Black Cart

Pretty much everything that can't go in your Green (organics) or Blue (recycling) Carts can go in your Black Cart.
What goes in the Black Cart?

Pretty much everything that doesn't go in your Green (organics) or Blue (recycling) Carts can go in your Black Cart. This includes:

  • Styrofoam
  • Diapers
  • Plastic films
  • Aluminum foil
  • Gift wrap and ribbons
  • Laminated paper
  • Wax paper
  • Small lids
  • Multi-material packaging (e.g. chip bags, frozen food trays, deodorant, toothpaste and pet food bags)

Unacceptable items: remember to take batteries, e-waste, household hazardous waste, fluorescent lights and tires to the Waste Management Facility for proper disposal.

Cart User Guide
  1. Store your carts where it is most convenient for you, like in your yard or garage.
  2. Write your address on the white area on the side of your carts.
  3. Review what goes inside each cart.
  4. Set the appropriate carts out on your collection day.
  5. Place any excess yard waste beside the Green Cart, according to the pickup guidelines.
  6. Return the carts back to your property after collection.
  7. Periodically rinsing your carts can help keep them tidy.
    What are the cart size options?

    Blue and Black Carts are collected every other week on alternating weeks and Green Carts are collected weekly.

    There is only one charge on your utility bill that covers Green, Blue and Black Cart collection services. The amount is determined by the size of Black Cart selected only. Your Green, Blue and Black Cart do not need to be the same size. 

    Small:
    120 litres - holds 2 blue boxes of recycling or 1 ½ regular garbage bags
    Monthly utility rate if you select a 120 litre Black Cart: $18.25
    Graphic showing how much garbage a small cart will hold 
    Medium:
    240 litres - holds 4 blue boxes of recycling or 3 regular garbage bags
    Monthly utility rate if you select a 240 litre Black Cart: $22.25 
    Graphic showing how much garbage a medium sized cart will hold 
    Extra Large:
    360 litres - holds 6 blue boxes of recycling or 4 ½ garbage bags
    Monthly utility rate if you select a 360 litre Black Cart: $28.25
    Graphic showing how much garbage an extra large sized cart will hold 
    Can I request a different size Black Cart?

    If you would like to switch your Black and/or Blue Cart(s) for another size, you will have the opportunity to do so after September 1, 2019. Only one request per account will be accepted so if you wish to exchange both of your carts, you must do so at the same time. 

    Cart exchange requests can be made by phoning the Blue Line at 403 340 BLUE (2583) or by email at carts@reddeer.ca.

    New residents have the opportunity to choose their Blue and Black Cart size when moving in.

    How do I set the carts out for collection?

    Carts are picked up by an automated collection truck, so it’s important to follow the collection instructions:

    When:

    Set out by 7 a.m. on your regular collection day, year-round.

    How:

    Make sure the lid is closed and place the carts on flat ground with at least one metre clearance all around and above each of them so the truck’s collection arm can pick it up and empty it. This includes ensuring both carts placed that day, and any extra yard waste has the same clearance so the automated trucks can access it. If the collection contractors are unable to properly access your carts, they won’t be able to collect the contents that week, so placement is an important step.

    Where:

    Front street collection: Place the carts on the street with the wheels against the curb and white directional arrow pointing toward the street. Make sure the carts are away from parked vehicles or other obstructions such as trees, and that it is not blocking traffic.

    Back alley collection: Place the carts with the wheels toward your property and white directional arrow pointing toward the alley. Make sure the carts are not placed against a fence or garage, and that it is not blocking traffic.

    Make sure to roll your carts back to your property after they have been emptied.

    Landfill (Waste Management Facility)

    Landfill hours, and tipping fees for garbage, recycling, yard waste and household hazardous waste.

    Sign up for alerts

    Use your Notify Red Deer account to sign up for cart collection schedule alerts.

    Questions?

    Carts Frequently Asked Questions

    Email: carts@reddeer.ca
    Phone: 403-340-BLUE (2583)