Calgary Recycling Facts

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Do you wonder what’s happening with your recyclables in Calgary? Over 80% of your blue bin materials are sorted and recycled. Contamination happens when the wrong items are put into the wrong bins. This can create serious challenges at the sorting facility. Your recyclables get turned into all sorts of things! By recycling and composting, we have reduced black cart …

Where Should Furniture Go?

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Welcome to today’s Residential Recycling & Disposal Info for Newcomers! From time to time, you need to get rid of furniture such as Sofas, couches Tables, desks Shelves Chairs, … Because they are broken, or because you are simply replacing them with new ones. Where should we place used furniture? Furniture in good condition Donate or drop-off items to participating …

Metal Cans

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Welcome to today’s Residential Recycling & Disposal Info for Newcomers! Metal cans are used widely for food and beverage alike. Common items packed in metal cans include: Coffee Cookies & biscuits Sardine and tuna Beans, vegetables and soups Pet food for dogs or cats Where do we place metal cans? Rinse and dry the cans before recycling; Place metal lids …

Makeup and Cosmetics

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Welcome to today’s Residential Recycling & Disposal Info for Newcomers! Where should we place used makeup and cosmetics? Old and used makeup cases, tubes and cosmetics containers belong your black cart as garbage: Eyeshadow and eyebrow palettes Lipstick Lip gloss Mascara tubes Eyeliner and brow pencils Makeup brushes and applicators Note that brand-new (100% unused and untouched) cosmetics, skin care …

Where Should Plastic Bags Go

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Welcome to today’s Residential Recycling & Disposal Info for Newcomers! The first mass-produced plastic was invented in 1907. Since the 1960s, we largely depend on plastic in our daily life to the point that we are drowning in it. Nowadays, people are encouraged to use compostable paper bags or reusable cloth bags in place of single-use plastic bags. Every single …

Garbage, Recycling & Composting Pickup Schedule

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Welcome to today’s Residential Recycling & Disposal Info for Newcomers! The City of Calgary has a simple tool to help you find out your Blue, Black and Green Cart collection day schedule. You can also sign up to receive free pickup day reminders. Visit Find Your Pickup Day, type your address in the purple search box: Collection schedules and reminders …

Usable or Damaged Clothes and Shoes

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Welcome to today’s Residential Recycling & Disposal Info for Newcomers! Can you recycle clothing, shoes and textiles? Yes! Don’t put textiles in the garbage! There are many ways to keep clothing, shoes and textiles out of the City landfills. Donate usable clothing and shoes to local charities or drop-off charity bins near you. Be sure to contact them first to …

How to Recycle Batteries

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Welcome to today’s Residential Recycling & Disposal Info for Newcomers! Batteries are an important part of our daily life, but do you know how to correctly recycle batteries? We have carts of three different colors: Black Cart, Blue Cart & Green Cart, and you may ask where you should place batteries. The answer is no, you cannot place batteries (rechargeable …

Parchment Paper & Aluminum Foil

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When we cook or bake in an oven, we often line the baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Where should we place them after we finish cooking? Find the answer in today’s Residential Recycling & Disposal Info for Newcomers and different creative ways to reuse aluminum foils! Parchment paper Parchment paper is compostable and belongs to your green …