Now accepting pet waste

Starting April 1, residents can put pet waste in their residential organics carts.

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.


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:


Don't get STUCK

During winter, the contents of your green cart may freeze to the sides or bottom of the cart. Drivers performing the collection make every effort to dump the entire contents of your green cart, however, if your organics get stuck inside your cart, please be patient and wait until the next organics collection day.

Use these tips to avoid organics freezing to the cart:

  • Wrap food with high moisture content in soiled boxes or newspaper
  • Lining your cart will act as a barrier. Use an acceptable green cart liner such as newspaper, paper bags, soiled pizza boxes, or compostable bags layer wet organics (food waste, leaves) with dry organics (newspaper, pizza boxes)
  • Add crumpled newspaper to the bottom of your cart
  • Don't force the contents of the cart down
  • Strain excess liquid from soups and sauces with a strainer and only place the solid pieces in the cart
  • Store well-wrapped organics waste in the freezer and then place it in your cart on collection day

Check out the Winter green cart tips guide for more information on how to stay unstuck this winter.


Contact us

Waste & Recycling

P. 403.948.0246

F. 403.948.8819