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Automated Garbage Collection

What is automated garbage collection?
Automated garbage collection consists of specially designed wheeled carts, and collection vehicles equipped with articulated arms. Residents place these carts in designated spots on the curb and a single operator picks up and dumps the carts using an articulated arm controlled from the truck cab. The carts are used for garbage only. Recycling collection remains unchanged.

Carts are owned by the City and assigned to each property. They have large wheels that are easy to roll over curbs, gravel, snow, they are made from durable plastic and have a life span of 15-20 years and

What is automated garbage collection?
Automated garbage collection consists of specially designed wheeled carts, and collection vehicles equipped with articulated arms. Residents place these carts in designated spots on the curb and a single operator picks up and dumps the carts using an articulated arm controlled from the truck cab. The carts are used for garbage only. Recycling collection remains unchanged.

Carts are owned by the City and assigned to each property. They have large wheels that are easy to roll over curbs, gravel, snow, they are made from durable plastic and have a life span of 15-20 years and come with a 10-year warranty. Residents are responsible for keeping their cart clean and secure and are required to use a City-issued cart.

The size of the cart was decided upon following the engagement process.

Implementation of automated garbage collection is expected to start in 2018 and be phased in over time.

  • Automated Garbage Phase 1

    about 1 month ago

    The first phase of the new automated garbage collection program is starting Monday, June 11 for approximately one third of City households. Carts and important information about storage, use, and maintenance will be delivered to homes in phase one during May.

    Residents can find out if they are included in phase one of the program on the Curb It St. John’s website or by looking up their address on a map of the collection areas.

    One cart will be provided to every household in phase one (including apartments) free of charge. The cart measures 26.7" W x 28.1"D x 40.5"H ( 67.8 cm x 71.4 cm x 102.8 cm).

    In 2017 the City held extensive public engagement regarding automated garbage, including consultation with seniors and representatives of the City’s Accessibility and Inclusion Advisory Committee. Individuals with mobility limitations can apply for an exemption to the program.

    More details and further updates will be available on the city's website

    The first phase of the new automated garbage collection program is starting Monday, June 11 for approximately one third of City households. Carts and important information about storage, use, and maintenance will be delivered to homes in phase one during May.

    Residents can find out if they are included in phase one of the program on the Curb It St. John’s website or by looking up their address on a map of the collection areas.

    One cart will be provided to every household in phase one (including apartments) free of charge. The cart measures 26.7" W x 28.1"D x 40.5"H ( 67.8 cm x 71.4 cm x 102.8 cm).

    In 2017 the City held extensive public engagement regarding automated garbage, including consultation with seniors and representatives of the City’s Accessibility and Inclusion Advisory Committee. Individuals with mobility limitations can apply for an exemption to the program.

    More details and further updates will be available on the city's website
  • Garbage Cart Mobility Exemption

    about 1 month ago
    An exemption from using a garbage cart for curbside collection form is now available on city's website

    The form is required to be completed by those requesting this exemption. Applicants must also provide medical verification from a healthcare provider or relevant professional to support they would have difficulty maneuvering a cart to a regular collection point.

    An exemption from using a garbage cart for curbside collection form is now available on city's website

    The form is required to be completed by those requesting this exemption. Applicants must also provide medical verification from a healthcare provider or relevant professional to support they would have difficulty maneuvering a cart to a regular collection point.
  • Automated Garbage "What We Heard" document released

    6 months ago

    The City of St. John’s conducted extensive public engagement from April to June 2017 on the implementation of automated garbage collection, seeking feedback on bin size, funding models, implementation concerns and recycling habits. A synopsis of What we Heard is now available.

    “Council is very pleased with the level of engagement on this topic and is grateful for the public’s participation in the process,” said Mayor Danny Breen, former Chair of the Public Works Standing Committee. “The majority of residents seem to favour the medium bin size, which we will take into account as we make our decisions about bin...

    The City of St. John’s conducted extensive public engagement from April to June 2017 on the implementation of automated garbage collection, seeking feedback on bin size, funding models, implementation concerns and recycling habits. A synopsis of What we Heard is now available.

    “Council is very pleased with the level of engagement on this topic and is grateful for the public’s participation in the process,” said Mayor Danny Breen, former Chair of the Public Works Standing Committee. “The majority of residents seem to favour the medium bin size, which we will take into account as we make our decisions about bin size moving forward.”

    City staff conducted three focus groups with a cross section of residents prior to the launch of the public engagement process and then held 14 pop-up engagement sessions throughout the city with sample bins; participated in the home show; held meetings with a variety of committees and groups; held a technical briefing for media; and offered opportunities to provide input through this project page.

    Over 500 people cast a vote on bin size at the pop-up events and there were more than 4,700 visits to the online engagement page. Overall, 63 per cent of survey respondents and 58 per cent of attendees at the pop-up events preferred the medium-sized bin.

    “It was reassuring to hear that many residents are looking forward to the program and expect it will have a significant impact on reducing litter,” said Mayor Danny Breen.

    The automated garbage program was announced in the 2017 budget, with anticipated implementation of phase 1 in 2018.


  • Feedback on the public engagement process for automated garbage collection - CLOSED

    3 months ago

    As part of our ongoing efforts to continuously improve our engagement work, we are collecting feedback on all of our engagement. Our survey on the engagement process for automated garbage collection is now closed. Thanks to all who participated.

    As part of our ongoing efforts to continuously improve our engagement work, we are collecting feedback on all of our engagement. Our survey on the engagement process for automated garbage collection is now closed. Thanks to all who participated.

  • Council has voted to approve supply of the medium-sized bin (240 liters)

    5 months ago

    City Council has voted to approve supply of the medium-sized bin (240 liters) for automated garbage collection.  

    The City held extensive public engagement on the implementation of automated garbage collection, including the preferred bin size. Overall, 63 per cent of survey respondents and 58 per cent of attendees at the engagement pop-up events preferred the medium-sized bin. 

    The bin can hold the equivalent of four regular sized bags of garbage and supports on-going waste diversion efforts. Bins will be supplied to participating households at no additional charge. Replacement bins will be charged at full-cost recovery. 

    Full details on which collection areas will be included in the first phase of the automated garbage program will be shared prior to implementation in 2018. Bins will be supplied to those areas only during the first phase.


    City Council has voted to approve supply of the medium-sized bin (240 liters) for automated garbage collection.  

    The City held extensive public engagement on the implementation of automated garbage collection, including the preferred bin size. Overall, 63 per cent of survey respondents and 58 per cent of attendees at the engagement pop-up events preferred the medium-sized bin. 

    The bin can hold the equivalent of four regular sized bags of garbage and supports on-going waste diversion efforts. Bins will be supplied to participating households at no additional charge. Replacement bins will be charged at full-cost recovery. 

    Full details on which collection areas will be included in the first phase of the automated garbage program will be shared prior to implementation in 2018. Bins will be supplied to those areas only during the first phase.


  • Lets Talk Garbage: Residents needed for Focus Groups

    2 months ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    **DEADLINE HAS PASSED FOR SUBMISSION**

    April 18, 2017

    LET’S TALK GARBAGE: Residents NEEDED FOR FOCUS GROUPS

    Thanks to everyone who responded, this phase of public consultation is now closed.


    The City of St. John’s is looking for residents who are interested in coming in to talk to us about garbage – and more specifically, automated garbage collection.

    Focus groups will provide advice on several items including;

    • Concerns related to the implementation of automated garbage collection

    • Preferred size of garbage bin

    • Suggestions on how to best reach out to the broader community

    Two to three sessions will take place the week...

    **DEADLINE HAS PASSED FOR SUBMISSION**

    April 18, 2017

    LET’S TALK GARBAGE: Residents NEEDED FOR FOCUS GROUPS

    Thanks to everyone who responded, this phase of public consultation is now closed.


    The City of St. John’s is looking for residents who are interested in coming in to talk to us about garbage – and more specifically, automated garbage collection.

    Focus groups will provide advice on several items including;

    • Concerns related to the implementation of automated garbage collection

    • Preferred size of garbage bin

    • Suggestions on how to best reach out to the broader community

    Two to three sessions will take place the week of May 1 to 5, to be scheduled at times convenient for participants.

    If you are interested in participating please e-mail engage@stjohns.ca with your name, street address, number of people in your household, age, and primary concern related to automated garbage collection. Please indicate whether you are a landlord. Deadline to apply is Friday, April 28.

    The City thanks all those interested. However, a total of 24 participants will be selected based on factors noted above. The general public will have a variety of opportunities to engage with the City on this topic in the coming weeks at engagestjohns.ca.

    For more information please contact Access St. John’s, available to residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling 311 or 709-754-CITY (2489) or online at www.stjohns.ca/access-311.