Changes to Airdrie's organics processor

On June 11, 2019, Rocky View County Council directed TNC Compost Facility (Thorlakson's Nature's Call) to cease receipt of new compost materials and to clean up any onsite feedstock and materials within 90 days.

Airdrie's residential green cart organics material has been going to this facility since the organics program began in 2014, however, the City did not contract directly to TNC.

We are working with our contractor to finalize an alternate organics processing location and in the interim the material is going to the GFL Nutrient Recycling Centre in Calgary. We do not expect an interruption in service to our residents.

There is no anticipated impact to the 2019 waste management fees as a result of this change.


Acceptable compostable bags and liners

A liner is not required for use in your kitchen pail however, if you do choose to use a liner you may use:

  • Paper bags
  • Newspaper
  • Compostable bags

Compostable bags are available at most grocery and home hardware retailers in Airdrie. Biodegradable bags are not the same as compostable bags

Compostable bagsBiodegradable or oxo-biodegradable bags
Made from a food by-product such as corn starch and break down into compost Are made from plastic

Are usually opaque and feel softer than plastic bags

Plastic bags prevent the flow of air, which is required during the composting process
Guaranteed to completely break down during the composting process Break apart into small plastic pieces, which do not completely decompose
Have a certified compostable logo Diminishes the quality of the finished compost


If you choose to use a compostable bag, ensure it has one of these symbols:


Did you know? Pet waste goes in your organics cart

Acceptable pet waste includes pet feces, cat litter and bedding for pets such as hamsters, guinea pigs etc. Pet waste will be accepted either loose or within a certified compostable or paper bag.

Pet waste will not be accepted in organics receptacles in city parks.


Contact us

Waste & Recycling

P. 403.948.0246

F. 403.948.8819