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.

Rules and Tips for Curbside Garbage and Recycling Collection:

  1. Recycling is 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 an unlimited amount of recycling bags out each collection day.
  3. Each bag must weigh less than 50 pounds.
  4. Recycling must be put in regular sized (66cm x 82.5 cm) see-through blue bags only.
  5. Do not use chemicals (e.g. bleach) on garbage bags as an animal repellent.
  6. Do not place bags on snow banks as it can be out of reach for the collectors.
  7. Cardboard can be in a bag or broken down and bundled with overall dimensions not exceeding 2 feet by 2 feet by 1 foot.
  8. Ensure your recycling container is clean.
  9. Recycling does not need to be covered, but you can cover it, especially on windy days.
  10. Rinse your food containers before recycling them.

To find out if an item is recyclable use our look up below by typing in the item (i.e. plastic bottle)

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

Fridge Decal

Easy reminders right on your fridge door

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Paper Yard Waste Bags Coupon

Coupon is valid from April 23 - June 30, 2018

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