Curbside Collection – Garbage, Compost, and Recycling

CUI collects garbage, compost, and recycling one day per week, with the exception of winter months, in which case the green cart materials will be picked up every two weeks.

Carts and garbage MUST be placed curbside by 7am on your collection day (info below).

Both the blue and green carts are associated with each individual property/residence. If an occupant of the home moves, the carts are to remain with the property/residence.

Need help to determine what you can place in each cart? Visit Sorting Central!

When Are My Garbage, GreenBlue Carts Collected?

CUI’s new Collection Calendar allows you to search your address and view your pickup schedule.

You can also sign up for weekly:

  • Email reminders
  • Automated phone call reminders
  • Text message reminders
  • In app reminders when you download our app from the App Store or Google Play store


Garbage Collection

One large, clear, securely tied bag of garbage will be picked up each week. One small (20 cm x 20 cm) solid colour privacy bag may be placed inside the larger clear bag.

Bagged garbage has a maximum weight limit of 25kg per bag and may be placed in a can/receptacle (we encourage this to keep pests out). Additional garbage bags will only be picked up if they have an excess waste tag, which are available for purchase at City Hall.

*Please note, garbage is different from your organic compost (green cart) and recycling (blue cart) – where the majority of recycle or compost items CAN be placed loose into their correct cart (shredded paper, bundled plastic bags and pet waste are all bagged). If any garbage is loose in the garbage bin, it will not be collected.

Compost (Green) Cart

More than 5,500 homes in Chestermere put their food and yard waste in a green cart for curbside collection. By using your green cart you are turning this material into nutrient-rich compost and reducing the amount of waste going to our landfills.

Green carts are collected weekly from May 1 to October 31, and once every two weeks from November 1 to April 30.

For more information on your green cart and what can go in it, click here.

Recycling (Blue) Cart

Chestermere City Council approved Blue Cart Collection as part of CUI’s new Automated Curbside Collection Services. Recycling is now more convenient and easier than ever for our residents!

At this time, we will only accept what is inside the cart. If residents have an excess amount of recycling material that does not fit into their cart or items that fall outside of the list below, the recycle depot is also available for drop off. Click here for recycle depot information.

Acceptable items for your BLUE cart include:

  • Cardboard — flattened
  • Boxboard — cereal boxes, paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls
  • Mixed Paper- junk mail, telephone books, paper bags, office paper, file folder, paper greeting cards, wrapping paper (non metallic)
  • Newspapers, inserts, and magazines
  • Waxy cartons — aseptic packages and waxy cartons (milk, juice, soy cartons)
  • Plastic Bags and bubble wrap — must be bundled into one plastic bag and tied
  • Clean Plastics with the recycling symbols #1 to #7, plus plastic beverage rings, plastic bottle caps, yogurt containers, shampoo bottles, margarine containers, fabric softener bottles.
  • Tin, aluminum foil, pie tins
  • Plastic Bottles and cans — we recommend residents return these to your local bottle depot for a refund or donate to local charities.
  • Shredded paper should be placed in a clear bag, tied and placed in the recycle cart

All of these items can be placed loose inside the recycling cart. Items that contained a food product or other item such as laundry detergent should be given a quick rinse then placed inside the cart.

Why is NO GLASS accepted in the BLUE cart?

Chestermere is among many other municipalities across Western Canada that, at this time, cannot accept any glass bottles or jars in the blue recycling carts. CUI does not take Chestermere’s recycling to the City of Calgary recycling sorting facility, therefore, we cannot recycle the same items as residents of Calgary.

If glass is tossed into your blue cart, the blue cart will not be collected. More often than not, the glass breaks during the collection and shipping process. When the load of recycling material is taken to the Material Recovery Facility, if broken glass is in the load, this material can seriously injure a worker or spoil the quality of good recyclables. For more information on why glass is not allowed in recycling, click here.

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