Construction & Demolition Waste Disposal

In the Province of Nova Scotia, Construction and Demolition (C&D) wastes must be disposed of properly. Provincial guidelines have been developed and are administered by Nova Scotia Environment (see lists below)

Structural demolitions generate large amounts of material that can be reused or recycled. Rather than demolish an entire building, consider 'decontructing' all or part of a building. Deconstruction is the orderly dismantling of building components for reuse or recycling. In contrast to demolition, where buildings are knocked down and materials are co-mingled, deconstruction involves taking apart portions of a building or removing their contents with the primary goal being to reuse or recycle the materials.

Deconstruction saves money. Sorted construction wastes that are delivered to the Community Recycling Centre cost less per tonne for disposal.

The Community Recycling Centre also offers Mixed C&D waste rates for unsorted loads. View all waste tipping fees.


LRCRC Piles May 09 009 AGGREGATES: Bricks, mortar, concrete and paving materials.
IMG 1594 CLEAN WOOD: All brush and wood that is free of glue, paint, stain, wire and plastic. Sections of wood cannot be larger than 4' x 8' and spikes no longer than 6" or thicker than 1/2".
LRCRC Piles May 09 013 PAINTED WOOD: Plywood, painted wood and wolmanized/pressure-treated wood. Creosote is billed at a  landfill rate.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


LRCRC Piles May 09 005 SHINGLES: All asphalt roofing shingles must be placed in the shingle pile, free of house wrap, metal and wire. 
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METAL: All metal items including fridges, freezers, de-humifiers, wire, plumbing fixtures, siding, doors, empty paint cans and window frames.

Refrigerant gases are drained from fridges, freezers and de-humidifiers free of charge at the Community Recycling Centre. Metal is accepted free of charge.

Other C&D items: wallboard,window panes, glass doors, toilets, sinks, bath tubs, fibreglass, blown-in and Styroforam insulation, vinyl siding, piping, carpeting, vinyl flooring and ceiling tiles. 



Items which DO NOT require disposal at an approved C&D Site           

Items which REQUIRE disposal at an approved C&D Site                                    Items which REQUIRE disposal at an approved Landfill,                                                                            Recycling Depot, Hazardous Waste Depot
  • Rock (non-sulfide bearing)
  • Aggregate
  • Soil
  • Bricks
  • Mortar
  • Concrete (free of reinforcing steel)
  • Asphalt Pavement
  • Porcelain/Ceramic material
  • Trees & Brush
  • Limbs
  • Stumps
  • Root balls
  • Milled Wood (free of adhesives, coating or preservatives)





  • Creosote-treated timbers
  • Pressure-treated wood
  • Plywood
  • Particle/chip board
  • Built up glued wood sections
  • Sawdust/wood chips
  • Gypsum board (drywall)
  • Structural metals
  • Plastic/vinyl building materials
  • Insulation (fibreglass/styrofoam)
  • Shingles
  • Built up roofing
  • Carpeting, vinyl flooring & linoleum
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Wiring & nails
  • Metal joiner, frames & structural components     
  • Lighting fixtures (no PCB ballasts, manufactured before 1980)
  • Piping                                                                           


  • Banned landfill material (recyclables, compost, paper, cardboard,                                                    boxboard, electronics*, tires, plastic bags and packaging
  • Caulking tubes
  • Paint cans with left over paint
  • Other adhesive containers
  • Metal (hot water tanks, stoves, fridges, etc)
  • Furniture
  • Mattresses
  • Curtains and other textiles
  • Air handling units
  • Fuel tanks
  • Large electrical components (capacitors, transformers, switching gear,                                            monitor control centres)
  • Hazardous Waste (commercial generators must contact a certified                                            hazardous waste hauler - please view our Hazardous Waste brochure)


 *The Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Centre accepts electronics at its depot, 908 Mullock Road, Whynott's Settlement. View a list of accepted items.

For more information, contact the Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Centre at (902) 543-2991.





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