Green cart collection begins next week in southwest Calgary

Jul 10 2017, 5:37 pm

It’s time for southwest residents to start using their green carts for all their food and yard waste.

The City of Calgary rolled out the city-wide Green Cart program in June 2017 and now it’s time for cart collection for residents in the cities southwest.

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After a successful pilot project, the program is now being implemented permanently. The carts are scheduled to roll out by quadrant and once all residents in a quadrant have their carts, then collection will begin as follows:

  • Southwest: Week of July 17
  • Northeast: Week of September 4
  • Northwest: Week of August 14
  • Southeast: Week of October 2

”Green carts should be filled first, with extra yard waste placed in paper yard waste bags and set away from the side of the cart to be picked up on collection day,” said Green Cart Implementation Leader, Philippa Wagner in a release.

Switch to two separate collection days

Southwest residents are also being reminded that starting the week of July 17 they will have new collection days:

  • Green and blue carts will be picked up every week on the same day.
  • Black carts will be picked up once every two weeks on a different day.

Wagner says, “residents will find that by using their green cart for food and yard waste, they can cut their garbage in half since most waste can be composted or recycled.”

Here’s a refresher for what you can put in the green bins.

What can be composted

  • All food (raw and cooked)
    • Meat, fish, shellfish and bones
    • Plate scrapings
    • Fruits and vegetables (Remove any stickers).
    • Bread, pasta, noodles, rice, beans, couscous, grains, crackers, cereal
    • Eggs, eggshells and dairy products (e.g. cheese, sour cream, etc.)
    • Cooking oil, lard, shortening, butter, sauces, grease, dips, salad dressing, mayonnaise and gravy
    • Pastries, cookies, cakes and muffins
    • Nuts, seeds, pits, chips, popcorn and candy
  • Food soiled paper
    • Paper plates
    • Coffee grounds, coffee filters and tea bags
    • Food-soiled paper towels, napkins and tissues
  • Yard waste
    • Leaves and pine cones
    • Plants and flowers
    • Branches, twigs, and hedge prunings (Less than 15 cm in diameter and 1.25 m in length so it can fit inside the green cart)
    • Grass clippings and sod
    • Weeds
    • Garden soil, sand and untreated mulch
    • Christmas trees (Trunks must be less than 15 cm in diameter and the tree cut down into 1.25 m lengths.)
    • Hay
  • Pet waste
    • Dog waste and kitty litter. (Must be collected in a certified compostable bag or paper bag).
    • Animal bedding (e.g. from pet cages)
    • Pet food and treats
    • Pet fur, hair or feathers
  • Other
    • Cold barbeque or fireplace ashes
    • Untreated lumber
    • Wood shavings/sawdust
    • Wooden popsicle sticks, chopsticks and toothpicks