Transportation & Environment Services

Waste Wise Saint John

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Curbside Collection | Bags and Bundles | Collection Routes and Schedules | Clean Up | Bulky Items |
Composting | Recycling | Household Hazardous Waste | Construction and Demolition Waste | Illegal Dumping | 
Green Machine | Christmas Tree Disposal | Solid Waste Bylaw

The City of Saint John Solid Waste Bylaw has recently undergone some changes.  In accordance with these changes, the City's Solid Waste Service is launching a new initiative called Waste Wise.  Waste Wise is a concept that has been adopted in cities throughout North America.  It calls for “waste producers” to become more responsible for their waste.  Waste Wise Saint John is an initiative that aims to reduce residential waste through education and enforcement.  By using the tools and resources we have in place to reduce waste, developing waste-wise practices, and reducing violations through by-law enforcement, Saint John will be a Waste Wise city.

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Curbside Collection

Daytime collection begins at 7:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. Garbage is not to be placed curbside before 10 p.m. the evening prior to collection.  Collection Schedules
Nightly collection must be at curbside by 9 p.m. Garbage is not to be placed curbside before 6 p.m. 


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How to Stash Your Trash : Approved containers, bags and bundles

  • Small bags will not be accepted.  (Grocery bags or small kitchen bin bags and are not to be placed curbside.)
  • Loose garbage will not be accepted. Items must be bagged or bundled.
  • Bags must be non-transparent and cannot weigh more than 20 kilograms with contents. (That is equal to a little more than 4 ten-pound bags of potatoes.)
  • Metal or plastic containers with a cover can also be used to store garbage. They also cannot weigh more than 20 kilograms with bagged contents.
  • Please indicate dangerous items like broken glass.There are specific packaging requirements for glass for the operators safety.
  • Packages or bundles must be baled or tied.   They cannot exceed 1 metre in length 0.5 metres in width or depth.  They also cannot weigh more than 20 kilograms. 
  • Use an approved compostable bag for compost weighing no more than 20 kilograms. Curbside green plastic organics cart must not weigh more than 100 pounds with contents.


Your Trash - Your Turf

At times, wild weather or animals may cause garbage to become loose and refuse can blow onto yards, sidewalks or streets.  Secure your containers during inclement weather. To prevent animal interference, you may wish to cover your garbage with an old blanket. Remember that you are responsible for your garbage and any loose refuse resulting from weather, animals or otherwise.

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Bulky Items

Residential collection customers can receive special pick up to dispose of household items or 'bulky items' twice a year.  You must preregister each item for this service by calling 658-4455 between 8:30 a.m and 4:30 p.m. Staff from Municipal Operations will call you back with an assigned pick up date.  Be sure your items are curbside on that date by 7:30 a.m.

Bulky Items means large items of a household nature including but not limited to furniture, mattresses, bed springs, boxes, barrels, pieces of fencing, barbecues, carpets and the like that would normally accumulate at a residential dwelling unit.  Please note: Bulky items do not include household hazardous waste or white goods.
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Composting Makes Cents

Did you know that the landfill fee for compost is $28 per metric tonne?  Compare that to the $108 per tonne of garbage.  When you consider that 40% of household waste is compostable, there’s also a dollars-and-cents logic to putting your apple core in the compost rather than in the garbage.

Composting reduces landfill waste, thereby extending the life of the landfill.   Animals and birds will not bother your garbage if there is no food product in it and this results in the cleanliness of properties and streetscapes.  
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You can reduce household waste by nearly 50 per cent when you recycle!  Blue Bin depots are located throughout the city to recycle your corrugated cardboard; paper & boxboard; and plastic, metal & milk containers.

For more recycling information including a blue bin map, visit

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Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste such as batteries, bleach and paint can only be accepted by the Fundy Region HHW Depot at the Crane Mountain Landfill— free of charge. All containers must be 20 litres or less.  Please bag and identify broken glass.  See a full list of hazardous waste accepted by the Landfill at, or call 738-1212.


Household Construction and Demolition Waste

NEW!  Construction and demolition materials are no longer accepted at curbside collection for solid waste customers. Crane Mountain Landfill accepts demolition and construction material for $28.00 a ton or minimum $5.00 for up to 180 kg.  Please visit for more information, or call 738-1212.


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Illegal Dumping

Illegal dumping is a significant problem for Saint John.  Approximately 370 illegal dump sites are reported to the City annually – that’s an average of one illegal dump per day.  Illegal dumps are not just an eyesore – they are an offense.   Fines can range from $500 to $20,500 for individuals, and from $1,000 to $1 million for companies.  It costs taxpayers upwards of $70,000 per year to clean up illegal dumps.  Report an illegal dump site, or call 658-4455.

The Green Machine

The Green Machine is 14’ trailer that provides groups with a free mobile toolkit containing the equipment required to support clean-up initiatives in our community.  These events allow citizens to take ownership of parks and public spaces which increases their appreciation for the natural green spaces and fosters a sense of community pride. Book the Green Machine.

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Christmas Tree Drop Off

Every year, the City of Saint John offers a free Christmas Tree Drop Off Program where residents can dispose of their Christmas trees at convenient drop off locations during the first two weeks of the New Year.  Find out your nearest drop off site, or information on how to properly compost your tree if you are unable to drop it off.  More information