Organics collection is now bi-weekly. 

To view or print your collection calendar check the Collection Calendar & Map.

Please note: We collect on ALL statutory holidays except Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Collection Tips

Lining and layering

Line the bottom and sides of your organics cart with newspaper/cardboard.This reduces the possibility of organics freezing to the cart when the temperature drops. Layering is even more important during the time of year when temperatures fluctuate frequently.

Keep it fluffy

Avoid packing contents of the cart down. Organic materials may become stuck in the cart and the truck may not be able to fully empty it.

Wrap it up

Wrap wet or smelly organics in soiled boxes (from cereal or crackers), paper bags or newspaper to help prevent them from freezing to the cart.

Bag it!
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Accepted material

Wondering what you can include in your organics cart?


On Monday September 26, 2016, Council approved amendments to the Waste Management Bylaw required to move forward with Cochrane's organics collection program. See the presentation.

Town of Cochrane is required by the City of Calgary to implement organic collection in order to continue using City of Calgary landfills.

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Did you know:

  • In 2015, Cochrane sent about 2,000 tonnes of organic waste to landfill — all material could have been turned into compost.
  • Organic waste in landfill releases methane, a greenhouse gas that is 23x more potent than carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere.
  • About 60% of the current waste in your garbage could actually be composted