Sort It Households

Sort It Households

Residents in Central Newfoundland can now sort their recyclables from their garbage for convenient curbside pick-up.

CNWM’s Sort It Central recycling and garbage program will have the greatest positive impact on keeping waste out of the regional landfill and will help protect this place we love so much. We’re proud to have taken a leadership role as the first region in the province to implement a mandatory recycling and garbage program. Please do your part by learning how to properly sort the waste you create.

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 on your weekly collection day.


The recyclable items listed below must be placed in a BLUE TRANSPARENT BAG. Please empty, rinse or wipe all 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

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


These household items MUST be placed in a CLEAR BAG. They are not recyclable.


  • 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


  • glass jars (e.g. jam, pizza sauce, salsa)
  • sharp objects (e.g. needles, knives, broken glass) in a puncture-proof container
  • blankets and bed sheets
  • ceramic dishes
  • clothing
  • diapers
  • empty aerosol cans (Not empty? It’s hazardous. See Public Drop-Off)
  • empty paint cans (Not empty? See Public Drop-Off for recycling options.)
  • food waste (See Composting options)
  • full or unopened food containers
  • kitty litter
  • laundry baskets and hampers
  • pet food bags
  • pots and pans
  • Styrofoam
  • toys (plastic, wood, metal)

For privacy, two small non-transparent bags (such as grocery bags) may be placed inside each clear bag with your household garbage.

Questions about Sort It Central? Check out our FAQs.

Does it belong in the blue bag?

See what’s accepted in this short video.

Download the full Sort-It Guide

Download the Quick Reference Card

Materials you must drop off

Certain types of waste cannot be picked up at the curb—but you can dispose of them, often for free, at the Central Regional Waste Management Site or any of the transfer sites. These include household hazardous waste, as well as construction/demolition, bulk, paint and electronic waste. See Public Drop-Off to learn more.

Find your nearest CNWM location