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Leaf & Pumpkin Composting Program

The 2016 Leaf & Pumpkin Composting Program runs from Saturday, September 24 to Sunday, November 6, 2016.

Bring your bagged leaves and pumpkins to a drop-off location. The material will be composted rather than thrown away in the landfill. This helps reduce greenhouse gases and creates nutrient-rich compost to help new plants grow.

Please note: No sod, branches or rocks are accepted in the program.

Leaf & Pumpkin Composting drop-off locations

Seasonal neighbourhood drop-offs are set up in 35 convenient locations around Calgary. Find a drop-off location near you on Google Maps below.

You can also find the full list of locations below:

Leaf Pumpkin Locations Accordian

I run a landscaping business. Can I drop off leaves with this program?

The Leaf & Pumpkin Composting program is for residents only. Commercial operators can take leaves to any of the three City landfills, where charges will apply.

Do you also accept plants from my garden?

This program is for leaves and pumpkins only. No sod, branches or rocks please. Other yard waste can be taken to one of our Calgary landfill sites where charges will apply.

Try paper yard waste bags

We accept leaves and pumpkins in plastic bags, but we prefer paper bags. You can find paper bags at many local yard and garden retailers.

100% compostable - These bags are made of paper, so they are completely compostable along with the leaves and pumpkins, leaving no waste behind.

More efficient - Paper yard waste bags speed up the composting process without the extra step of opening plastic bags to compost the leaves and pumpkins.

What can I do after the program ends?

You are welcome to take your leaves and pumpkins to the three City landfills, but normal yard waste rates will apply once the program ends.

Why is the Leaf & Pumpkin Composting program important?

Yard waste makes up about a third of garbage from a home. It also takes up landfill space and adds to greenhouse gas. This program brings in more than two million kilograms of material that would usually end up in the landfill.

When yard waste is put in the landfill, it doesn't break down. Instead, it releases carbon dioxide and methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.

By composting your leaves and pumpkins, you help:

  • Decrease use of our landfills
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Turn waste into nutrient-rich compost
  • Help collection crews during peak times of the year

We also encourage you to compost your own leaves and pumpkins, which are excellent material for your composter. For tips and troubleshooting, visit our composting page.​

Too good to waste

Learn more about how a landfill works and why turning your yard waste into nutrient-rich compost is the best option. You can also find more at our Why Composting? page.