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What is automated garbage collection?

Automated garbage collection consists of specially designed wheeled carts, and collection vehicles equipped with articulated arms. Residents place these carts in designated spots on the curb and a single operator picks up and dumps the carts using an articulated arm controlled from the truck cab. The carts are used for garbage only. Recycling collection remains unchanged.
Carts are owned by the City and assigned to each property. They have large wheels that are easy to roll over curbs, gravel, snow, they are made from durable plastic and have a life span of 15-20 years and come with a 10-year warranty. Residents are responsible for keeping their cart clean and secure and are required to use a City-issued cart.
The size of the cart to be used will be decided following the engagement process.
Implementation of automated garbage collection is expected to start in 2018 and be phased in over time.
For more information or to get involved with the engagement process please click here.

Recycling Does Make a Difference!

You can reduce your waste by more than 50% by using the City Of St. John's curbside recycling program. You will also be making a big difference in helping the environment! 

Need help? If you are looking to start recycling in your home we can assist you. We are always here to help! Just email us at publicworks@stjohns.ca or call 311.

Waste App 'St. John’s Waste and Recycling'

With the St. John’s Waste and Recycling app you will get reminders and notifications sent to you about your garbage and recycling schedule, changes to the schedule due to weather and holidays as well as updates on new and upcoming events. You will have all the answers at your finger tips with the unique search feature called "Put Waste In Its Place". Just press Put Waste In Its Place and type in the item you are looking to dispose of and all the information is right there.

You can also
sign up for reminders, without having to download the app.

We can send you reminders by:

  • text message
  • email
  • Twitter direct message
  • automated phone call
  • online calendar 

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