Curbside Recycling

The City of St. John’s collects curbside garbage weekly and recycling bi-weekly. For your collection schedule click here.

Sort It:

  • Sort recyclables into two types— containers and paper products.
  • Make sure everything’s clean. Rinse food containers so there’s no food left inside. It’s especially important to rinse milk cartons, as milk will go sour quickly.
  • Remove the lids and caps from your containers, and remove wrap or plastic from boxes and paper.

Bag It:

  • Stash paper products and containers into separate, see-through blue bags. This is important— we can only take recyclables that aren’t mixed together.
  • Use only see-through blue plastic bags that you can buy at most retail stores where you normally buy your garbage bags.
  • Cardboard can be put in a tied up blue bag or can be broken down and placed in bundles at the curb. If bundled it must measure no more than 2ft by 2ft by 1ft, or else it won’t fit in the recycling truck. DO NOT bundle cardboard and then put it in a blue bag; either bundle it or bag it.
  • Put loose recyclables in your blue plastic bag (ie. don’t put them within smaller plastic bags, and then in your blue plastic bag.) The blue plastic bags are recyclable, but the other smaller ones are not.

Curb It:

  • Set your separated blue bags at the curb on recycling day.
  • Recycling doesn’t need to be covered with a net, blanket or put in a container. The garbage covering bylaw does apply to garbage from April 1 to November 30 each year.
  • Your garbage and recycling day depends on your area. To find out when your recycling day is, click here.

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 Transparent Blue Bags

Recycling must be put in regular sized (66cm x 82.5 cm) see-through blue bags only. Each bag must weigh less than 50 pounds. You may place a maximum of 10 garbage bags, as well as an unlimited amount of recycling bags, each collection day.

Cardboard

Can be in a bag or broken down and bundled with overall dimensions not exceeding 2 feet by 2 feet by 1 foot.

What Stays Out

Containers of Liquid

This item will not be collected

Glass

This item will not be collected

Resources

Printable Recycling List

Easy reminders right where you need it

Download

Paper Yard Waste Bags Coupon

Coupon is valid from April 23 - June 30, 2018

Download

Put Waste in Its Place

Not sure how and where to dispose of certain items. Search by keyword to discover how you can put waste in its place.

Wednesday, Nov. 14th Pickup Notice

Due to high wind warnings, the Automated Garbage Cart Collection for Area 2A/2B is cancelled for November 14th.

For this week only, if you have a City-issued garbage cart and your collection day is usually Tuesday, however this week it is Wednesday due to the Holiday, it will be collected on Friday, Nov. 16th. Do not put your garbage cart or recycling to the curb before 6:00 a.m. on Friday.

Area 2A/2B residents not using the City-issued garbage carts should put out their garbage and recycling on Wednesday Nov 14th.

Thursday, Nov. 15th Pickup Notice

Due to high wind warnings, the Automated Garbage Cart Collection for Area 3A/3B is cancelled for November 15th.

For this week only, if you have a City-issued garbage cart and your collection day is usually Wednesday, however this week it is Thursday due to the Holiday, it will be collected on Saturday, November 17th. Do not put your garbage cart or recycling to the curb before 6:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Area 3A/3B residents not using the City-issued garbage carts should put out their garbage and recycling on Thursday, November 15th.