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.

Rules & Regulations for all users

  1. Garbage and recycling are to be placed at the curb on the schedule day, no earlier than 6 a.m. and no later than 8 a.m.
  2. You may place a maximum of 10 garbage bags, as well as an unlimited amount of recycling bags, each collection day. Bags must be regular size (66 cm x 82.5 cm).
  3. Each bag must weigh less than 50 pounds.
  4. Garbage must be put in a regular sized (66cm x 82.5 cm) garbage bag. Garbage must not be in smaller supermarket sized or kitchen catcher bags or in larger industrial or yard waste bags.
  5. Garbage must be placed in a bin or covered with an approved net or blanket from April 1 to November 30. All garbage must be completely covered.
  6. Do not use chemicals (e.g. bleach) on garbage bags as an animal repellent.
  7. Hypodermic needles and other sharp objects must be placed in a puncture proof container prior to placing in the garbage.
  8. Broken glass must be clearly marked and placed to prevent the glass from sticking out of the container.
  9. Do not place bags of garbage or recycling on snow banks as it can be out of reach for the collectors.
  10. Containers of liquid will not be collected.
  11. Cardboard can be in a bag or broken down and bundled with overall dimensions not exceeding 2 feet by 2 feet by 1 foot.
  12. Ensure your garbage container is clean.
  13. 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.
  14. Garbage can be put in any colour bag – including clear, colourless bags – except for see-through blue.
  15. When using a bin to cover your garbage, weigh it down so that it will not blow around once empty.
  16. The lid or cover of your bin should be tied to the main body of the container.
  17. Garbage bins or nets must be removed from the curb by 8 p.m. on the day of collection.
  18. Fixed garbage containers are not permitted.

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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