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 must be separated.

Collection guidelines differ in the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg and the Towns of Bridgewater and Mahone Bay. Below are guidelines. Questions, please check your calendar or call 902-543-2991.


 

Collection Guidelines: Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, Town of Bridgewater and Town of Mahone Bay

Waste Stream

 

Municipality of Lunenburg

Waste must be curbside by 7:00 am

Total of 4 cubic meters, per household, per collection (garbage, blue bags, paper, cardboard, green cart)

 

Town of Bridgewater

Waste must be curbside by 8:00 am

 

 

Town of Mahone Bay

Waste must be curbside by 8:00 am

 

 

Garbage

 

 

      

  • Approximately 10-12 garbage bags: clear bags (1 black bag allowed)
  • Bags no larger than 75cm x 120cm or smaller than 66cm x 91cm
  • Single bags cannot weigh more than 25 kgs (55 lbs)
  • 2 bulky landfill items collected every collection, Each item up to 1.8 m (6 ft), and 100 kgs (220 lbs)
  • 6 bag limit (5 clear bags, 1 black bag allowed)
  • Bags no larger than 75cm x 120cm or smaller than 66cm x 91cm
  • Single bags cannot weigh more than 25 kgs (55 lbs)
  • 2 bulky landfill items collected every green week (garbage/green cart), Each item up to 1.8 m (6 ft), and 100 kgs (220 lbs)
  • 6 bag limit (5 clear bags, 1 black bag allowed)
  • Bags no larger than 75cm x 120cm or smaller than 66cm x 91cm
  • Single bags cannot weigh more than 25 kgs (55 lbs)
  • 2 bulky landfill items collected every green week (garbage/green cart), Each item up to 1.8 m (6 ft), and 100 kgs (220 lbs) 
       

Recyclables

 

 

 

 

  • Blue, transparent bag
  • Bags no larger than 75cm x 120 cm and no smaller than 25cm x 40 cm
  • Each bag no heavier than 25 kgs (55 lbs)
  • Recyclables must be clean

 

  • Blue, transparent bag
  • Bags no larger than 75cm x 120 cm and no smaller than 25cm x 40 cm
  • Each bag no heavier than 25 kgs (55 lbs)
  • Total weight of bags, 222 lbs, per collection
  • Recyclables must be clean
  • Blue, transparent bag
  • Bags no larger than 75cm x 120 cm                and no smaller than 25cm x 40 cm
  • Each bag no heavier than 25 kgs (55 lbs)
  • Total weight of bags, 222 lbs, per collection
  • Recyclables must be clean
       

Paper

 

 

 

 

  • Clear plastic, transparent bag, shopping bag or other bag closed and labelled "paper". Keep dry.
  • Bag dimension no smaller than 25cm x 40cm, no larger than 75cm x 120 cm
  • Each bag no heavier than 25 kgs (55 lbs)
  • Cardboard must be flattened, bundled and tied- keep dry on rainy days
  • Clear plastic, transparent bag or shopping bag or other bag closed and labelled "paper". Keep dry.
  • Bag dimension no smaller than 25cm x 40cm, no larger than 75cm x 120 cm
  • Each bag no heavier than 25 kgs (55 lbs)
  • Cardboard must be flattened, bundled and tied- keep dry on rainy days
  • Clear plastic, transparent bag or shopping bag or other bag closed and labelled "paper". Keep dry. 
  • Bag dimension no smaller than 25cm x 40 cm, no larger than 75cm x 120 cm
  • Each bag no heavier than 25 kgs (55 lbs)
  • Cardboard must be flattened, bundled and tied - keep dry on rainy days
       

Organics

 

 

 

  • 1 green cart, issued by the Municipality
  • Paper green cart liners are preferred
  • Call 1-855-530-3324 to get a green cart
  • Paper leaf bags must be used for bagged leaves and yard waste - no plastic bags.  Leaves can be placed in a green cart.
  • Up to 2 green carts, issued by the Town
  • Paper green cart liners are preferred
  • Call 902-541-4370 to get a green cart
  • Paper leaf bags must be used for bagged leaves and yard waste - no plastic bags. Leaves can be placed in a green cart.
  • Up to 2 green carts, issued by the Town
  • Paper green cart liners are preferred
  • Call 902-624-8327 to get a green cart
  • Paper leaf bags must be used for bagged leaves and yard waste - no plastic bags. Leaves can be placed in a green cart.
       

Collection

 

 

 

 

 

  • Bi-weekly collection of recyclables, paper, cardboard, garbage and green cart 
  • 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, call 1-855-530-3324
  • Alternating bi-weekly collection of Blue Week and Green Week wastes
  • Blue week: recyclables, paper and cardboard
  • Green week: garbage and green cart
  • Waste must be within 10 feet of the curb 
  • Waste cannot be placed curbside sooner than 8:00 pm the day before scheduled collection
  • Alternating bi-weekly collection of Blue Week and Green Week wastes
  • Blue week: recyclables, paper and cardboard
  • Green week: garbage and green cart
  • Waste must be within 10 feet of the curb 
  • Waste cannot be placed curbside sooner than 8:00 pm the day before scheduled collection
Wood & Metal 
  •  A combined volume of 4 cubic metres of wood and metal collected annually during special Fall collection. Individual items  can wiegh up to 140 kgs, measure up to 1.8 m in length.
  • 4 cubic metres: 2 metres (6.5 feet) x 2 metres (6.5 feet) x 1 metre (3.2 feet)
  •  A combined weight of 100 kgs wood and metal collected annually during special Fall collection. Individual items cannot exceed 50 kgs, no longer than 1.8 m.
  • 2 cubic metres: 2 metres (6.5 feet) x 1 metre (3.2 feet) x 1 metre (3.2 feet)
  •   A combined volume of 2 cubic metres of wood and metal collected annually during special Fall collection. Individual items cannot exceed 100 kgs, or 1.8 m in length.
  • 2 cubic metres: 2 metres (6.5 feet) x 1 metre (3.2 feet) x 1 metre (3.2 feet)
Missed Collection 1-855-530-3324 1-855-530-3324 902-543-1103
       
       

Items Not Collected Curbside

 

  • Electronics - Can be delivered to the Community Recycling Centre for FREE
  • Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) - Residential HHW can be delivered to the Community Recycling Centre for FREE
  • Sharps - Can be delivered to a local pharmacy for FREE, using a sharps bucket provided by a pharmacy.
  • Tires - Four tires can be delivered to a local retailer for FREE, at one time, off rims
  • Asphalt Shingles - Can be delivered to the Community Recycling Centre or a regulated construction & demolition waste landfill. Fees apply.
       

Broken Glass

 

Items that are sharp or have potential to cut a waste collector such as knives, lightbulbs, sawblades and glass items must be placed in a sealed container or box and labelled "broken glass". This should be placed beside your garbage bag.

       

Cancelled  Collection

 

Collection can change due to weather, road conditions and construction. Collection cancellations are aired on CKBW (98.1 FM), posted on the home page of this website, the Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Centre's Facebook page. Call (902) 543-2991 to listen to a message concerning cancellations and site closures.  
   

Waste Rejections

 

The contracted waste hauler and the curbside inspector regularly inspect waste to ensure recyclable or compostable wastes aren't landfilled. If waste is not separated properly or prepared incorrectly it could be rejected. If it is, 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.

   

Find your collection day online or call (902) 543-2991.

PROPER WASTE SEPARATION

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