Residential Collection

Recycling and composting has been law in Nova Scotia since 1996. The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg and the Towns of Bridgewater and Mahone Bay have Solid Waste Collection and Disposal By-laws which explain how waste is to be separated, household responsibilities and what type of bags to use.

Collection guidelines differ in the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg and the Towns of Bridgewater and Mahone Bay. Below is a brief overview of each. If you have further questions, please check your calendar or call 902-543-2991.


 

 The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, Town of Bridgewater and Town of Mahone Bay has a four stream waste system.

Waste Stream

 

Municipality of Lunenburg

Waste must be curbside by 7:00 am

Total of 4 cubic meters, per houshold, per collection

 

Town of Bridgewater

Waste must be curbside by 8:00 am

 

 

Town of Mahone Bay

Waste must be curbside by 8:00 am

 

 

Garbage

 

 

      

  • Clear, transparent bag (1x black bag allowance)
  • Bag dimension no larger than 30x48 inches
  • Bag dimension no smaller than 26x36 inches
  • Single bag cannot weigh more than 55 lbs
  • 6x bag limit (1x black + 5 clear)
  • Clear, transparent bag
  • Bag dimension no larger than 75cm x 120cm
  • Bag dimension no smaller than 66cm x 91cm
  • Single bag cannot weigh more than 55 lbs
  • 6x bag limit (1x black + 5 clear)
  • Bag dimension no larger than 75cm x 120cm
  • Bag dimension no smaller than 66cm x 91 cm
  • Single bag cannot weigh more than 55 lbs
       

Recyclables

 

 

 

 

  • Blue-tinted, transparent bag
  • Bag dimension no larger than 30x48 inches
  • Bag dimension no smaller than 10x16 inches
  • Single bag cannot weigh more than 55 lbs
  • All materials must be clean

 

  • Blue, transparent bag
  • Bag dimension no larger than 75cm x 120 cm
  • Bag dimension no smaller than 25cm x 40 cm
  • Single bag cannot weigh more than 55 lbs
  • Cumulative wieght of 222 lbs, per collection
  • All materials must be clean
  • Blue, transparent bag or clear bag
  • Bag dimension no larger than 75 cm x 120 cm
  • Bag dimension no smaller than 25cm x 40 cm
  • Single bag cannot weigh more than 55 lbs
  • Cumulative weight of 222 lbs, per collection
  • All materials must be clean
       

Paper

 

 

 

 

  • Clear plastic, transparent bag or shopping bag
  • Bag dimension no larger than 30x48 inches
  • Bag dimension no smaller than 10x16 inches
  • Single bag cannot weigh more than 55 lbs
  • Cardboard must be flattened, bundled and tied -keep dry on rainy days
  • Clear plastic, transparent bag or shopping bag
  • Bag dimension no smaller than 25cm x 40cm
  • Bag dimension no larger than 75cm x 120 cm
  • Single bag cannot weigh more than 55 lbs
  • Cardboard must be flattened, bundled and tied- keep dry on rainy days
  • Clear plastic, transparent bag or shopping bag
  • Bag dimension no smaller than 25cm x 40 cm
  • Bag dimension no larger than 75cm x 120 cm
  • Single bag cannot weigh more than 55 lbs
  • Cardboard must be flattened, bundled and tied - keep dry on rainy days
       

Compost

 

 

 

  • 1x wheeled, aerated green cart issued by the municipality
  • Paper compost bin liners are acceptable
  • Contact the waste hotline number at 1-855-530-3324 to inquire about a green cart
  • No more than 2x wheeled, aerated green cart issued by the town
  • Paper compost bin liners are acceptable
  • Contact the town at 902-541-4370 to inquire about a green cart
  • No more than 2x wheeled, aerated green cart issued by the town
  • Paper compost bin liners are acceptable
  • Contact the town at 902-624-8327 to inquire about a green cart
       
       

Collection

 

 

 

 

 

  • Collects all waste streams every two weeks
  • Waste must be placed within 10 feet of the curb
  • Waste cannot be placed curbside sooner than 5:00 pm the day before schedule collection
  • Waste collection issues, please call the waste hotline number at 1-855-530-3324

 

  • Alternates collections between blue week and green week.
  • Blue week is for recyclables, paper and cardboard
  • Green week is for garbage and compost
  • Waste must be within 10 feet of the curb or travel-way
  • Waste cannot be placed curbside sooner than 8:00 pm the day before scheduled collection
  • Alternates collection between blue week and green week
  • Blue week is for recyclables, paper and cardboard
  • Green week is for garbage and compost
  • Waste must be within 10 feet of teh curb or travel-way
  • Waste cannot be placed curbside sooner than 8:00 pm the day before scheduled collection
       
Missed Collection 1-855-530-3324 1-855-530-3324 902-530-3401
       

Items Not Collected Curbside

 

  • Electronics - can be delivered to the Community Recycling Centre for FREE
  • Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) - can be delivered to the Community Recycling Centre for FREE
  • Sharps - can be delivered to a local pharmacy for FREE
  • Tires - can be delivered to a local retailer for FREE
  • Asphalt Shingles - can be deliverd to a C&D landfill or the Community Recycling Centre
       

Broken Glass

 

Items that are sharp or have potential to break during transportation (old knives, lightbulbs - CFL, sawblades, broken glass) must be placed in a sealed container or box and labelled "broken glass". This should be placed beside your garbage bag as it informs the waste hauler and curbside inspector to handle with care as it has the potential to cause injuries.

       
Waste Cancellations Collection times can change due to staffing, weather, road conditions, construction, etc. Any waste collection cancellations will be aired on CKBW (98.1 FM) and posted on the home page of this website.
   

Spring & Fall Clean Up

Clean up occurs twice a year. This allows residents to dispose of bulky itmes such as appliances, furniture, wood and metal. Items which cannot fit in a regular garbage bag may be placed for spring & fall clean up. Residents are asked not to place items curbside sooner than 4 days prior to clean up date.

   

Waste Rejections

 

The contracted waste hauler and the curbside inspector regularly inspect waste. If waste is not separated properly or prepared incorrectly it could be rejected. If your waste is rejected, please follow the instructions listed on the sticker. Waste must be re-sorted and placed at the curb during the next collection. Please look for the phone number on the sticker if you have any questions about the rejected waste.

   

To find out which day and week your collection takes place, please contact: 

Municipality of Lunenburg      1-855-530-3324

Town of Bridgewater               1-855-530-3324

Town of Mahone Bay              902-530-3401

 

PROPER WASTE SEPARATION

For complete details on how to separate waste properly, please click on Waste Separation 101

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