Black Cart – Coming Spring 2019

Blue and Black Carts will be delivered to the front of your home between March 25 and April 19, 2019. Blue and Black Cart collection will start the week of May 6; on your regular garbage pickup date in the same location you normally place your garbage (front street or back alley). The information you receive with your cart will explain which cart will be picked up that first week.

The Blue Cart replaces your blue box, and the Black Cart will be for all other household garbage.

When the program is in full swing, Blue and Black Carts will be picked up every other week, on alternating weeks. Green Carts will continue to be picked up weekly.

Residents are able to customize the size of carts they would like for their individual needs to truly optimize the system so it works for each household. The size of Black Cart a household chooses will be reflected on the utility rate that is approved by Red Deer City Council, the size of Blue Cart chosen will have no impact on the monthly utility rate charged.

Visit to choose your cart size online (available starting October 31, 2019).

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 including:

  • 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.