Organics and Compost

Residents with a utility account are provided with an organics cart (green) to collect food scraps and yard waste. Your organics cart material is taken to Roseridge Landfill where it is turned into garden compost. 

Organic Cart Replacement: July 23 to August 14, 2024

Green for Life Environmental (GFL) will be replacing residential organics carts from July 23 to August 14, with new carts of the same size and appearance. After time the collection carts break down and require replacement. The exchange will take place on scheduled collection days in different areas of town as shown on the cart replacement map. Please have your organics cart out on the day your area is highlighted to ensure you receive a new one. 

Curbside collection requirements

Follow these instructions to ensure your organics cart is collected.

  • Place your cart curbside by 7 a.m.
  • Fully close the cart lid. Ensure your cart is not overflowing. 
  • Put your organics and yard waste directly into the cart.
  • Point the arrows on top of the cart towards the road when putting the cart out.
  • Ensure there is at least one meter distance from all obstacles such as fences, cars, other carts or blue bags.
  • In Winter organics will freeze in in the cart, to ensure your cart is emptied we recommend:
    • Loosen the frozen material up before taking the cart to the curb.
    • Line the bottom of the cart with newspapers or cardboard.
    • Bag your compost in biodegradable bags (make sure they are certified compostable).
    • If possible store the bin in your garage.

We encourage you to practice grass cycling, leaving grass clippings on the lawn instead of bagging. This will significantly reduce yard waste and your lawn will retain moisture reducing the need for watering.

illustration of 1 metre distances between carts

When is my collection day?

  • Tuesday if you live north of 100 Avenue (Highway 642) or in South Glens
  • Wednesday if you live south of 100 Avenue (Highway 642)
  • Summer collection is  weekly - May 1 to October 31
  • Winter collection is monthly - November 1 to April 30
  • View our Waste Collection Schedule

Common items that can go in the organics cart

 Materials accepted:
  • Bones
  • Baked goods (cake, cookies, bread)
  • Butter
  • Cannabis
  • Cereal
  • Coffee grounds, including filters
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs and egg shells
  • Facial tissue
  • Food scraps
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Meat, poultry, fish
  • Paper bags
  • Paper towel
  • Pasta
  • Pizza boxes
  • Produce
  • Rice
  • Shredded paper
  • Soiled paper
  • Tea bags
  • Yard waste (leaves, twigs, plant material, grass clippings, straw, hay)
 Materials not accepted:
  • Animal waste
  • Cat litter
  • Diapers
  • Dryer lint
  • Hair
  • Plastic bags
  • Popcorn bags
  • Rocks
  • Sanitary products
  • Vacuum dust/bag
  • Wax paper
  • Weeds and diseased plants

Where does it go?

If you are not sure if an item should be placed in your garbage cart, organics cart or recycle bag, check out our Waste Wizard.



Too much organics or yard waste for the cart

Do not leave material such as garbage bags, bags of leaves or large tree branches beside the carts, these items will not be collected. Any material that does not fit into your garbage cart or organics cart can be brought to the Roseridge Landfill using your Landfill Permit.

Request an additional cart

Homeowners can request the delivery of an additional waste or organics cart.

  • An additional fee will be added to your monthly utility bill.
  • The additional cart must be kept for one year from the date of order before cancelling the request.

Contact us to report

  • A broken or damaged cart
  • A cart that has gone missing
  • A missed garbage, organics or recycling collection

Email Public Works or call 780-939-2590.

Cart care: cleaning and filling tips

  • Do not pack grass into the cart; pressing it down tightly may prevent items from emptying during collection.
  • Line your cart with newspaper to keep items from sticking or freezing to the sides of your cart.
  • Put wet waste in paper towel, newspaper, paper bags or cereal boxes to avoid a mess.
  • Layer wet and dry waste to help absorb excess moisture and prevent items freezing to the cart in winter.
  • Use bags to collect organic waste and make sure they are certified compostable. Do not place plastic bags in your green organics cart.
  • Control flies and bugs by spreading dish soap around the lip of your cart.
  • Hose down your cart (inside and out) with soap, baking soda or ammonia.

Learn more from our Waste Management Bylaw and The Recycling Council of Alberta.