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Residents asked to remove refuse from storage bins before curbside collection

02-Dec-2010

The City of Saint John Garbage and Compost Collection Service would like to remind citizens to remove refuse from storage bins before their scheduled collection. While residential customers are encouraged to use receptacles to store refuse between pickup days, garbage will not be collected from roadside storage bins. Bagged garbage must be removed from storage bins for curbside pick-up.

“The problem is that not all storage bins are created equal,” says Kevin Carson, Urban Services Manager in charge of the City’s Solid Waste Collection Service. “Some are old and deteriorated, with holes that allow small rodents to access the refuse. Others are dangerous with nails and splinters jutting out, or they are difficult to access because they are deep with high walls or have locked covers.”  

Regardless of the shape or condition of storage bins, Carson adds that the extra time it takes to retrieve garbage from bins can add up on the collection route.  “Removing garbage from storage bins ensures an efficient, timely collection service for residents, as well as the safety of our employees.”

Garbage cans (plastic wheeled bins) may be used to place garbage at the curb.

In order for collection service to be performed safely and efficiently, the City asks that all garbage be placed curbside after 10 p.m. the evening prior to collection. Daytime collection begins at 7:30 a.m.

To arrange for a bulky item pickup (e.g. mattresses, couches) call 658-4455.

The City also reminds residential customers that this year’s Christmas holiday will not interfere with regular collection schedules.  The City will also offer its annual tree drop-off service from Sunday, Jan 2 – Sunday, Jan 16, 2011.  Drop-off locations are listed on the city’s website at www.saintjohn.ca, or call 658-4455 for more information.