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City’s enhanced Waste Wise program launching in October

Following detailed planning, a successful pilot project and community consultations over the past two years, a more waste wise Saint John is coming in October. The enhanced collection service will be rolled out to all current City of Saint John solid waste customers and includes updates that are designed to modernize and improve waste collection services throughout the City. 

The updated Waste Wise program is similar to those implemented in other communities and is designed to benefit residents by providing a convenient way to increase recycling, extend the life of the regional landfill and help protect the environment. It also enables the safer, more efficient collection of garbage with new helping-hand technology on the garbage trucks.

Important Dates:

September 12 – October 15:

  • The City will deliver two recycling totes (green and blue) to all households.
  • A city-issued garbage cart will be delivered to most households. Residents who live in the South-Central Peninsula, Old North End and Waterloo Village areas of the City will continue to receive bag collection using the new guidelines.

October 23:

  • The new pickup requirements come into effect and updated curbside recycling, garbage and compost services and schedules begin.

Program Highlights:

  • Garbage bag limits:
    • One full city-issued garbage cart (approximately two large garbage bags)
    • For households that will not receive a garbage cart and will continue to receive bag collection (South-Central Peninsula, Old North End and Waterloo Village):
      • A limit of one bag per weekly pickup
  • Garbage Bag Tags for excess garbage:
    • Bag tags are required when allowable garbage bag limits are reached, and additional bags need to be used.
    • Bag tags can be purchased for $2 per tag at the City Hall Customer Service Centre and other locations.
  • Curbside compost is an existing service that will continue under the new program. 
  • The bulky items pick-up service will continue to be offered to all customers, by appointment, by contacting Customer Service at 658-4455.   

The City recognizes that updates to waste collection services will require time for residents to become familiar with the new guidelines, and there will be questions. Communication about the program will continue throughout the coming weeks and months to ensure residents are provided with information and that all questions are answered.

To learn more about the service enhancements, click HERE.

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