Automated Garbage Collection

What Is Automated Garbage Collection?

Automated garbage collection consists of specially designed wheeled carts, and collection vehicles equipped with articulated arms. Residents place these carts at the curb and a single operator picks up and dumps the carts using an articulated arm controlled from the truck cab. The carts are used for garbage collection only.

For a guide on Automated Garbage Collection click here.

To learn how and where to place your cart on Garbage Day watch this Video.

Important Note: Recycling collection remains unchanged and must be placed at the curb at least 1 metre (3 feet) away from the garbage cart.

Cart Delivery

Carts will be delivered in phases throughout 2018 and 2019. Phase 1 of cart delivery will start in May 2018 and will take a few weeks to complete. You may start using your cart when you receive it, however, the official start date for Automated Garbage Collection is in June 2018. All households in Phase 1 will be required to use the cart starting June 2018.

Are you in Phase 1?

To find out if you are in Phase 1 of the Automated Garbage Collection Program simply enter your address in your schedule look-up by clicking here. Don’t forget to sign-up for “Reminders” or to download our APP.


For a map of addresses included in Phase 1 of Automated garbage Collection click here. Addresses which are highlighted on the map are included in Phase 1.

Exemption Form

The City of St. John’s will exempt residents who have difficulty maneuvering a cart to the regular collection point from using the garbage carts for curbside collection. To apply for an exemption click here.

Click here for FAQ’s on Automated Garbage Collection