Preparing your waste for proper disposal is your responsibility as a citizen of Calgary. There are many things you should remember and put on top of your mind to make this task easier and hassle-free.

Calgary uses black carts for a cleaner, safer and efficient way of disposing waste. Use it for normal trash you put in a bag. Set out your carts by 7 A.M. depending on your collection day schedule and no later than 7 P.M. Always make sure that ample space is provided for the truck’s automated arms to work and collect the carts safely.

Maximize the space of your garbage carts. It can fill up to four standard-sized garbage bags. If your cart is full, do not overload it. Instead, you can place excess bags one foot away from your cart. Be sure that it is strong enough to hold all the contents and it should weigh less than 20 kilograms each. During spring and fall, collection of excess garbage bags may be limited. Store your excess bags until your next collection date.

Blue carts on the other hand are used for recyclable waste. After filling it up, you may take it to the nearest Community Recycling Depot or wait for the blue cart collection day. Northwest Calgary real estate owners and residents are not exempted from doing this.

You may also use the cart without using garbage bags but be sure that the debris will fall easily into the collection truck when tipped except for animal wastes, dust and powders which should be double-bagged and tied. Sharp objects should be wrapped and placed in a puncture-proof container. Grass clippings may be used for grass cycling. Simply leave the clippings after you mow to reduce the amount of grass clipping waste to the landfill.

Be mindful also on what you put on your garbage bag or carts. The following are not collected:

  • Animal remains or carcasses
  • Used appliances such as washing machine, dryer, microwaves
  • Asbestos debris
  • Transportation waste including car batteries, oil and tires
  • Medical waste
  • Construction and extermination waste
  • Compressed gas cylinders
  • Ammunition and explosive waste
  • Old furniture
  • Landscaping waste
  • Medication and drug waste
  • Radioactive waste

Proper garbage and waste disposal is essential for a safe and clean environment. Just be sure to follow these simple steps and keep in mind where things should go. Always practice recycling! Don’t forget to like our Facebook page!

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