Waste Diversion

Of the over 15 tonnes of curbside waste collected annually in our community, only 13.7% of it is diverted from the landfill by the City’s recycling and yard waste programs. We can and need to do better. By reducing the waste of municipal services and promoting the 7Rs of sustainable waste management to its residents and businesses, the City of Fredericton is striving towards a circular economy where no material is wasted.

Looking for resources on where you can divert your waste? Check out our waste management map!

7 Rs of Waste Management

You’ve likely heard of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, but did you know there are four more Rs that contribute to sustainable waste management?

  • Rethink: Think about the environmental impacts of your choices.  
  • Refuse: Be discerning about what you buy. Refuse items whose environmental costs are too high or that you don’t need.
  • Reduce: If possible, borrow items or buy secondhand. If you must buy new, buy fewer, long-lasting items with minimal to no packaging.
  • Reuse: Use items as long as possible or find new uses for them.  
  • Repair: Fix items instead of buying new ones.
  • Regift: Give unused or unwanted items to those who need it.
  • Recycle: Properly dispose of items so their materials can be broken down and reused.

What is the city doing?

  • Operating two community recycling depots
  • Collecting curbside yard waste seasonally
  • Implementing the Green Events Guide (PDF) to reduce waste at City-run events
  • Adding recycling bins to parks and City-run events
  • Promoting home composting programs
  • Working with community partners to promote product exchange/resale networks
  • Promoting the benefits and need for sustainable waste management
  • The landfill is run by the Capital Region Service Commission and it captures landfill waste methane and uses it to generate electricity

Tracking our progress

Interested in knowing what actions the City of Fredericton is taking to meet its climate goals? The Environmental Dashboard is where you can learn more about our climate initiatives, track our progress, and find out how you can help. The information on the dashboard is updated annually and will grow when new initiatives are undertaken. 

View the Environmental Dashboard

What can you do?