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Garbage and composting pick up

Waste Wise Program

Improved curbside garbage, recycling and compost collection services will begin on October 23, 2022 with the enhanced Waste Wise Program

Collection schedules are subject to change as of October 23. Check back for updates.

An information sheet describing the program will be delivered with the new carts and totes and can also be found HERE.

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 across the city. Find a full list of vendors HERE or seen below.
    • Bag tags will be available for purchase at all locations including City Hall as of Friday, October 7, 2022.
Vendor location address
City Hall Customer Service Centre 15 Market Square, Saint John, NB
Kanes Corner 40 Loch Lomond Rd, Saint John, NB
Best Stop Ultramar 111 Bayside Dr, Saint John, NB
Forest Hills Variety 557 Westmorland Rd, Saint John, NB
Airport General Store 4105 Loch Lomond Rd, Saint John, NB
Chuck Convenience 157 Metcalf St, Saint John, NB
Friendly's Convenience  241 Millidge Ave, Saint John, NB
Saint John Regional Hospital Gift Shop 400 University Ave, Saint John, NB
Jean Coutu 35 University Ave, Saint John, NB
Prince Edward Square Lotto  100 Prince Edward St, Saint John, NB
South End Convenience 131 St. James St, Saint John, NB
Your Dollar Store With More 30 Germain St, Saint John, NB
Jim Bob's Variety  1059 Manawagonish Rd, Saint John, NB
Ludlow Convenience  213 Ludlow St, Saint John, NB

*Residents may request bag tags to be mailed to them by contacting the Customer Service Centre at 658-4455. A minimum order of one full sheet (13 tags) and payment by credit card is required.

  • Curbside compost will continue to be offered 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.   

Urban bag tags

Residents who live in the South-Central Peninsula, Old North End and Waterloo Village areas of the city will be required to place an urban bag tag on their garbage bags prior to pickup.

Urban bag tags will be mailed to residents living in those areas on a quarterly basis.

A list of frequently asked questions can be found here.


We can all make improvements in the amount of waste we generate in our lives, and become more responsible for our waste. Waste Wise Saint John is an initiative that aims to help residents reduce waste through education, resources, and enforcement. 


Composting reduces landfill waste, thereby extending the life of the landfill. Plus, animals and birds will not be attracted to your garbage if there is no food product in it, which makes for cleaner properties and streetscapes. But did you know that it even makes economic sense to compost? The FRSC fee for compost is $40 per metric tonne, compared to the $108 per tonne of garbage. We save money and help save the planet when we compost.

For composting tips, please visit the Fundy Regional Service Commission website here.


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, and milk containers.

Household electronics can be recycled at the Crane Mountain Landfill Hazardous Waste Depot and at other depot locations throughout the city. This is a free program.

For more recycling information including a blue bin map, visit

Preventing a mess

You can help prevent garbage from making a mess of yards, sidewalks or streets. Secure your containers during inclement weather, and cover your garbage with an old blanket or tarp to prevent animal and bird interference—crews will leave your covering behind when they clear your street. Remember, you are responsible for your garbage and any loose refuse resulting from weather, animals, or otherwise.