Automated garbage truck lifting a garbage cart.

Curbside Waste Collection

The City of St. John’s offers garbage pick-up every week, recycling pick-up every second week, and from May to November yard waste pick-up on the same day as recycling.

We use a Fixed Day Collection Schedule meaning your garbage is picked up on the same day of the week, every week, and your recycling and yard waste on the same day, every second week. In the event of a holiday, check your schedule.

A maximum of four regular garbage bags per household can be put at the curb each collection day. This is the same as fits in garbage carts so there is no change for those areas.

To learn your recycling week (week A or B) check your schedule or call Access St. John’s at 311 or 709-754-CITY (2489).

NOTE: Collection calendars are in the City Guide magazine mailed to residents four times a year. If you have misplaced your calendar view it online, pick one up at City Hall or a City Community Centre or call Access St. John’s.

Residents can also dispose of waste at the Residential Drop-Off at Robin Hood Bay, open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.

If you have a business located on an existing collection route, curbside collection service may be provided. The same rules and parameters as residential waste collection applies.

Collection Tools

Never miss a garbage or recycling day by signing up for reminders of your weekly curbside collection or download the Curbit St. John’s app.

Collection Rules and Regulations

Residences that have been assigned a City-issued garbage cart must use the cart for curbside collection. All bags must fit in the cart with the lid closed. Learn more details about Automated Garbage Collection.

Residences without a City-issued cart put a maximum of four regular-size bags of garbage at the curb; each bag must weigh less than 22 kg (50 pounds). Garbage bags must be covered with a bin or net from April to November each year.

Garbage must be in clear, colourless garbage bags with the exception of one privacy bag (not see-through).

Hypodermic needles should never be put in garbage. Use a proper sharps disposable container which are available at pharmacies and when filled return to the pharmacy for proper disposal.

Sharp objects including broken glass must be placed in a puncture proof container so that no sharp edges are exposed. Mark the container as ‘broken glass’ prior to placing in with garbage.

Properly place your cart/bags at the curb; learn the correct waste placement which is dependent on the type of street your home is on. Never put waste carts, bags or anything on sidewalks as it impedes pedestrian safety and is an accessibility concern.

Blue recycling bags and paper yard waste bags must be at the curb at least 1 metre (3 feet) away from garbage carts.

Waste can be put at the curb between 6 and 8 a.m. on the collection day only; do not put waste out at the curb the day or night before your collection day.

Remove carts, nets or uncollected waste from the curb by 8 p.m. on collection day.


For the complete St. John’s Sanitation Regulations By-Law click here.