Green Cart

The Green Carts are part of a two-year cart system pilot program that involves approximately 2,000 households throughout Red Deer. Pilot households use the Green Cart to deposit their organics, such as yard waste, food scraps, and pet waste for year-round, weekly pickup and composting. Green Carts will be rolled out city-wide in April 2018.
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How's it going?

In the first six months of the program, over 450 tonnes of Green Cart materials have been collected and composted. Green Cart pilot households are doing their part by generating 2.7 kg less waste each week than households without the Green Cart.

From the first Green Cart survey, we've learned:

  • 79 per cent of participants notice setting out less garbage for collection
  • 87 per cent of participants use the Green Cart to collect food scraps
  • 95 per cent of participants are very satisfied or satisfied with their cart 

Why Green Cart?

Approximately 40 per cent of household waste is organic and can be composted. Sending these materials to be composted and used on local agricultural land diverts material from the landfill.

Who is participating?

A representative sample of Red Deer’s households has already been chosen. Those 2,000 homes were contacted by The City and supplied a Green Cart and Kitchen Catcher. These households are environmental leaders as we pilot this new service and make improvements before launching to the entire community. Refer to the Green Cart Pilot Program Map (pdf) for more information.

What goes in the Green Cart?

  • Branches, leaves, grass and garden debris
  • Table scraps and plate scrapings
  • Fruits and vegetables (raw and cooked)
  • Meat, fish and bones
  • Dairy products
  • Bread and baked goods
  • Coffee grounds/filters and tea bags
  • Pasta, rice, grains and beans
  • Eggs and eggshells
  • Food-soiled paper towels, napkins and tissues
  • Pet waste and kitty litter
  • Hair, pet fur and feathers
  • Dryer lint
  • Wooden popsicle sticks, stir sticks and toothpicks
  • Compostable bags

What does not go in the Green Cart?

  • Plastic bags
  • Bags labeled “biodegradable” or “degradable"
  • Clean paper and cardboard - please place in Blue Box
  • Styrofoam take-out trays, egg cartons, cups etc.
  • Diapers
  • Wax-coated paper products (e.g. coffee cups)
  • Animal carcasses
  • Ashes
  • Branches greater than 1 inch in diameter
  • Noxious weeds
  • Soil, sod and rocks

What about compostable bags?

Look for compostable bags - not biodegradable or degradable - certified with the BPI or Compostable logo. They can be found alongside garbage bags at most retailers. It's important to use certified compostable bags because they break down into compost at a similar rate as yard waste and food scraps.


Certified compostable bags do not have to be used to line the Kitchen Catcher. Alternatives include paper bags, newspapers or no liner at all. Learn how to line your Kitchen Catcher using newspaper.

Resources for participants:

How to set out the Green Cart:

  • Set out the Green Cart before 7 a.m. on your regular collection day. Refer to the Cart Schedule for more information.
  • Put the Green Cart on flat ground with at least 1 metre clearance on all sides of the cart so the truck’s collection arm can pick it up and empty it. Make sure you’re not blocking traffic.
  • Front street collection: Place cart on the street with wheels against the curb, away from parked vehicles or other obstructions such as trees.
  • Back alley collection: Place cart with the wheels facing your home. Don’t place it against a fence or garage.


Read the comprehensive Green Cart Q&A Backgrounder (pdf)

View or download the Green Cart At-A-Glance Reference Card (pdf)

Contact us:
403-340-BLUE (2583)