Waste Management


Recyclables are materials that can be remanufactured and should be sorted into transparent plastic blue bags. You should sort them as follows:

  • Blue bag #1 – paper and paper products
  • Blue bag #2 – glass, plastic (type 1-5), milk and juice cartons, metal items
  • Corrugated cardboard boxes – flattened, bundled, and placed next to your blue bags
  • Yard waste can be composted and used for various projects. For more information, visit rethinkwastenl.ca.
  • For other household items such as metals, electronics, and household hazardous materials such as paint must be brought directly to the Residential drop-off depot at Robin Hood Bay.

NOTE: All recyclable items must be clean and dry. Before recycling bills or other papers or documents containing personal information, such as your name, address, phone number, bank account number, etc., it is a good idea to shred them.

Refundable Beverage Containers

When you buy a beverage, except dairy products, you pay a deposit for the glass or plastic bottle, or the aluminum can. You can get a cash refund for these containers when you return them to a depot location nearest you.


Compost is a mixture of plants, vegetable waste, food leftovers and other decomposable materials, which is later added to soil to help plants grow. Following organic waste goes into the compost cart:

  • Food scraps
  • Used tea bags and coffee, paper filters
  • Eggshells
  • Used paper napkins/towels

NOTE: Compost materials should not be placed into plastic bags. You can buy compost bins from municipal authorities directly.   


Waste includes all items which cannot go into recyclables or green compost carts. Here are some common items that belong to waste:

  • Broken glass and broken dishes
  • Used food item containers
  • Styrofoam containers
  • Non-recyclable plastics
  • Clothes and footwear
  • Floor sweepings and vacuum cleaner bags

NOTE: Do not throw out clothing and footwear items which are still in good condition. You can donate them to charity.

There are certain items and materials which require special disposals such as ashes, batteries and hazardous waste.

Clothesline Program

If you have clothes which you do not need or want any more, and they are still in good condition, you can donate them to charity. Canadian Diabetes Association raises money by collecting used clothes through the program called Clothesline®. Find a Clothesline® drop box near you.

  • The Salvation Army operates a thrift store with locations across the province.
  • Value Village is another second hand retailer located in St. John’s on Kenmount Road.

Related Resources

Waste Management

Beverage Container Management

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