Garbage & Recycling
The Town of Torbay is committed to maintaining a clean, safe environment for residents and visitors alike. As part of this commitment, the Town has a contracted household garbage collection/disposal and curb-side recycling service. The Town provides a curbside garbage and recycling program (blue bags), which are collected on scheduled routes.
To find out when your garbage and recycling is collected, please view the 2023 Garbage & Recycling Schedule.
*Please note: the garbage and recycling schedule is subject to change during holidays, poor weather, etc. Always check our social channels and news item updates on torbay.ca during these times for the most up-to-date information.
Household garbage pick-up takes place every week, Tuesday to Friday. Recycling pick-up takes place every second week, Tuesday to Friday. For more information, see the schedule and Garbage Regulations.
- Waste should be placed at the curb on your scheduled waste collection day by 7:00 a.m.
- There is a limit of 5 bags per household unit for the regular garbage.
For everything, you need to know about garbage collection in the Town of Torbay check out Garbage 101.
If you require additional information concerning the Town of Torbay’s Waste Management Program, please contact the Town at 437-6532.
Residents are advised that due to scheduled holidays, there will be a change in garbage collection as follows:
Good Friday | April 2 – garbage and recycling is moved to Thursday, April 1 (double day)
Canada Day | July 1 – no change
Regatta Day | August 4 – no change
Remembrance Day | November 11 – rescheduled to Friday, November 12 (Due to Robin Hood Bay Waste Management Facility being closed for the November 11th statutory holiday).
The Town of Torbay collects your recycling bi-weekly. To get your recycling collection schedule click here.
Sort It Out:
- Sort recyclables into two types: paper products and containers.
- Rinse containers before recycling them. It’s important to rinse milk cartons and they belong with your container bag.
- Remove lids, caps, and straws from containers. Along with wrap, plastic, and styrofoam from boxes and paper.
- Place paper products and containers into separate, see-through blue bags.
- See-through blue bags must be used for recycling only. You can buy blue bags at most retail stores where you buy garbage bags.
- Cardboard can be placed in a blue bag or broken down and bundled.
- Cardboard bundles shouldn’t measure more than 2ft X 2ft X 1ft.
- Place recyclables loosely in the blue bag.
- On collection days, place your bags of recyclables at the curb, uncovered, and outside your garbage bin.
What can I recycle?
e.g. pie plates, baking trays & more
e.g. pop cans, beer cans & more
Milk & Juice Cartons
Plastic Trays & Tubs
e.g. butter & sour cream tubs, vegetable & fruit trays, plastic berry containers
Plastic Food Containers
e.g. ketchup, mustard, yogurt & more
Plastic Cleaning Product Containers
e.g. bleach, liquid laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaner, spray bottles, windshield wash & more
Plastic Toiletries Containers
e.g. shampoo, liquid soap, mouthwash, contact lens solution, body wash & more
Plastic Drink Bottles
e.g. water, pop, liquor & more
Steel (Tin) Cans
e.g. soup cans, bean cans, tuna cans, coffee cans & more
Tetra Pak Containers
e.g. juice boxes, soup containers & more
Newspaper, Flyers & Junk Mail
Magazines, Catalogues & Phone Books
Writing & Computer Paper
e.g. lined, white & coloured
e.g. paper and plastic window envelopes, but not bubble or insulated envelopes
e.g. cereal, cracker, detergent boxes, frozen food boxes & more
Just the cardboard kind, not the Styrofoam kind
Take Out Drink Trays
Empty Paper Towel & Toilet Paper Rolls
Just the empty cardboard rolls, not the toilet paper or paper towels themselves
Must be in a tied-up blue bag or bundled to no more than 2ft X 2ft X 1 ft
- Hypodermic needles and other sharp objects, including broken glass must be placed in a puncture proof container prior to placing in the garbage.
- Propane tanks
- Plastic bags/wrap
- Aerosol and paint cans
- Kitty litter
- Drink/coffee cups
- Gift wrapping paper
- Toys (plastic, wood, metal)
- Chemicals (ie. Bleach)
Glass beverage containers are accepted at Green Depots. To learn the locations of Green Depots in your area, contact the MMSB at www.mmsb.nl.ca or call 1-800-901-MMSB
Download the ‘What can I recycle’ PDF click here.
When do I recycle?
Household garbage pick-up takes place every week, Tuesday to Friday. Recycling pick-up takes place every second week, Tuesday to Friday. Click here to get the full schedule.
Curbside Recycling in Torbay
- Monday, June 6-10 ($25)
Bulk Garbage Drop Off
What dates can I drop off my bulk garbage?
- Thursday, June 2: 10:00am-6:30pm
- Friday, June 3: 10:00am-6:30pm
- Saturday, June 4: 8:00am-7:00pm
- Bulk garbage drop-off is available to Torbay residents only. ID will be required at the entrance.
- Touchless drop-off only — Residents are required to unload all items and place in the designated loader buckets themselves or with the assistance of another member of their household or extended bubble. Staff will not be permitted to assist due to COVID-19 safety precautions.
Municipal Depot | 1 Pump House Road (Off Torbay By-pass)
For more information contact Phil Vokey, Supervisor, Infrastructure and Public Works
437-6532 ext. 286 | email@example.com
What can and cannot be dropped off?
- View the full list of acceptable and unacceptable items here.
The Town of Torbay, in partnership with the Towns of Flatrock, Pouch Cove, Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove, and Bauline has ordered compost bins from the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board. This year, the Town will be offering two options: bins and tumblers. The Town will provide a further update when the bins and tumblers are available for purchase.
Ask at the front reception for details or call 437-6532.
The Town of Torbay is actively involved in Clean-up Programs and the promotion of Property Beautification. Residents are recognized for their contribution to property improvement and the Town promotes a clean environment for all residents.