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Solid Waste Services

Residential Curbside Recycling Program

In 2016, residents of the Greater Miramichi region have diverted 15% of their waste from being landfilled through the Residential Curbside Recycling Program!


Garbage (MT)


Recycling (MT)


Diversion (%)

City of Miramichi 4,982.98 841.11 16.88%
Village of Blackville 274.37 45.70 16.66%
Village of Doaktown 198.87 31.35 15.76%
Rural Community of Upper Miramichi 569.42 105.11 18.46%
Local Service Districts 4,305.33 594.01 13.80%
Metepenagiag 135.27 17.90 13.23%
Eel Ground 334.75 22.25 6.65%
Esgenoopetitj 413.18 30.20 7.31%
TOTAL 11,214.17 1,687.63 15.05%


Many of the materials we throw away can be recycled. Recycling conserves natural resources using less energy and raw materials to produce new products. Recycling helps protect the environment, removes harmful substances from the waste stream, diverts waste from the landfill and extends the life of the facility.


  • Recyclables are deposited loose in the blue cart, no need to sort, tie, or bundle.
  • All items must be in the cart, items placed next to the cart will not be collected.
  • Materials should be clean, rinsed and dry, flattened or crushed. Lids, caps, and labels are accepted.

Identify plastics by locating the number within a recycling symbol, usually found on the bottom of the container lid. If the plastic is not clearly marked with a number within a recycling symbol, then it is non-compliant.

Accepted plastics: 

pete1  hdpe2  ldpe4 




NO PLASTIC BAGS! Shopping bags can be brought to participating retail stores (i.e. grocery stores). All other plastic bags including bread bags, food storage bags, flyer bags, etc. can be disposed with garbage.

EXCEPTION: Shredded paper must be deposited in a tied transparent bag.

  • Collection of recyclables (carts) and Waste will alternate weekly.
  • The blue cart is to be used only for recyclables and not to hold garbage. Waste/Recyclables collectors will determine if your cart poses a contamination risk. If your cart has soiled materials or contains garbage, the cart will not be emptied; therefore you should put the items out the following week for waste collection.


Accepted Materials


  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • #1 plastic (PETE) containers
  • #2 plastic (HDPE) containers
  • #4 plastic (LDPE) containers
  • #5 plastic (PP) containers
  • #7 plastic (OTHER) containers
  • Paper cups
  • Metal food cans
  • Milk cartons


  • Newspapers
  • Flyers
  • Magazines and catalogues
  • Computer and coloured paper
  • Telephone and softcover books
  • Paper egg cartons

Milk Cartons

Paper Cups

  • coffee cups,
  • beverage cups from various restaurants

Cardboard and Box board

  • Corrugated cardboard boxes
  • Shoe boxes
  • Cereal, cracker and other foodstuffs boxes
  • All other boxes and cartons except milk cartons
  • No waxed or soiled cardboard and box board

Metal Food Cans

  • Metals cans
  • Aluminum cans
  • Small metal items including metal caps, tops and lids

Plastic Containers

#1 Plastic - PETE

PETE is quite rigid and is usually transparent.  It is commonly used for water and soft drink bottles, mouthwash bottles, peanut butter jars and salad dressing containers.

Please redeem you Beverage Containers at any Redemption Center. 

#2 Plastic - HDPE

HDPE is typically more rigid than the #1 plastic and is usually opaque.  Most shampoo, conditioner and body wash bottles are made of #2 plastic as are plastic milk jugs, liquid laundry detergent bottles and many household cleaning product containers.

#4 Plastic - LDPE

LDPE is typically a softer than other plastics.  Milk cartons and cups such as coffee or soft drink cups are lined with #4 plastic.  Other items can be made out of #4 plastics.  Most plastic bags are #4 plastic, however they are not accepted in the Recycling Program.

#5 PLastic - PP 

PP is typically more rigid than the #1 plastic.  Most large yogurt containers, margarine containers and vitamin bottles are made of #5 plastic.

#7 Plastic - OTHER

OTHER is typically rigid plastic.  Most large water dispenser bottles, food containers, etc. are made from #7 plastic.

Recycling Tips
  • Flatten cardboard and box board.
  • Rinse all plastic containers and metal cans. This prevents any smell from your stored recyclables and ensures they can be recycled.
  • Glass bottles are not accepted in the recycling program and must be sorted from the rest of the materials during processing.  Unless they can be reused in some way or are accepted at other recycling centers in the region, both should be discarded with your regular garbage.
  • Styrofoam is a #6 plastic and is not accepted for recycling.

Recycling Hotline

For information on the recycling program, call the Recycling Hotline at 778.CART(2278) or Toll Free 1.844.307 CART (2278).