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Carts must be placed to the curb in a safe secure manner on an area which is as level as possible for ease of collection and to avoid damage to the cart.
The 240 Litre carts can hold approximately 4 standard sized garbage bags. Recycling and yard waste bags must be placed outside the cart 1 metre away.
Although the cart will remain the property of the City of St. John’s, liability for the cart will rest with the property owner. Property owners will be charged cost recovery for the replacement of carts that are vandalized, stolen or lost. The City will only replace carts that are defective or damaged as a result of garbage collection efforts.
Residents are asked to store their carts as close to the house as possible, inside a garage, shed, backyard, outdoor storage unit, covered porch/ balcony, at the side of your home, or in your front yard against your home, garage or fence. Some houses, apartments and townhomes have limited storage space. City employees are available to work with you or your property manager to find site-specific solutions for storing your carts.
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 June 11, 2018. All households in Phase 1 will be required to use the cart starting June 11, 2018.
This will give the City of St. John’s an opportunity to assess the program and identify any challenges that need to be addressed before the program is offered city wide. Residents will be notified before they receive a cart.
Carts will be provided to households at no charge. The program will be included in the City of St. John’s Operating Budget. However, liability for the cart will rest with the property owner. Property owners will be charged cost recovery for the replacement of carts that are vandalized, stolen or lost. The City will only replace carts that are defective or damaged as a result of garbage collection efforts.
Household garbage will only be collected from City provided garbage carts. If a property owner decides that a garbage cart is not required, the City will arrange to have the cart picked up.
The new wheeled carts are very durable and easy to handle. Instead of lifting your garbage to the curb you will be able to simply wheel your bin to the curb. You will be able to select a container size based on your needs.
The new automated collection system will allow us to collect your garbage faster, and provide a safer work environment for the collection staff which will reduce workers’ sick or injury time and costs.
Because the carts are fully enclosed with a lid, the amount of litter on our streets as well as odor and pest problems caused by garbage will be reduced.
Residents outside of the downtown area that currently receive curbside collection will be supplied with a specially designed wheeled garbage cart. On collection day, residents wheel their cart to the front of their residence for collection the City then empties the cart using trucks equipped with a mechanical arm.
Automated garbage collection is a system where garbage carts are emptied using a mechanical arm on a garbage truck, instead of lifting the waste by hand.