination increases costs and impacts the quality of the finished compost.
Please put compostable plastic items in the garbage.
This is a compostable plastic spoon that went through the Calgary Composting Facility. As you can see, this item did not break down properly.