Tips for Using Your Blue, Green and Black Carts

Gree blue carts

Now that Calgarians are able to recycle and compost all year-long, it’s important to put items in the right carts. Here are a few tips to follow:

Green Cart

  • Every little bit counts! Plate scrapings, fruit pits, bones, egg shells and sauces can all be composted.
  • Is your green cart full? Put extra leaves and branches into paper yard waste bags. Roll closed and place at least 1 ft. to the side of your green cart on collection day.

Blue Cart

  • Remember to bag your plastic bags! All plastic grocery bags, bread bags, sandwich bags and plastic wrap need to be put in one bag and tied closed before recycling.
  • Is your blue cart full? Make sure to break down all boxes to make room or take extras to a community recycling depot.

Black Cart

  • If an item can’t be recycled or composted, then it has reached its end-of-life and belongs in the garbage. This includes chip bags, granola wrappers, foam packaging, and dryer lint.
  • Is your black cart full? You can put out extra garbage bags by placing at least 1 ft. to the side of your black cart on collection day.

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