Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Put Yard Waste in Paper Yard Waste Bags

paper yard waste bags at the curb with the Curb It St. John's logo and text St. John's eco friendly

The Victoria Day holiday long weekend is a time when many get outside and clean up around their yards and property. The City of St. John's reminds residents that since May 1, 2018 if you have yard waste to dispose of at the curb, it must be in paper yard waste bags. 

The yard waste paper bags are collected at the curb on the same day as your recycling day, every second week. We will collect paper yard waste bags at the curb each year from May to November, and accept them at the Robin Hood Bay Residential Drop Off all year round. Many home supply and hardware stores carry paper yard waste bags, and RONA have offered a Buy One, Get One coupon.

What goes in a paper yard waste bag?

  • Leaves
  • Grass clippings
  • Plants and trimmings
  • Branches less than 2.5 centimeters (1 inch) in diameter
  • Sod
  • Soil

Bags will not be collected if... 

  • They weigh more than 22.5 kilograms (50 pounds)
  • Yard waste is in plastic bags
  • Rocks are included
  • Large branches greater than 2.5 centimeters (1 inch) diameter

If you will have yard waste to dispose of at the curb, download the free app St. John’s Waste and Recycling or sign up for reminders at so you know what weeks to put out your yard waste bags. All of the paper bagged yard waste will be composted on-site at Robin Hood Bay.

There are many positive benefits to implementing mandatory paper bag use for yard waste, including:

  • Paper yard waste bags will be set outside of the new automated carts, saving space in the carts for your true garbage
  • Benefits the environment by keeping the material out of the landfill extending its life
  • Financial benefit by saving the tipping fees charged by the Robin Hood Bay Waste Management Facility

In fall 2017, we introduced a mandatory leaf collection program in which fallen leaves put at the curb for disposal had to be in paper yard waste bags. Leaves in plastic bags were not collected. The program was a success with over 400 tonnes of leaves collected in paper yard waste bags, resulting in a savings of approximately $25,000 in tipping fees that otherwise would have been charged to the City of St. John’s by the Robin Hood Bay Regional Waste Management Facility.