Garbage Rules

Garbage and Refuse Rules for Neat Streets and a Clean Community

The Town of Stephenville provides a garbage and refuse collection to residents at least once every 7 days.  This level of service cannot be kept without your cooperation.  Please follow these simple rules to help keep crews on schedule in every season and under every weather condition.

Household Refuse

Containers and Coverings: A container is defined as:  an opaque polyethylene plastic bag of 1.5 gauge thickness fastened at the top or a securely-tied compact parcel of paper, cardboard or clippings, not exceeding 3 feet by 2 feet in dimensions and 50 pounds in weight.

Garbage placed for collection shall be placed in a container as described above and shall (i) be covered with a weighted, solid colored, nylon or polyester net with a minimum mesh size of 25 mm x 25 mm acceptable to the Inspector, or (ii) be covered with a blanket acceptable to the Inspector.

Blankets or nets used for the covering of garbage shall be designed and maintained in a manner acceptable to the Inspector so as to ensure they provide adequate coverage, do not blow off the garbage, are easily removable by the garbage collection, and do not blow away once the garbage has been removed.

Containers and bundles should not weigh more than 50 lbs./22.5 kg.  All paper, newspaper, magazines, cardboard cartons not placed in approved polyethylene garbage bags shall be flattened out and securely tied with strong twine or rope in convenient bundles.  A polyethylene garbage bag shall have a material thickness of at least 1.5 mil and shall have a minimum size of 26” x 36”/66 cm x 91 cm.

Garbage containers and bundles shall be placed for collection in front of the premises at the curb or street line no earlier than 7:00 a.m. on the day designated for collection.

Small plastic supermarket, shopping bags, kitchen catchers and cardboard cartons are not considered suitable containers.

Up to ten containers are permitted for collection.

Garbage or refuse which has been strewn across a property, either by human or animal means, shall be removed by the property owner immediately.  This provision includes, but is not limited to, garbage and refuse which has been stored in approved garbage containers.

Garbage containers placed inside garbage bins or receptacles will not be picked up by the Town’s garbage and refuse collection crew.

  • Yard Debris:  Yard debris such as grass clippings and branches as well as paper and wood must be placed in standard containers, heavy duty polyethylene bags or tied in tightly bound bundles no more than 5’ long/1.5 m and weighing no more than 50 lbs./22.5 kg.
  • Animal Repellent on Bags: To discourage animals/birds from tearing open garbage, it is suggested that garbage bags be covered with a blanket or netting.

    Harmful chemicals such as chlorine bleach should not be used as they may cause serious injury to employees.

  • Sharp Objects (Hypodermic Needles and Broken Glass): Hypodermic needles must be placed in a puncture proof container before being put in the garbage.  Broken glass must be packaged in such a manner that the glass does not protrude through the container (e.g. cardboard box, cardboard milk container).  The container must be marked “Broken Glass”.
  • Liquids: No liquids are permitted to be placed for collection.  Problems are encountered when paint, oil or liquid animal waste, for example, are illegally placed in garbage bags.  When the container is crushed by the garbage truck, the contents could be sprayed over the collector or leak onto the street, causing a pollution hazard.  As well, the possibility of fire exists in the case of flammable liquids.
  • Bulk Refuse:  Collection of bulk refuse such as appliances, hot water tanks, furniture shall be during our annual spring clean-up and seasonally on Fridays as the Council may determine having due regard to availability of manpower and equipment.  These items shall be placed for collection in front of the premises at the curb or street line after calling the Town Office at 643-8360 to be placed on the list for Seasonal Friday Pick up.
    PLEASE NOTE: A contractor doing work at your home (such as installing siding, re-roofing, etc.) is responsible for removing all debris and properly disposing of the material.
  • Illegal Dumping: Unauthorized dumping of garbage, refuse, bulk items, yard debris or construction materials on public or private properties is illegal and can bring strict penalties.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Manager of Municipal Services The Town of Stephenville at 649-6925