Green Cart Recycling

Coming soon to your home

Published Thursday, March 30, 2017 1:30 pm

With your help, we’ll turn more than 85 million kilograms of food and yard waste into nutrient-rich compost rather than burying it in the landfill.

Green Cart service is coming to your home

As the Green Cart program rolls out this year, you’ll see how a small change to your routine can cut your garbage in half and turn your food and yard material into valuable nutrient-rich compost. 

You’ll receive everything you need to get started

When your green cart arrives look inside to find:

  • Kitchen pail and samples of compostable bags to collect food scraps
  • Samples of paper yard waste bags to use when your cart is full
  • Instruction guide
  • Collection schedule

You’ll be amazed at how much can go in

All food and yard waste can go in the green cart. You can even put in things that you can’t compost at home like meat, bones, cheese, bread, pasta, branches and pet waste too.

These materials can be safely composted because the material reaches and maintains a temperature of at least 55 degrees Celsius during the composting process, which kills any harmful bacteria.

Watch this video to learn why to keep food + yard waste out of the landfill: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VP54rKPFFYI

Green carts will be rolled out by quadrant

Once everyone in your quadrant receives their carts, weekly green cart pick up will begin and garbage collection will move to once every two weeks.

Once the community rollout schedule is finalized it will be available on calgary.ca/greencart.

Live in an apartment or condo?

By Nov. 1, 2017 your building is required to separate food and yard waste from the garbage for composting or diversion. Talk to your building owner or manager or visit calgary.ca/multifamily.