Community cleanups happening in Calgary this May

Winter can be a long, cold season that causes us to hibernate indoors and perhaps not get around to certain chores as often as we’d like. Over the months, unwanted items and trash can start to accumulate in our homes and our neighbourhoods when it’s too cold to venture too far from home. However, when spring rolls around, it’s time to get that old junk out of the yard, streets, alleyways and garages.

Each spring, the City of Calgary teams up with local communities to get rid of all that old pesky junk so that your homes and your streets can be free of any old build-up. Unwanted household items, property waste, old mattresses – whatever you need to get rid of, the city is here to help. Running May 4-19, neighbourhoods who applied and were approved for community clean-up will see three large packer trucks with crews in their area from 9am-12pm on their scheduled clean-up day. This free service allows local Calgary residents to dispose of unwanted items properly, whether they do not fit in their bins, are unable to transport them or perhaps do not have cart collection. This scheduled community clean-up allows for the city trucks to dump all unwanted items at the closest landfill to maximize efficiency and minimize wasted time and fuel.

Visit the City of Calgary website to view the community clean-up schedule. If your community is participating this year, here’s how you can start preparing:

Yard waste

Leaves, branches, plants, grass clippings and other yard waste (excluding sod) will be accepted for composting. Yard waste must be separated from other items and all organic materials collected at the clean-ups will be taken to one of the city’s composting facilities.

Community recycling depots

Items for recycling can be taken to your local community recycling depot. Please check the community recycling depot page for a location near you.

Other items for recycling

Some clean-ups may accept additional items for recycling. They may also organize a “free store” where you can drop off and/or select items for donation – free of charge. Check your community association website for details. These items include:

  • Baby car seats
  • Cell phones and cell phone batteries
  • Paper shredding
  • Home appliances (free store item)
  • Home electronics
  • Large pieces of furniture
  • Scrap metal (ex. barbeques, lawnmowers and filing cabinets)

The garbage trucks will not accept the following items:

  • Car batteries
  • Glass (ex. window panes, glass table tops)
  • Household appliances with Freon (ex. refrigerators, freezers)
  • Microwaves
  • Liquids (ex. cooking oils)
  • Large metal items (ex. lawnmowers, barbeques)
  • Railway ties
  • Sod or dirt
  • Household hazardous waste (ex. propane tanks, paint or automobile, cleaning, healthcare and gardening chemicals)

Household hazardous waste materials can be brought directly to a household hazardous waste drop-off location.

Not sure what to do with an item?

Visit to find the right recycling and disposal options for your unwanted items.

Resident inquiries: please contact your local community association for more details.

Volunteer opportunities: Gloves, garbage bags, food and refreshments will be provided for the group of community volunteers. Contact your local community association to get involved.

Community association member inquiries: please contact 3-1-1.



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