Sort it out, Torbay!

Just how bad are we?

We're 30% Below the National AverageTorbay has a recycling problem. Right now, our town recycles only 6% of its waste, 30% below the national average. That means most of Torbay’s recyclable materials are ending up in the landfill. Even other communities in Newfoundland and Labrador are recycling more than us. We can do better. It just takes commitment – from you!


Recycling's not rocket science Torbay.

Ready to sort it out?

New to recycling? Not sure you’re doing it right? Recycling is simple, once you know what to recycle, and when. In fact, once you learn the rules, it’s child’s play. Below you’ll find important information you’ll need to recycle correctly, including Torbay’s recycling pick-up schedule. Everything you need to help Torbay make the grade.


What can I recycle?

A few “tricky” things to remember about recycling in the Town of Torbay:

  1. Milk cartons are recyclable containers. Be sure to put them in your blue bag and not in with paper products.
  2. Disposable baking trays & pie pans are recyclable aluminum containers. The metal ones you have used for years are not recyclable at the curb.
  3. Paper flyers, catalogues and ‘junk’ mail are recyclable papers. The plastic bags they may come in are not recyclable at the curb.


Paper Products and Boxes

  • Cereal boxes
  • Cracker boxes
  • Shoe boxes
  • Gift boxes
  • Pasta boxes
  • Pizza boxes (take-out, delivery or frozen)
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Packing Boxes
  • Frozen food boxes
Paper Products
  • Newspapers and flyers
  • Magazines and catalogues
  • Glossy paper and junk mail
  • Computer paper, writing paper, bond paper, Post-it notes
  • Phonebooks
  • Envelopes
  • Books
  • Empty toilet paper rolls and empty paper towels rolls
  • Egg cartons (the cardboard kind!)
  • Drink/Coffee Trays
  • Paper bags


Containers, Cans and Tetra

Aluminum Containers
  • Pop and beer cans
  • Disposable baking trays, pie plates, etc.
Tin Cans
  • Soup cans, coffee cans, beans, tuna, cat food, etc.
Plastic Containers
  • Water, pop and liquor bottles
  • Condiments, like barbeque sauce, ketchup, mustard, honey, etc.
  • Household cleaners, like dish and laundry detergent, bleach, Windex, windshield wash, etc.
  • Toiletries, like shampoo, mouthwash, hand soap, contact lens solution, body wash, etc.
  • Over-the-counter medicine, like Tylenol bottles, vitamins, cough syrup, etc.
  • Plastic tubs, like butter, sour cream, ice cream, etc.
  • Yogurt containers
  • Juice containers
  • Plastic flower pots
  • Plastic Containers #s 1-7
Other Containers
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Tetra paks


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 on image to get full schedule.