Recycling & Waste

The City of St. Catharines is known as The Garden City. As such, the Corporation of the City of St. Catharines prides itself on maintaining a clean, green city, with opportunities for citizens to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Read about the City's new Waste Management Strategy for City Facilities and the pilot project being rolled out during 2020/21

Who is responsible for waste management

The Niagara Region oversees recycling and waste collection in St. Catharines, as well as Niagara's 11 other lower-tier municipalities. The Niagara Region handles the following services:

  • Garbage
  • Recycling
  • Organics and composting
  • Household Hazardous Waste
  • Large item collection
  • Landfill sites

Waste By- law

St. Catharines by-law enforcement is responsible for the investigation and enforcement of municipal by-laws related to waste accumulation upon any premises in St. Catharines.

Customer Service

All questions regarding recycling and waste should be directed to the Niagara Region.

  1. Email the Niagara Region
  2. Call the Niagara Region Waste Info-Line - 905.356.4141

Complaints related to garbage bins on City property can be reported via an online form.

Recycling in Public Spaces

People in public spaces, such as streets, parks, baseball diamonds and sports arenas, generate a significant amount of waste.

The City of St. Catharines is involved in a public space recycling pilot program to reduce the amount of garbage bound for landfill and help reach our 65 per cent waste diversion target. Recycling bins are now located throughout the downtown, including receptacles outside City Hall and Market Square.

Keeping our public spaces clean and green

Help keep our parks, beaches and public spaces clean by doing your part and contributing to #OurGreenSTC. 

Some helpful tips include: 

  • Put garbage in receptacles
  • Recycle when possible
  • Don't flick your cigarette butts
  • Pick up after your pooch
  • No trash cans? Take your litter with you.
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