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Garbage and composting pick up

Curbside Pickup

UPDATE: Solid waste collection services, including compost and recycling, have fully resumed for residents across Saint John.

With solid waste collection services now being delivered at full capacity, the City advises residents that regular garbage collection requirements are now back in effect.

As part of the regular collection requirements, garbage bag limits are in place. This means that any garbage bags in excess of what fits in garbage carts, or that don’t have Urban Bag Tags affixed to them, need be placed curbside with an Excess Refuse (green) Garbage Bag Tag attached.

The requirement for bag tags was temporarily suspended while the City experienced delays in garbage collection.


Improved curbside garbage, recycling and compost collection services are now underway with the enhanced Waste Wise Program. CLICK HERE to learn more.

For eligible residential properties, the City of Saint John collects your household garbage and organics on one week and two week schedules, Monday through Friday. To keep your neighbourhood clean, please do not place your waste curbside before the following timeframes.

For daytime collection, place your waste curbside between 10 p.m. the evening before collection, and 7:30 a.m. the day of collection. For nighttime collection, place your waste curbside between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Please note: As of October 23, 2022, recycling, compost and garbage waste for nighttime collection must be placed curbside before 10:00 p.m.

Collection schedules are subject to change as of October 23. Use the ReCollect tool below to find your collection schedule.

Solid waste customers are reminded that electronics are not collected with regular garbage and compost collection service. These items may be recycled free of charge at select depots across the city. For more information, please visit

How to stash your trash

  • Small bags—such as grocery bags or small kitchen bags—are not accepted. Please place smaller bags in either an approved container, or a larger garbage bag.
  • Loose garbage will not be accepted. Items must be bagged or bundled.
  • Bags must be non-transparent and cannot weigh more than 20 kg (about 40 pounds).
  • Metal or plastic containers with a cover may be used to store garbage. Containers with bagged contents may not weigh more than 20 kg (about 40 pounds) total.
  • Please label dangerous items like broken glass. There are specific packaging requirements for glass for the operators safety.
  • Packages or bundles must be baled or tied, and cannot exceed 1 metre (3 feet) in length, and .5 metres in width or depth. They also cannot weigh more than 20 kg (40 pounds) each. 
  • Use an approved compostable bag for compost weighing no more than 20 kg (40 pounds). Curbside green plastic organics cart must not weigh more than 100 pounds with contents.
  • Park your compost or garbage bin correctly. The best location for your cart is at the edge of your driveway. The wheels must be facing the house and the lid must be closed but not secured.  Ensure that the cart is at least an arm’s length away from other objects such as bags of garbage or a car.

City of Saint John garbage and compost collection eligibility is based on the Provincial Property Assessment Data and the City of Saint John’s Solid Waste By-Law.  Commercial properties and multi-unit (five or more units) residences within a garbage collection route are not serviced. If you have any questions regarding service in your area, please call 658-4455.