Green Cart

Green Carts are for organics such as kitchen scraps, yard waste and pet waste. Green Carts gets picked up every week on your collection day.
What goes in the Green Cart?

Green Carts are for organics such as kitchen scraps, yard waste and pet waste. This includes:

Kitchen scraps

  • Fruits and vegetables (raw and cooked)
  • Table and plate scraps
  • Meat, fish, bones and poultry carcasses
  • Dairy products
  • Bread and baked goods
  • Coffee grounds, filters and tea bags
  • Pasta, grains and beans
  • Eggs and eggshells
  • Food-soiled paper towels and napkins

Yard waste

  • Brush, leaves and branches
  • Grass and garden debris
  • Wood shavings and chips
  • Visit Yard Waste to learn more

Pet Waste

  • All forms of pet waste
  • Kitty litter
  • Pet fur and feathers

Don't put these items in your cart

  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic containers
  • Styrofoam
  • Diapers
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Large or domestic animal carcasses
  • Diseased branches
  • Fire pit, fire place or barbecue ashes
  • Sod, soil, rocks or gravel

View the full list of what goes in your Green Cart (pdf)

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.
    Kitchen Container User Guide
    1. Store your Kitchen Container where most convenient, like under the sink.
    2. Empty your Kitchen Container into your Green Cart as necessary.
    3. Wash or rinse your container as needed. Your Kitchen Container is also dishwasher safe.
    4. Lining the Kitchen Container can also help keep it tidy. Paper bags, newspaper or certified compostable bags can all be used. Guide to compostable bags and liners (pdf)
    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:


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


    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.


    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.

    Sign up for alerts

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


    Carts Frequently Asked Questions

    Phone: 403-340-BLUE (2583)