Waste Collection & Recycling

Curbside garbage and recycling collection services are operated by the Eastern Regional Service Board (ERSB).

For inquiries about waste collection and recycling or to report a missed collection, please contact

Eastern Regional Service Board
Tel: 709-579-7960
Fax: 709-579-5392
Email: [email protected]

Useful Links

Reminder: January 1, 2024 ERSB clear bag policy will be implemented
For more info: https://easternregionalserviceboard.com/residents/garbage/

Clear bags Handout:  Clear-bags-handout

Residents are reminded to check the location of their garage boxes as they shall not be located in the street reservation. On a local street, the garbage box should be set back 7.5m (25 feet) from the centre of the street and 10 m (33 feet) on a collector street. The Town does not accept responsibility for damage to any structures located within the street reservation.


The 2024 Waste Collection Schedule :

PDF of schedule can be found here  (As of January 1, 2024, the bag limit is 6): CARBONEAR-AND-AREA-2024-Revised-5-Apr-2024

The Carbonear Green Depot at 35 Adelaide Street is accepting household paint and paint aerosols, electronics such as computers, phones and home audio/theatre systems, etc. at no charge.
Hours of operation are: Tuesday to Friday 8:30 to 4:30 and Saturday 8:30 to 5:00.
For more information contact 709-596- 7466

Collection Guidelines from Eastern Regional Service Board:   https://easternregionalserviceboard.com/residents/garbage/

Collection Guidelines:

  • Upcoming January 1, 2024 ERSB clear bag policy will be implemented

  • Bags must be placed at the curb by 7 a.m., not farther than 4.5 meters (15 feet) from the edge of the pavement
  • Garbage and recycling bags must be regular size (66 cm x 82.5 cm)
  • Each bag must not weigh more than 20 kg/45 lbs
  • Regular garbage must be placed in clear see-through garbage bags
  • Every household will have the option to use one privacy bag each week
  • A transparent blue bag must only be used for recyclable materials
  • Bundled materials must be less than 1.5 metres (4 feet) in length
  • Sharp objects (i.e. broken glass, needles, knives) must be in a puncture-proof container and clearly marked “broken glass” or “sharps”
  • Do not leave any items not intended for waste collection near the garbage box or collection area or they may be collected as weekly or bulk waste
  • Check your collection calendar for local bag limits
  • Waste must be accessible and boxes free of snow / debris
  • Garbage boxes containing maggots, wasp nests or other vermin material will not be collected for the safety of ERSB contractors
  • All bags must be tied closed

Bulk Waste Collection –


Residents must have items to the roadside by 7 a.m. to guarantee collection. The contractor will be making ONE pass only through each street. Residents are encouraged to clean up debris around their properties that has accumulated throughout the winter and spring and other bulk items they may have for removal. Items for pick up can be placed near the street. Glass shall be boxed and “GLASS” written on items.

Items ACCEPTED for bulk item pick-up:

  • Sofas, tables, chairs and furniture
  • Children’s toys
  • Desks & bookshelves
  • Fridges, stoves, washers, dryers and additional household appliances
  • Box springs & mattresses
  • Dressers & bathroom fixtures
  • Carpet & flooring tied in rolls less than 1.5 m (4 ft), less than 22 kg (50 lbs)
  • Doors, window boxes- glass must be removed
  • Tree limbs tied in bundles less than 1.5 m (4 ft), less than 22 kg (50 lbs)
  • Glass, securely placed in puncture proof packaging and marked as BROKEN GLASS
  • Iron and removable car parts less than 22 kg (50 lbs): all fluids such as oil, lubricants and antifreezes must be removed by resident prior to collection
  • Other bulk items normally associated with a household

Items NOT ACCEPTED for bulk item pick-up:

  • Electronics (TV’s, computers, cell phones)
  • Shingles and construction materials
  • Vehicle parts greater than 22 kg or 50 lbs
  • Tires
  • Fish Nets
  • Car Wrecks, car chassis and frame
  • Animal carcasses and special wastes
  • Household Hazardous Waste such as motor oils, solvents, propane tanks, paints (oil and latex), paint stripper, pesticides, glues, etc.
  • Brick and concrete
  • Earthen materials including stumps and large trees
  • Recyclables
  • Excrement and liquid waste

Metals Collection

If you have metals for collection, please contact the Council Office at 596-3831 and provide your name, civic address and list of items to be collected.

Metal items are collected by Council Staff on the last Friday of the month up to and including November 27th.  Metal items will be collected again in the Spring.  Dates will be posted on the website and in Town newsletters.


The Town of Carbonear has partnered with MMSB in a backyard composting program. According to the MMSB, organic waste makes up as much as 30% of all waste generated in Newfoundland and Labrador. Composting is an efficient and effective way to reduce the amount of waste sent to our landfills. The Town of Carbonear is selling the compost bins at the Council Office to residents at a cost of $43 plus hst and non-residents at a cost of $48 plus hst.

For further information on purchasing a compost bin, please call the Town Office at 596-3831.

Leaf Composting

Leaves can be dropped off at the Leaf Composting Drop Off at 1 Pikes Lane during regular working hours. If leaves are transported in plastic bags, they must be removed from the plastic bags at the site. Removal of leaves are not required where paper leaf bags are used.

Leaf Composting Drop Off Officially Opened November 30, 2017

Grass Clippings:

Many residents remove grass clippings every time they mow.

Removing grass clippings is actually robbing the grass of certain nutrients that it needs to thrive.

When you leave grass clippings on your lawn, they decompose. This releases water & beneficial nutrients like nitrogen & potassium back into the soil which helps grass grow healthier & greener.

In fact, grass clippings can add back up to 25% of the nutrients that growth removes from soil!

Other Options: COMPOST

Another way to put grass clippings to good use is in your garden by composting them.

Compost can be a mix of green & brown organic materials, it is important to remember to balance out the addition of grass clippings with materials like dry leaves. Don’t forget to turn the grass into the pile to ensure aeration.

Grass clippings can also be dropped off at our Leaf Composting facility at 1 Pike’s Lane between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. If grass clippings are transported in plastic bags, they must be removed from the plastic bags at the site.

According to the MMSB, organic waste makes up as much as 30% of all waste generated in Newfoundland & Labrador. Composting is an efficient & effective way to reduce the amount of waste sent to our landfills.


The Town of Carbonear is proud to be a Green Community which practices recycling.

Curbside collection of recycling will be by Eastern Waste Management.
Please Note: All domestic garbage shall be placed no further than 10 feet from the curb or the side of the road on the day of collection.

For information regarding what items are allowed for curbside recycling collection, please view the link below: