Curbside Collection

The city offers garbage pick-up every week, and recycling pick-up every second week.

When curbside recycling pick-up began the City switched to a Fixed Day Collection Schedule. This means that your garbage will be picked up on the same day of the week, every week and your recycling on the same day, every second week. In the event of a holiday, especially around the Christmas season, please consult your calendar.

To accommodate the recycling pick-ups, the City has split each collection area in two halves – A & B. To find out if you are in Area A or B for recycling collection please check here or call 311.

IMPORTANT: Collection calendars are in the CITY GUIDE which are mailed to residents. If you have misplaced your calendar you can get one here or call 311.

Commercial

If you are a business in St. John’s, you can avail of the curbside collection service provided to residents, as long as you abide by the residential rules and regulations.

IMPORTANT: Rather than avail of the City’s collection service, many businesses hire private contractors to collect their waste. These contractors require a valid waste disposal permit and will be subject to the appropriate tipping fees at the Robin Hood Bay Waste Management Facility.

Curbside Waste Collection Rules and Tips

  • To sign up for reminders or download the St. John’s Waste APP go to www.curbitstjohns.ca.
  • Garbage, recycling, and yard waste are to be placed at the curb on the schedule day, no earlier than 6 a.m. and no later than 8 a.m.
  • Garbage is collected weekly.

NEW Automated Garbage Collection

  • Automated Garbage Collection areas must use City issued garbage carts for collection. Only garbage in the cart will be collected.
  • Garbage must be bagged. You can use any bag for your garbage except blue recycling bags or in yard waste bags.
  • Place your cart at the curb, just off the road at the shoulder, or at the end of the drive way.
  • Make sure the arrows on the lid are pointing to the road. The lid must be completely closed.
  • Blue recycling bags and paper yard waste bags must be placed at the curb at least 1 metre (3 feet) away from the garbage cart.

Garbage Collection (non-automated)

  • Garbage must be put in a regular sized garbage bag. Garbage must not be in smaller supermarket sized or kitchen catcher bags, blue recycling bags, larger industrial bags, or in yard waste bags.
  • Households not in the Automated Garbage Collection areas may place a maximum of 10 garbage bags.
  • Garbage must be placed in a bin or covered with an approved net or blanket from April 1 to November 30.
  • Place your garbage at the curb, just off the road at the shoulder, or at the end of the drive way.
  • Do not use chemicals (e.g. bleach) on garbage bags as an animal repellent.

Recycling Collection

  • Recycling is collected biweekly.
  • Recycling must be put in regular sized see-through blue bags only.
  • There is no limit to the number of recycling bags set out to the curb.
  • Rinse your food containers before recycling them.
  • Cardboard can be in a bag or broken down and bundled with overall dimensions not exceeding 2 feet by 2 feet by 1 foot.

NEW Yard Waste Collection

  • Yard waste is collected biweekly from May 1 to November 30 each year.
  • Yard waste must be put in paper yard waste bags only.
  • There is no limit to the number of paper yard waste bags set out to the curb.

Other Rules and Tips to Remember for Automated Carts and Garbage Bags

  • Each bag must weigh less than 50 pounds.
  • Hypodermic needles and other sharp objects must be placed in a puncture proof container prior to placing in the garbage.
  • Broken glass must be clearly marked and placed to prevent the glass from sticking out of the container.
  • Do not place carts or bags behind or on snow banks. Please make sure your waste is clearly visible and accessible.
  • Containers of liquid will not be collected.
  • Cardboard can be in a bag or broken down and bundled with overall dimensions not exceeding 2 feet by 2 feet by 1 foot.
  • Ensure your waste container is clean.
  • Bundled materials (branches, carpets, etc) must be less than 2 feet in length and have overall dimensions not exceeding 2 feet by 2 feet by 1 foot.
  • When using a non-City issued cart/ bin to cover your waste, weigh it down so that it will not blow around once empty. The lid or cover of your bin should be tied to the main body of the container.
  • Recycling and yard waste does not need to be covered, but you can cover it, especially on windy days.
  • Garbage bins or nets must be removed from the curb by 8 p.m. on the day of collection.

 

 

What Goes In

Regular-sized (66cm x 82.5cm) Garbage Bags

Each bag must weigh less than 50 pounds and it cannot be in smaller supermarket sized or kitchen catcher bags or in larger industrial or yard waste bags.

Broken glass

Broken glass must be clearly marked and placed to prevent the glass from sticking out of the container.

Hypodermic Needles

Hypodermic needles and other sharp objects must be placed in a puncture proof container prior to placing in the garbage.

What Stays Out

Containers of liquid

This item will not be collected

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