City’s enhanced Waste Wise program shows early signs of success
With three weeks of the enhanced Waste Wise program now complete, the City wants to extend a tremendous thank you to residents for their efforts to reduce household garbage and increase recycling and compost. Early results show that it’s working. We are already seeing a shift in how much garbage is being diverted from the landfill. The initial target for garbage reduction was 15 per cent and we are exceeding this – all because our communities are working to do their part.
Recognizing that this program has been a significant adjustment for all residents, the City thanks the public for doing their best to make these changes.
Some important Waste Wise reminders to keep the momentum going and ensure that all garbage, recycling and compost can be collected:
- Residents must place bagged garbage in their new city-issued carts or must have a bag tag attached when placing at the curb.
- Recycling must be placed in the supplied totes, or similar containers; the colour of the container does not matter as long as the contents are sorted correctly.
- Collection schedules may have changed with the new program. Find your schedule by visiting www.saintjohn.ca/pickup
Any garbage or recycling that does not meet the requirements of the new program will be tagged with a reminder sticker indicating why it was not collected. Reasons for this could include being over the garbage limit, not having the appropriate bag tag, or that recycling was not sorted correctly.
All Waste Wise program details can be found on the City’s website including an FAQ, bag tag vendor locations and sorting guides.