Blue cart recycling
Did you know that some things should never go into your blue cart? These include:
- No loose plastic bags (bag all stretchy plastic bags together and tie closed before recycling).
- No tanglers like garden hoses, electrical cords, and rope.
- No plastic cutlery and straws.
- No foam containers, chip bags and food pouches.
- No household items like frying pans, furniture, textiles or clothing.
These non-recyclable items contaminate and lower the quality of the other recyclables. They can also cause costly delays and create hazards for workers at the sorting facility. Please help keep our fellow Calgarians safe by putting the right items into the recycling.
Find out what goes in your blue cart at calgary.ca/recycling.
What can go in your Blue Cart
Find your pickup schedule
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.
Using your Blue Cart
About Blue Cart Program
Who receives a cart?
We provide blue carts to single family homes up to four units, as long as they are not part of an apartment or condominium.
Blue 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, sorting and processing of material as well as education and program support.
To learn more, visit Residential Waste Rates.
How recycling works
Through our Blue Cart program and community recycling depots, we've recycled more than 700 million kilograms over the last 11 years.
When your items are picked up from your blue cart, they go to a recycling sorting facility. People and machines sort all the mixed recyclables into different types of materials, bale them and ship them to markets where they will be made into new products.
In 2017, some items were impacted by the changes in the Chinese recycling sector and put into storage. In 2018, new manufacturers were found in other markets to accept recyclables as well as to clear out the backlog of stored items from 2017.
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.