Curbside Collection – Garbage, Compost, and Recycling

CUI provides garbage, recycling and compost management services to the residences in Chestermere, Alberta.

Since implementing the green and blue cart curbside collection program, over 70% of waste has been diverted from landfills to compost and recycling facilities.

CUI collects recycling (blue carts) weekly, and garbage on a bi-weekly schedule (every other week) year-round. Residents can dispose of two clear bags of garbage every other week. If required, extra garbage bag tags are available for purchase from the City of Chestermere (City Hall).

Green carts (organics) are collected bi-weekly (once every two weeks) through the winter months (November through March). This collection alternates with the bi-weekly garbage collection. Green carts are collected weekly from April through the end of October when yard waste volumes are high.

Please ensure you sort and dispose of your waste appropriately to prevent contamination of the waste streams. To effectively manage disposal costs to Chestermere residents, CUI will NOT collect garbage bags that contain prohibited materials and/or weigh more than 25 kg. The City of Calgary increased our tipping costs in October 2018 from $113 per tonne to $180 per tonne for any prohibited materials received at their landfills. Prohibited materials include paper, cardboard, food waste, yard waste, and construction materials. To effectively manage disposal costs and reduce contamination of the waste streams, our operators will be inspecting clear bags, as well as contents of blue and green carts. Any clear bags that contain prohibited materials and/or weigh more than 25kg will be tagged and not collected.

If you aren’t sure what goes where, please visit Sorting Central.

When is my green cart, blue cart and garbage collected?

Never miss a collection! CUI’s Collection Calendar allows you to search your address and view your pickup schedule.

  • To find your pickup day, type your address in the search box.
  • Print a calendar, or add an online calendar (Google, iCal, Outlook).
  • Sign up for free weekly reminders and service alerts. Choose text, phone, email, Android or iOS App, or twitter.


Curbside Collection Tips


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

Carts and garbage MUST be placed curbside by 7am on your collection day.

The blue and green carts are assigned to each residence by a serial number. If an occupant moves, the carts are to remain with the property/residence.

Garbage Collection

Up to two (2) large, clear, securely tied bags of garbage are picked up bi-weekly from every customer. 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 most compost or recycle items CAN be placed loose into their respective cart (exceptions include shredded paper which should be bagged, and plastic bags which should be bundled). Garbage that is set out loose in a garbage bin, 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 (organics) are collected weekly in the spring and summer months when there is a high volume of yard waste. They are collected bi-weekly (once every two weeks) for the winter months, starting in November through the end of March.

For more information on your green cart and what can go in it, click here. The maximum weight for a compost bin is 109 kg.

Compostable materials, including pet waste, can be placed loose inside the green cart. If you choose to use bags, make sure they are compostable. Compostable bags are available at grocery, drug and home improvement stores, usually in the same aisle as garbage bags. Do not use a plastic bag or bags marked as “biodegradeable” to line your kitchen pail because they will not break down during the composting process ad they will contaminate the finished compost. For residents who regularly walk their dog and use non-compostable bags, please use the public trash container for disposal as we want to prevent non-compostable materials from entering and contaminating the organics waste stream.

Recycling (Blue) Cart

CUI is committed to recycling as many materials as possible to keep them out of landfills and to protect the environment.

Good news! Glass jars and bottles can now be disposed of in your blue cart! There is no need to bring these to the Recycle Depot. Just ensure your glass bottles and jars are clean and dispose of them with your other recyclable materials.

Recyclables should be placed loose inside the blue 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. The maximum weight for a recycling bin is 152kg.

Acceptable items for your BLUE cart include:

  • Glass bottles and jars (new!)
  • 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


If residents have an excess amount of recycling material that does not fit into their blue cart, it can be dropped off at the CUI Recycle Depot. Also, a wide variety of items that can’t go into your blue cart, can be recycled at the Recycle Depot including electronics, tires, paints and some small appliances. Cooking oil can also be disposed of at the depot. Click here for CUI Recycle Depot information.

If you are not sure how to dispose of an item check out our online Sorting Central Tool. It will help you determine whether an item can be recycled, composted or sent to the landfill.

Visit Sorting Central to search for an item. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Suggest it within the tool!


Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for the answers to some of the more frequently asked questions about our Curbside Collection Services.