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.

In mid-November 2017, a new waste collection schedule will start.

CUI will continue to collect compost, and recycling one day per week. in previous years, CUI picked up green cart materials every two weeks during the winter months. We are excited to now provide weekly year-round organics collection to ensure proper sorting and disposal of food waste using the green organics carts rather than garbage bags.

With the reduction in waste, it is now logistically possible to streamline garbage collection to a bi-weekly schedule (every other week). This new waste collection schedule will be implemented in mid-November 2017. Rather than disposing of one bag every week, residents will now be able to dispose of two bags every other week. If required, extra bag tags are still available for purchase from either CUI’s office or the City of Chestermere (City Hall).

We will continue to provide information about the new waste collection schedule as it becomes available.



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.

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. Once the new bi-weekly collection schedule is implemented in November (garbage pick-up every two weeks), residences can dispose of two bags on each collection day.

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 CUI’s office or 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). 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 are collected weekly.

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.

Recycling (Blue) Cart

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

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:

  • 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



Chestermere is among many other municipalities across Western Canada that 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, so 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. Glass often breaks during the collection and shipping process. When recycling material is taken to the Material Recovery Facility, broken glass in the load may seriously injure a worker or spoil the quality of good recyclables. For more information on why glass is not allowed in recycling, click here.

CUI is committed to recycling as many materials as possible to keep them out of  landfills and to protect the environment. 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 CUI Recycle Depot including clean glass jars and bottles, electronics, tires, paints and some large appliances. 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!