What materials are accepted in the blue cart?
Newspaper, catalogues and magazines, mixed paper, flyers, envelopes, shredded paper (placed inside a transparent plastic bag), telephone books and soft cover books, paper coffee cups, fast food cups (un-waxed)
Boxboard, corrugated cardboard, Tetra Pak (juice/soup boxes)
Tin food containers
Metal food and beverage containers, aluminum cans, aluminum foil and aluminum foil plates, jar lids, refundable aluminum beverage containers
Plastic containers with the recycling symbols 1-7, excluding polystyrene foam (Styrofoam), plastic bags, wrap and film: all bundled within a single bag for collection
Glass food containers, refundable glass beverage containers
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-948-0246.
Collection and placement
Blue carts are collected once weekly year round on the business day following your organics and garbage collection.
Place your blue cart at the curb by 7 a.m. on your collection day. Leave a minimum of 1 metre clearance around the entire cart to ensure trucks are able to access it.
Carts cannot be placed at the curb between two vehicles as the truck arms cannot reach. Place your cart out past any parked vehicles. The recycling collection trucks are automated and equipped to pick up only carts and not excess recycling around it. If you have excess recycling, please take it to the Recycle Depot.
Changes to cup disposal
We’re making changes to where we place disposable cups. Disposable paper coffee/drink cups should no longer go in the green cart with your organics as our processor is finding the plastic liner does not break down during the recycling process and compromises the final product. Disposable paper coffee/drink cups can be recycled in your blue cart.
There are few waxed cups out there as most fast food drink cups now have a plastic liner like the common paper coffee cups but if you do come across a waxed cup they should be placed in the garbage as they are no longer able to process them in the organics and they are not accepted in the blue cart program.
The recycling collection trucks are automated and equipped to pick up only carts and not excess recycling around it. If you have excess recycling, please take it to the Recycle Depot or store it until the next collection day.
Airdrie's recycling is taken to a sorting facility in Calgary. Check out The City of Calgary's informative video about how recycling is sorted once it arrives at their sorting facility.
The image below is Airdrie's recycling being dropped off at the sorting facility during the first week of collection.
Waste & Recycling