who is calgary can?

Calgary Can is a group of Calgarians who are dedicated to reducing waste and improving recycling opportunities in Calgary by collaborating with the bottle picking community. 

Our vision is that bottle pickers are valued and compensated for their environmental and economic contributions; and our mission is to create a community-driven enterprise that involves and employs bottle pickers on their own terms.

There are innovative and inspiring organizations working with bottle pickers across Canada and we're proud to be partners with them! Check out The Binners' Project in Vancouver and Les Valoristes in Montreal to find out more about what's happening on the informal recycling front in other cities!


News AND Updates




Thank you to everyone that participated in the PICK'd Pilot Program! After a few months running the pilot, we have collected valuable feedback from pickers and participants. We are going to evaluate this feedback over the summer and modify the program with the hopes of re-launching an even better program in the late summer or early fall. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, if you want to learn more about the program, check out our FAQs.



and sponsors

Calgary Can wouldn't be where it is today without the help and support of these amazing organizations:


Contact Us

Are you a bottle picker in Calgary? Do you want to work with Calgary Can in some way or become a member of our Bottle Picker Advisory Committee? If so, please fill out the form below and introduce yourself!

We are always looking for passionate and dedicated people to join our team at Calgary Can. If you care about our community, and the contribution that bottle pickers make, then please consider leaving us feedback, volunteering at an event or donating to our organization.


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