Solid Waste Collection By-Laws

The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg and the Towns of Bridgewater and Mahone Bay have Solid Waste By-laws which govern the collection of waste within their jurisdictions.

The by-laws define the responsibilities of residents and businesses regarding waste management and include rules about the volume of waste that can be set out curbside, proper storage and collection of waste, and proper sorting procedures. Penalties may be applied in cases of improper waste storage and disposal.

To review the by-law for your area, please click on the appropriate link below:

Clear Bags for Garbage

The Town of Mahone Bay, Town of Bridgewater and Municipality of the District of Lunenburg have adopted colourless, clear bags for curbside garbage collection.

Clear bags will be used to increase recycling rates, composting rates and waste handler safety. Clear bags for garbage collection have been adopted by most Nova Scotian municipalities for these reasons. Clear bags improve the safety of those that collect and inspect the waste. Residents and businesses will still be permitted to use garbage cans and garbage boxes for their waste collection.  

As of October 1, 2014, garbage must be placed for collection in clear bags in Mahone Bay, Bridgewater and the Municipality of Lunenburg. Households and businesses that fail to use clear bags after this date may have their waste rejected.

Dark or Tinted Bags

One (1) dark/tinted bag (black, dark green or white colour) may be used for personal items. One dark/tinted bag is permitted per dwelling (household), per collection. Privacy bags may be sized from 66 cm x 91 cm up to a maximum size of 75 cm x 120 cm. Dark/tinted bags must contain garbage only and may be subject to inspection at the curbside.

Dark/tinted bags may include bathroom wastes, personal hygiene items and non-hazardous medical wastes, with the exception of bio-medical wastes, needles, lancets, fluid-filled medical tubing and/ or filled colostomy pouches. If additional dark bags are required for personal hygiene wastes or non-hazardous medical wastes, please call (902) 543-2991. 

  • Tubing and colostomy bags must be emptied into a toilet before placing in the garbage.
  • Needles and lancets ("sharps") for blood testing must be placed in a sharps bucket only. Sharps buckets are available for free at any pharmacy. Once filled, drop them off for free, safe disposal. Unused medications may also be dropped off at any pharmacy for disposal. Do not place in garbage.

Empty waste bin liners "kitchen catchers" into clear bags so all waste is loose inside. 

For more information, please call (902) 543-2991.























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