Wednesday, August 27, 2014

6 tips for putting out your garbage and recycling

Did you know that The City of Calgary collects over 5,000 tonnes of garbage and recycling from residential homes each week? That’s the equivalent weight of 733 elephants – that’s a lot of stuff!

With over 305,000 homes to service every week, being quick, safe and efficient is an important part of the job. You play a part too. Here are six things you should know when putting out your blue and black carts:

1. Leave enough space around your carts
The collection trucks use mechanical arms to pick up blue and black carts. These arms need space to reach, grab and lift the carts safely. If you can walk between and around your carts that’s enough space.

2. Is your cart full?
Fill your cart before leaving out any extra garbage bags.

3. Flatter is better
Place your carts on even ground at street or lane level to keep them from rolling or tipping over.

4. Move it on over
Leave at least 30 cm (1 ft.) of space between your cart and any extra bags.

5. Cars and fences and poles, oh my!
Leave at least one metre (3 ft.) of space between your cart and any other obstacles such as cars fences, garages and power poles. The mechanical arms on the trucks need the room to safely pick up your carts.

6. Rise and shine
We start early. Put your carts out by 7 a.m. on your collection day or after 7 p.m. the day before your collection. Pull your carts back onto your property or against your fence after collection.

For more placement tips, watch our Report to Calgarians video clip below or visit


  1. Great! Thanks for sharing! I will post it around!

  2. It's really not that hard to recycle, once you have a plan! I hope more people will see your post!

  3. I really needed advices on this. I was too ashamed to ask my neighbors. Thank you!