Common Questions

What coloured bag should I use for garbage?

Residents and businesses in the Town of Mahone Bay and Bridgewater are required to use clear, colourless bags for garbage. This change has been made in an effort to increase recycling and composting. One (1) opaque bag will is allowed per household/ business, per collection for items such as bathroom waste and hygiene items. Opaque bags may be non-transparent white, black or dark green.  

Read the FAQ sheet. For more information about clear bags for garbage, call (902) 543-2991.

 

How can I report illegal dumping or waste burning?

Illegal dumping and burning can be reported to the Bridgewater Nova Scotia Environment office at (902) 543-4685. Under the Nova Scotia Environment Act, Inspectors have the jurisdiction to investigate reports and issue fines and/ or order clean up of dumped materials.

 

Which bags are best for lining my mini bin or green cart?

Paper is the best. Paper shreds easily and decomposes quickly. Plastic-like compostable bags get stuck in grinding equipment and do not break down. Remnants of these bags cause contamination which is hard to remove from the finished compost.

Line your bin or cart using: paper liners, paper leaf and yard waste bags, paper liquor store bags, paper grocery bags, flyers, paper towel or layer food waste with leaves in your cart.

Also try straining and wrapping wet food in newspaper. Cereal boxes are great for holding wet food scraps. Once these boxes are filled, toss them directly in the green cart.

 

I would like to bring waste to the LRCRC, what should I do before I load my vehicle or trailer with waste?

Household waste and construction and demolition waste must be separated and dropped off at different areas on-site. Construction and demolition waste is accepted both sorted and mixed. Sorted materials (ie. wood, shingles) are accepted at a lower rate. Mixed C&D is separated by heavy equipment on-site, saving customers the effort of having to sort it themselves. Household waste and furniture cannot be accepted with C&D waste. Fees vary according to where the waste is delivered from. Read more about tipping fees.

Household waste such as organics, landfill and recyclables (blue bag, paper and cardboard) are also accepted at the site. Read more about tipping fees. Residential household hazardous waste is accepted from the Town of Bridgewater, Town of Mahone Bay and the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg. For more information call (902) 543-2991.


Where can I find Spring and Fall Clean Up information?

Please click here.


My dog food bag has a layer of plastic inside, where does this go?

Garbage. Doing a simple rip test will tell you if the bag contains a plastic liner. Just rip the bag down the side and look closely to see if there is a web of plastic where the rip ends. If there is, then this means that paper is lined with plastic, a combination which cannot be recycled.


Where do chip bags go?

Potato chip bags, granola bar wrappers and candy wrappers all go in garbage. When you buy in bulk, you produce less packaging waste. Individual packaging creates more waste.


Where does cat litter and other pet waste go?

Garbage.


What can I do with old toys?  

If they can't be given away or sold at a yard sale, they must be placed in the garbage. They cannot be recycled.


Where do egg cartons go?

If the egg carton is cardboard and clean, it can be recycled with your paper; if there are eggshells or a broken egg inside, it can go in your compost. If the egg carton is Styrofoam, it goes in the garbage regardless of whether it is clean or dirty.


Where do I put cereal boxes, cracker boxes, tissue boxes and frozen food boxes?

These are made of paper. These items should be placed in a clear bag or plastic shopping bag with other paper recyclables. If they are heavily soiled with food or used to contain organics, they should be placed in the green cart. 


What do I do with ashes from my stove?

  • Cool the ashes for 3 weeks in a fireproof container, sitr and check them before putting them in the green cart.
  • Store the ashes away from buildings to avoid the possibility of a house or building fire if ashes combust.
  • Wet them down and stir them to make sure the embers are fully extinguished before putting them in the cart.

They may also be scattered around the garden to improve soil composition or sprinkled on driveways to increase traction on ice and speed the melting process.


Where do I take left over paint to be recycled?

You can return leftover liquid paint to your local ENVIRO-DEPOT™ at no charge. ENVIRO-DEPOTs™ will accept latex and oil-based paints including aerosols, as well as stains and varnishes. Empty metal paint cans, or paint cans containing  dried-up paint can go out for metal clean-up or be brought to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot at the Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Centre for free.


Where can I take my cellphone and cellphone components to be recycled?

Cellphones may be dropped off at the Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Centre's at 908 Mullock Road in Whynott's Settlement free of charge. Cellphones are recycled as part of the Electronic Products Recycling Association stewardship prgram.


Where do pizza boxes go?

Pizza boxes go in the green cart. They usually are covered in food, and are therefore too contaminated to place with clean cardboard.

 

Why do I have to pay deposit on beverage containers?

Consumers pay a $.10 deposit on each liquor or non-liquor beverage container purchased and collects a $.05 refund for each container returned to an ENVIRO-Depot™. The other $.05 is used in part to administer the waste systems in NS and pay the operators of the Enviro–Depot™. An annual amount (little over $.02 from that remaining nickel) goes back to Municipalities in the form of diversion credits to help offset the cost of collecting and processing recyclables and compost. Nova Scotia has one of the highest return rates for beverage containers in North America.


What do I do with my coffee cup?

Styrofoam cups are not recyclable—they go in the garbage. Paper cups, such as Tim Hortons and McDonald's beverage cups are not compostable and should be placed in the garbage. Paper cups were accepted in the organics stream until recently but do not break down quickly enough, thereby causing compost contamination. Waxy paper cups do not break down during the composting process. These should be placed in the garbage.


Where do tissues or napkins go?

They go in your green cart. Harmful pathogens are destroyed during the composting process. The composting process is provincially-regulated.


Do I have to remove paper clips and staples to recycle paper?

No, paper clips and staples don't have to be removed. Windows in envelopes and pages covered with tape can also be recycled, these pieces do not have to be removed.


What do I do with my batteries?

Residents can drop off rechargeable, non-rechargeable and car batteries at the Household Hazardous Waste Depot (LRCRC) for free. Non-rechargeable batteries are accepted at the LRCRC Depot for recycling as well but they are not banned from landfill. For that reason, residents are not required to recycle them--they may also be placed in a garbage bag during regular waste collection. .


Where does Styrofoam go?

In the Municipality of Lunenburg, Town of Bridgewater and Town of Mahone Bay, Styrofoam goes in the garbage.


Where do Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs) or fluorescent tubes go?

Seal CFLs and other lightbulbs in a box and place with regular household waste. Please label box as 'glass or lightbulbs' to help prevent injuries. Do not place inside a garbage bag. Waste collectors could be harmed if they are unaware of lightbulbs or tubes which have been placed in a bag.  CFLS and 4 or 8 foot flourecent light tubes are accepted at the Hazardous Waste Depot for free. They are not banned from landfill and can be placed curbside, however they are recycled as part of the Efficiency NS Mercury Collection Program.


What do I do with syringes and other sharps?

Syringes, sharps, retractable needles and lancets for blood testing all go in specially designated sharps buckets which are given out by pharmacies and local Diabetes Supply Centres.

Once the sharps bucket is filled, it can be returned to a local pharmacy and they will dispose of it safely and for free. Syringes should never be placed in garbage bags or blue bags! Glass jars and plastic food containers are not acceptable containers for disposal. Waste collectors and LRCRC staff have been stuck by sharps as waste is collected and processed by hand. Workers are unsure whether they've been infected by a needle stick for a year as they are often unaware of where that needle originated from. This is a very serious matter!  

Click here to read more about the Safe Sharps program.

The Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Centre does not accept sharps. 


If products such as bags, packaging or cutlery say biodegradable or oxy-biodegradable, does that mean I can put it in the green cart?

While these products may break down in other municipal composting systems, we ask resdients and businesses in Bridgewater, Mahone Bay and the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg stop using them.

Paper liners and other paper-based options are the best choices for lining green carts and mini bins. Green carts are designed to contain organics without a liner.

Paper take out food bags, plates, paper/lightly waxed paper food wrappers go in the green cart. Hot and cold drink cups (ie. Tim Hortons and McDonald's) should be placed in garbage. The liners and waxy coatings on these cups do not break down. 


How do I dispose of my Christmas tree?

Residents of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg and the Towns of Bridgewater and Mahone Bay can click here for Christmas tree collection dates. Trees cannot be collected during other times of the year.


Where does wrapping paper go?

If it cannot be reused, non-metallic wrapping paper can be recycled with regular paper. Ribbon and bows must be removed and placed in the garbage. place in a clear bag or shopping bag at the curb.  


How do I get a green cart for my organics (food scraps and wet or soiled paper)?

Please call the numbers listed for each area:

Municipality of the District of Lunenburg: 1-855-530-3324      
Town of Bridgewater: 902-541-4370        
Town of Mahone Bay: 902-624-8327  


My business/ apartment building needs information about proper waste sorting, what number can I call for assistance?

The Public Outreach department at the LRCRC can arrange free waste education sessions with businesses and management of multi-unit buildings for employees and tenants. Please call (902) 543-2913 to arrange a convenient time. Waste sorting signs and brochures are available. This service is provided by the Towns of Bridgewater and Mahone Bay and the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg.

 

What do i do with broken glass?

Broken glass can be placed in a sealed box or container and labelled 'broken glass'. Please set this out beside your garbage bag as it alerts the collector to be extra careful. 

 

What can I do with my empty motor oil or antifreeze jug?

Ensure they are completely empty, with the lids on and place them in your blue bag for recycling. Left over oil or


For further questions, please call (902) 543-2991. 

 

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