Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 11:30 AM

Curbit 10th Anniversary during Waste Reduction Week

blue bags at the curb next to a blue container for curbside recycling

Curbside recycling began October 18, 2010 in St. John’s and has become a success for all of us. While other municipalities across Canada have had struggles with their programs in the past year, St. John’s Curbit program did not have any interruptions or changes to make when China closed its doors to many recycling companies. We still ship material to China as they are very pleased with our paper product. All plastics, aluminum, steel, cardboard and some paper are shipped to Canadian markets.

Our success in the curbside recycling program is because of:

  • the two-bag sorting program;
  • the omission of glass and plastic bags;
  • collectors educating residents about what can be included;
  • residents sorting their recycling properly and keeping unwanted material out of their bags;
  • the use of transparent blue bags; and
  • the City’s communications about recycling to residents.

Today, some plastics have become more challenging to market due to low oil prices, COVID-19 and higher volumes in the marketplace for buyers to choose from. However, the City still markets plastics.

The City of St John’s is committed to sustainability. The City’s Strategic Plan for 2019-2029 has as one of its four strategic directions to be A Sustainable City, one that is sustainable today and for future generations. This is about ensuring we can provide for ourselves, each other and our families. To do this, we must protect our environment and come together to build a healthy, vibrant, and strong community. We are all in this together.

One of the many things residents of St. John’s have done to contribute to building our sustainable community is recycle. Over the past ten years we have recycled 59 thousand tonnes of material. It does make a difference!

If you have not joined in with the curbside recycling program, we would love for you to be a part of our success. For more information and to learn all of what can be recycled right at your curb, visit or call Access St. John’s at 311 or 754-CITY (2489).

Once again, we want to thank our residents who do a great job ensuring their recycling material is clean. We would also like to thank our collectors, our contractor and staff who sort and bale the material for our markets; and to the other communities who also take part in our program at the Robin Hood Bay Regional Waste Management Facility. Congratulations again on your continued cooperation in ensuring Curbit is a huge success!