What Can’t Go in Your Green Cart?


No plastic plates or cutlery. No compostable plastic takeout containers (including cups, plates, or bowls). Even if these items are marked as “compostable,” they are not accepted in Calgary’s green cart program.

Please note that compostable bags are okay to use to line your kitchen pail. If using a bag to line your kitchen pail, only use certified compostable bags.

Why Can’t Compostable Plastic Products Go in the Green Cart?

We tested a variety of compostable coffee pods, compostable containers, and compostable cutlery. These items did not break down at the composting facility, leaving behind compostable plastic pieces. This contamination increases costs and impacts the quality of the finished compost.

Please put compostable plastic items in the garbage.