Sort It Central - Recycling and Garbage Program

Central Newfoundland has a new way of managing waste!

Central Newfoundland Waste Management (CNWM) is launching a recycling and garbage program for all residents and businesses in Central Newfoundland. We understand the value of protecting the environment – we depend on clean air to breathe and healthy forests and oceans to provide us with a safe place to live, work and play.

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The first of its kind in Newfoundland and Labrador, this mandatory program will have the greatest positive impact on keeping waste out of the central regional landfill and protecting this place we love so much.


Residents in Central Newfoundland can now sort their waste. It’s as easy as 1,2,3!

  1. Place recyclables in a transparent blue bag.
  2. Place household garbage in a clear bag.
  3. Place both bags at the curb or roadside weekly on your collection day.


Businesses across Central Newfoundland have an important role to play in keeping waste out of the landfill and protecting our environment. CNWM is committed to working with industry, businesses and institutions to help implement sorting programs that divert the maximum amount of material from landfill.


These recyclable items must be placed in a TRANSPARENT BLUE BAG.
Please empty, rinse or wipe materials.


  • drink and coffee trays
  • egg cartons
  • food boxes (e.g. cereal, pasta, granola bars, frozen food)
  • gift boxes
  • paper towel rolls
  • shoe boxes
  • toilet paper rolls


  • corrugated boxes
  • packaging materials
  • pizza boxes

Metal Containers:

  • aluminum cans (e.g. pop and beer cans)
  • disposable foil containers(e.g. pie plates, food trays,
  • baking pans)
  • steel and tin cans and lids (e.g. soup, tuna, juice, coffee cans, fruit cups, cookies, chocolates, tea)

Mixed Paper:

  • books (hard covers removed)
  • computer paper
  • construction paper
  • envelopes
  • exercise books
  • glossy paper
  • loose leaf
  • magazines and catalogues
  • newspapers and flyers
  • paper bags
  • phone books
  • sticky notes

Paper Containers:

  • milk cartons or Tetra boxes (including milk alternatives such as soy and almond milk)
  • gable top cartons (e.g. juices, cream, sugar, molasses)
  • Tetra boxes (e.g. juice, sauces, soup, broth)

Plastic Containers:

  • plastic beverage containers (e.g. pop and water bottles, juice jugs, juice pouches, yogurt drink bottles)
  • plastic flower pots
  • plastic food containers and bottles (e.g. mayonnaise, ketchup,
  • peanut butter, honey)
  • plastic household cleaner bottles (e.g. glass cleaner, multi-purpose solution, laundry detergent, windshield wash)
  • plastic toiletry bottles (e.g. dish soap, hand sanitizer, shampoo, body wash, over-the-counter medication)
  • plastic trays and clamshells (e.g. baked goods, fruit, sandwiches)
  • plastic tubs and lids (e.g. butter, sour cream, yogurt, ice cream tubs)
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These household items must be placed in a CLEAR BAG.


  • bags
  • bottle caps
  • bubble envelopes
  • candy and granola bar wrappers
  • CD and DVDs and cases
  • chip and snack bags
  • cutlery
  • individual condiment packages
  • plastic wrap and baggies
  • straws


  • coffee cups and take-out drink containers
  • gift bags and wrapping paper
  • paper napkins
  • paper towels
  • tissues
  • wax paper


  • blankets and bed sheets
  • ceramic dishes
  • clothing
  • diapers
  • empty aerosol cans
  • empty paint cans
  • food waste
  • full or unopened food containers
  • glass jars (e.g. jam, pizza sauce, salsa)
  • kitty litter
  • laundry baskets and hampers
  • pet food bags
  • pots and pans
  • sharp objects (e.g. needles, knives, broken glass) in a puncture -proof container
  • Styrofoam
  • toys (plastic, wood, metal)

Two small privacy bags (non-transparent) may be placed inside each clear bag with your household garbage.