Provincial Programs


The Nova Scotia Adopt-A-Highway Program provides volunteer groups the opportunity to help their community by cleaning up litter and beautifying roadsides. Today, over 160 groups have adopted more than 1000 km of secondary roads and 14x 100-series highways. This is a free program that will help make a visible impact on your community. 

For more information on this program and to get involved, please click here or call (902) 843-9467.



The Community Recycling Centre will accept used oil from residents in all of Lunenburg County at no charge. Used oil can be brought to our HHW depot in Whynotts Settlement.  Please call 902-543-2991 for hours.

Under the Nova Scotia Used Oil Regulations, retailers who sell motor oil (crankcase oil) must either accept used oil or provide a collection depot within 5 km of their business. Oil cannot be drained or disposed of with houshold garbage as it contaminates land, waster and is extremely dangerous to collect for haulers. When used oil is returned to the retailer and collected, it can be recycled and used again as a lubricant or fuel.

For more information on the Used Oil Program, click here.



Since 1997, Nova Scotia Regulations have required distributers and retailers selling on-road passenger tires must have a stewardship agreement. Divert NS is appointed the administrator for the used tire program. Within their stewardship agreements, distributers and retailers selling on-road passenger tires must collect a one-time environmental fee for each tire sold. These fees are submitted to Divert NS to support the cost of collecting and processing used tires. Divert NS regularly arranges collection from retailers and salvage yards throughout Nova Scotia. Retailers are REQUIRED to accept up to four (4) regulated and unwanted tires from NS residents.

For more information on the Used Tire Program, please click here or call 1-877-313-7732.



If you have unused or expired medication, please return it to your nearest pharmacy. Medication that is flushed or washed down a drain is environmentally hazardous as it leaks into the soil and water supply. Never throw medication into the garbage as it could accidentally be found by a child and ingested. 



Since 2002, Nova Scotia residents have been recycling paint and keeping it out of landfills. Over 2 million litres of paint is purchased each year with 25% of that never being used. When you are finished with your left over paint, just simply take it to a local enviro-depot for FREE! Residents of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg and the Towns of Bridgewater and Mahone Bay may bring paint to our HHW depot as well.  

For more information, please click here.



All beverage containers, except for milk products, can be taken to a local enviro-depot for a refund. 

Click here for more information. 



The Safe Sharps Program was developed in 2001 to ensure responsible disposal of sharps. Many people handle residentially and commerically generated waste, including the waste hauler, curbside inspector and those who sort blue bag recyclables. For this reason, many people are placed at risk when sharps are improperly disposed of. 

All pharmacies and Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) Supply Centres offer safe sharps containers FREE! When the container is full, simply return it to the pharmacy at no cost.

For your safety and the safety of others, sharps MUST be placed into a safe sharps container. The Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Centre does not accept used sharps or filled sharps containers.


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DO NOTput needles, syringes or lancets in garbage, recycling or any other waste stream;

DO NOT put needles, syringes or lancets in plastic jugs, bags or bottles;

DO NOT burn needles, syringes or lancets.





Please follow these steps to safely dispose of syringes, needles and lancets;

1. Pick up a FREE safe sharps container at the pharmacy or CDA supply centre;

2. Place used syringe, needle and lancet into the sharps container;

3. When the container is almost full, seal the lid and return it to the pharmacy or CDA supply centre for free.


NEVER PLACE SHARPS (USED OR NOT) IN A PLASTIC BOTTLE, JUG, GARBAGE BAG OR BLUE BAG.People hand separate all blue bag material and can get poked with a sharp. When this occurs, that employee has to put their entire life on hold for 12 months until all the proper testing can be done to ensure a clean bill of health. 

For more information, please click here or call 1-877-313-7732





Electronic Product Recycling Association (EPRA), formally known as Atlantic Canada Electronic Stewardship (ACES), is a not-for-profit industry-led organization that oversees an end-of-life electronics recycling progroam throughout the province of Nova Scotia and now Canada. Residents and businesses can recycle their unwanted electronics FREE OF CHARGE! Just deliver your electronic(s) to an EPRA Nova Scotia drop-off centre. 

Local EPRA Drop-off Centres

The Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Centre at 908 Mullock Road, Whynott's Settlement, accepts electronics free of charge for recycling. Electronics are accepted during regular hours of operation. Additional locations throughout Nova Scotia.

This program is funded through the Environmental Handling Fee (EHF) charged on the sale and distribution of all new electronic products. The fee helps cover the cost of collection, transportation and recycling of electronics as well as program administration.


  • Desktop Computers
  • Computer components
  • Personal/portable audio/video systems
  • Vehicle audio/video systems
  • Home theatres
  • Portable Computers
  • Printers
  • Display devices
  • Home audio/video systems
  • Non-cellular & cellular phones

For a complete list of acceptable items, please click here.









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