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Automated Garbage Collection

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 at 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 collection only.

Important Note: Recycling collection remains unchanged and must be placed at the curb at least 1 metre (3 feet) away from the garbage cart.

Cart Delivery

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 in June 2018. All households in Phase 1 will be required to use the cart starting June 2018.

Are you in Phase 1?

To find out if you are in Phase 1 of the Automated Garbage Collection Program simply enter your address in your schedule look-up by clicking here. Don't forget to sign-up for "Reminders" or to download our APP.


For a map of addresses included in Phase 1 of Automated garbage Collection click here. Addresses which are highlighted on the map are included in Phase 1. 


Collection Schedules
Download the APP 'St. John’s Waste and Recycling'
Sign up for ‘Reminders’

With the ‘St. John’s Waste and Recycling’ app and ‘Reminders’ 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.

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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