City-Supported Community Cleanups

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Once again, it’s time to comb through your garage, survey your off-site storage locker and purge your garden shed of that never-used stuff that has been collecting dust for the past decade. Save yourself a trip to the landfill by visiting one of the Community Cleanup events taking place across Calgary throughout the summer and early fall.

These popular events are hosted by community associations with support from Calgary Community Standards and Waste & Recycling at The City. Check for a list of cleanup events. You can also check your community association website for full details on the Community Cleanup in your area.

The following items are not permitted at the Cleanup events:

  • Car batteries
  • Glass (e.g. window panes, glass table tops)
  • Household appliances with Freon (e.g. refrigerators, freezers)
  • Microwaves
  • Liquids (e.g. cooking oils)
  • Large metal items (e.g. lawnmowers, barbeques)
  • Railway ties
  • Sod or dirt
  • Household hazardous waste (see for a list of household hazardous waste drop-off locations)

Yard waste is accepted for composting. The City encourages residents to check for what can be recycled (visit The City’s Waste & Recycling collection is provided free of charge; however some community associations may provide additional services that require a fee.

Some communities may also organize a “free store” where you can drop off and select items for donations free of charge. Check your community association website for details.