Residential Organics

Updated January 2024


ORGANICS, RECYCLING AND WASTE User's Guide (updated November 2023)

Download a 2024 calendar (PDF)

Spring/Summer Schedule:

Waste and recycling are now collected in alternating weeks.

Green bins are collected every Monday.

Quick Facts:

  • All residences that pay waste and recycling utilities directly to the Town of Rocky Mountain House will receive a GREEN curbside cart.
  • Residential curbside organics collection began in July 2021.
  • Green carts will be collected every Monday in spring and summer.
    Collection switches to every other Monday in fall and winter months.
  • Materials collected in Rocky Mountain House will be taken to Stickland Farms in Penhold.
  • There is no additional charge for this service. The curbside organics collection program is paid for through residential solid waste base rates.

A 2019 waste audit revealed that 61% (by weight) of the "waste" generated in Rocky Mountain House is organic material that can be composted. Collecting these materials separately will greatly reduce the tonnage of waste going to the landfill and produce a valuable soil amendment. Choosing to divert organics and recyclables from the landfill is a better choice for you, your wallet and the planet. 

What can I put in my GREEN cart? Download a printable version

Food and food scraps  Download a printable version

  • fruit and vegetable peels and cores
  • corn cobs and husks
  • dairy products
  • egg shells
  • baked goods
  • nuts and shells
  • plate scrapings
  • solid fat and grease
  • meat, fish and bones

Plants  Download a printable version

  • leaves and yard waste
  • dirt, soil and rolled sod
  • houseplant clippings and flowers
  • grass clippings, weeds (excluding noxious weeds)
  • branches and prunings (maximum 1inch diameter; 3 ft in length. Must fit in the cart with the lid closed. No elm.)

Paper products  Download a printable version

  • Food-soiled paper
  • tea bags
  • greasy pizza boxes
  • flour and sugar bags
  • paper plates and straws
  • paper muffin wrappers
  • paper coffee bags and filters
  • Paper towels, tissues and napkins
  • Paper or cardboard food containers and drink trays

Natural fibres  Download a printable version

  • Sawdust
  • dryer lint
  • hair and nail clippings
  • wooden toothpicks and chopsticks, popsicle sticks


Pet products  Download a printable version

  • kitty litter
  • pet fur, feathers
  • bird seed and pet food
  • animal bedding (ie: wood shavings, hay)
  • pet waste wrapped in paper or double bagged in paper only 


  • rocks
  • metal
  • rubber
  • diapers
  • garbage
  • clothing
  • styrofoam
  • aluminum
  • wine corks
  • coffee pods
  • tree stumps
  • glossy paper
  • plastic straws
  • noxious weeds
  • cigarette butts
  • radioactive waste
  • hazardous waste
  • animal carcasses
  • ceramics or glass
  • motor oil or oil filters
  • fertilizer or herbicides
  • barbeque/firepit ashes
  • lumber or treated wood
  • plastic bags or containers
  • medicine or medical waste
  • personal hygiene products
  • bricks/stones/concrete/cinder blocks
  • diseased or pest-ridden branches or plants

Download a printable version