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Composting

What goes in my Green Cart? 

Green Carts are for organics such as kitchen scraps, yard waste and pet waste. Learn more here.

Kitchen Scraps

Accepted

  • Baked goods

  • Bird seed

  • Bones

  • Bread

  • Butter and margarine

  • Cake and pastries

  • Candy

  • Cereal

  • Cheese

  • Coffee grounds

  • Cooking oil, fat, grease (small amounts)

  • Corn cobs

  • Dairy products

  • Dough

  • Eggs and eggshells

  • Fish

  • Flour

  • Food

  • Food leftovers

  • Fruit pits and seed

  • Fruit (whole, scraps, peelings)

  • Gravy

  • Herbs

  • Jams, jellies, marmalades or chutney

  • Mayonnaise

  • Milk

  • Meat

  • Nuts and shells

  • Oatmeal and oats

  • Paste

  • Peanut butter

  • Peels, fruit and vegetable

  • Pie

  • Popcorn

  • Poultry bones and carcasses

  • Pumpkins

  • Rice

  • Salad dressing, vinegar, marinades, dips

  • Sauce

  • Shell fish

  • Sour cream

  • Spices

  • Sugar

  • Tea bags and loose tea

  • Vegetables (whole, scraps, peelings)

  • Yogurt

NOT Accepted

  • Large game animal carcasses

  • Chewing gum

  • Coffee Pods

Paper, household, and Food Service Items

Accepted

  • Certified compostable food containers and
    utensils

  • Chopsticks (wood only)

  • Dryer lint

  • Facial tissue

  • Food-soiled paper plates

  • Food-soiled newsprint and cardboard

  • Food-soiled paper towels, napkins and tissues

  • Paper coffee filters

  • Popsicle sticks

  • Toothpicks (wooden)

NOT Accepted

  • Absorbent pads from meat trays

  • Baby wipes

  • Butcher paper

  • Chemicals or materials soaked with chemicals

  • Cigarettes, cigarette butts and ashes

  • Clothing

  • Corks

  • Cotton balls, pads and swabs

  • Cutlery (plastic or metal)

  • Dental floss

  • Diapers

  • Disposable coffee cups (paper or foam)

  • Dryer sheets

  • Feminine hygiene products

  • Fireplace ashes

  • Floor sweepings

  • Foam food trays, cups or containers

  • Foam meat trays and liners

  • Foil bags, wrap and trays

  • Furnace Filters

  • Hazardous substances

  • Home health care waste

  • Ice cream containers (plastic or paper)

  • Incontinence products

  • Juice boxes or pouches

  • Matches

  • Medicines

  • Microwave popcorn bags

  • Muffin paper cups/parchment paper

  • Parchment paper

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Plastic bags

  • Plastic coffee stir sticks

  • Plastic containers

  • Plastic drinking straws

  • Plastic food wrap/bags

  • Plastic milk/coffee creamer containers

  • Q-tips

  • Soap

  • Sod

  • Sponges

  • Stickers

  • String

  • Styrofoam cups, trays and food
    containers

  • Swiffer sheets

  • Textiles

  • Vacuum cleaner
    bags/contents

  • Water softener salt
    and bags

  • Wax paper

  • Wet wipes

  • Wreaths

  • Yarn

  • Yogurt foil seals

Pet Waste

Accepted

  • Cat litter (no plastic bags)

  • Feathers

  • Hair (human and animal)

  • Nail clippings (human and animal)

  • Pet food

  • Pet feces (no plastic bags)

NOT Accepted

  • Animal carcasses (large game animals and pets)

Yard Waste

Accepted

  • Branches and twigs

  • Corn stalks and leaves

  • Flowers

  • Garden waste

  • Grass clipping

  • Hay and straw

  • Hedge trimmings

  • Household plants, including potting soil

  • Leaves

  • Peat moss

  • Plants

  • Pine cones

  • Pumpkins

  • Rhubarb stalks and leaves

  • Tree trimmings

  • Weeds (excluding noxious weeds)

  • Wood shavings and chips

NOT Accepted

  • BBQ & fire pit ashes

  • Branches greater than 1 inches in diameter or 3 feet in length

  • Branches or tree limbs infected with black knot, Dutch elm disease, fireblight or western gall rust

  • Branches from elm trees

  • Bricks

  • Cinder blocks

  • Concrete

  • Diseased or pest-ridden fruits, vegetable, crops, trees or plants (Alberta Pest and Nuisance Control Regulations)

  • Fertilizer x Herbicides x Noxious weeds (Alberta Agriculture and Forestry)

  • Paver stones, patio blocks

  • Rocks and gravel

  • Sod

  • Treated wood

  • Tree stumps

Cart and Kitchen Catcher Liners

Accepted

  • Certified Compostable bags

  • Newspaper

  • Paper bags

  • Paper bags with cellulose liner

NOT Accepted

  • Plastic bags including garbage bags and grocery store plastic bags

Other

Accepted

  • Hair (human and pet)

  • Nail clippings (human and pet)

  • Sawdust

  • Wood shavings and chips

NOT Accepted

  • Motor oil

  • Oil filters

  • Wood