Sort It Households

Western Newfoundland Has a New Way of Managing Waste

Western Regional Waste Management (WRWM) is pleased to deliver a new, modern waste management service. Residents can now separate their recyclables from their garbage using blue and clear garbage bags. WRWM’s Sort It Western recycling and garbage program will have the greatest positive impact on keeping waste out of landfills and protecting this place we love so much. This is a mandatory program for all residents. Please do your part by learning how to properly sort your waste.

Residents in Western Newfoundland can now sort their waste.

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

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

* For questions or collection service details, contact your community office or curbside collection provider.


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


  • Drink and coffee trays
  • Egg cartons
  • Food boxes (e.g., granola bars, cereal)
  • Shoe boxes


  • Corrugated boxes
  • Packaging materials
  • Pizza boxes (Free from food and grease)

Metal Containers

  • Aluminum cans (e.g. pop and beer cans)
  • Disposable aluminum foil containers (e.g., pie plates, food trays, baking pans)
  • Steel and tin cans and lids (e.g., soup, tuna, juice, coffee, fruit cups)

Mixed paper

  • Books (with hard covers removed)
  • Computer paper
  • Construction paper
  • Envelopes
  • Glossy paper
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Exercise books/scribblers (wire rings removed)
  • Magazines
  • Catalogues
  • Newspapers and flyers (plastic delivery bags removed)
  • Paper bags
  • Brown paper (e.g., Kraft paper) (clean and free of plastic)
  • Phone books
  • Sticky Notes

Paper Containers

  • Milk cartons and Tetra boxes (including milk alternative boxes such as soy and almond milk)
  • Tetra boxes (e.g., juice boxes, sauces, soup, broth)
  • Gable top cartons (e.g., juice, cream, and molasses)

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, dish soap)
  • Plastic toiletry bottles (e.g., hand sanitizer, shampoo/conditioner, body wash, over the counter medication)
  • Plastic trays and clamshells (e.g., baked goods, fruit, and sandwich containers)
  • Plastic tubs and lids (e.g., butter, sour cream, yogurt and ice cream tubs)


These items must be placed in clear bags. As part of the clear bag garbage program, two small, non-transparent bags (privacy bags) are allowed in each clear bag for the disposal of sensitive materials.


  • Plastic bags – empty, except privacy bags (2 permitted)
  • Black take-out food containers
  • Bottle caps, straws
  • Bubble envelopes, candy wrappers and granola bar wrappers
  • CDs, DVDs and plastic cases
  • Chip bags and snack bags
  • Cutlery/cooking utensils
  • Coffee pods (e.g., K-cups)


  • Coffee cups and take-out drink containers
  • Gift bags and wrapping paper, pet food bags
  • Napkins, paper towel, tissues, wax paper


  • Glass (e.g., glass containers (jam, pasta sauce, salsa), drinking glasses)
  • Sharp objects (e.g., knives, broken glass – placed inside protective container)
  • Textiles (e.g., clothing, bedding, blankets)
  • Ceramics (e.g., dishes, flower pots)
  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Food waste
  • Full or unopened containers (plastic, metal)
  • Kitty litter/pet waste (dog feces in plastic bags may be placed in privacy bag (2 permitted)
  • Laundry baskets, hampers, pots and pans
  • Electrical Cords
  • Styrofoam
  • Toys (e.g., plastic, wood, metal)