2021 Residential Heavy Garbage Collection Schedule


Heavy Garbage Collection Notice

CBRM Solid Waste Department's municipal wide Residential Heavy Garbage Collection is scheduled for Monday, June 21, 2021.  Residents living at properties eligible for curbside collection must have their large, heavy, or bulky household items placed at the curb no later than 6am on Monday, June 21.

Residential Heavy Garbage Collection

Acceptable Items 

Bulky, Heavy or large items:

Sofas, chairs, upholstered furniture, mattresses, box springs, carpeting, flooring, vinyl windows or vinlyl doors will be collected.

  • Panes of glass from windows should be removed when possible. Collectors will no be responsible for cleaning up or removing broken glass and debris that remains at the curb following this collection.
  • Carpeting should be rolled and tied with string or rope. Please make sure the rolled carpet is safe to handle and has no nails, staples or other sharp objets sticking out.  
  • Floor tiles must be bundled and tied.  For easy removal, you can also place tiles inside a container or a box.  


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Wood items:

Wooden dressers, furniture, chairs, doors, desks, shelving or tables, shelving will be collected.

  • Wooden items must be disassembled.
  • Wooden legs on tables should be removed.
  • The drawers should be removed from dressers and placed in your heavy garbage pile. 

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Appliances and Metal Items:

Large appliances including refrigerators, stoves, deep freezers, dishwashers, and humidifiers will be collected.  Other metal items including empty oil tanks, empty hot water tanks, steel bath tubs, sinks and metal household radiators will also be collected.

  • A maximum of 5 large appliances will be collected curbside from a civic address. 
  • Appliances containing Freon will be collected separately.
  • It is recommended residents remove the doors on a refridgerator and/or deep freezer before placing curbside.  The doors can be placed seperately in the heavy garbage pile.  
  • Empty oil tanks 1140 L (250 gallons) or less in size and empty hot water tanks will be collected.  Please make sure no liquid or residue remains inside these tanks.


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Residential Heavy Garbage Collection

Items Not Accepted in the Residential Heavy Garbage Collection Program

Electronics including microwave ovens, gaming systems, GPS Systems, desk top computers, portable computers, monitors, computer peripherals, desk top printers, televisions, personal/portable audio & video play back and recording systems, vehicle audio/video systems, home theatre in-a-box (HTB) systems, home audio/video systems and non-cellular telephones and cellular devices.
All household hazardous waste material. ( unused paint & empty paint cans, oil & empty oil containers, glycol & empty glycol containers, other petroleum products & gasoline).
Propane tanks and propane cylinders  Small 1 pound cylinders can be dropped off free-of-charge at CBRM's Residential Hazardous Waste Depot.  Contact the hotline for disposal innformation on larger propane tanks & cylinders.
Fluorescent lights & other mercury containing products
Asphalt roofing shingles
Vehicle parts
Vehicle tires
Large trees, stumps and branches

Residential Heavy Garbage Collection- Important Reminders: 

  • All areas of CBRM must have heavy garbage materials out for curbside collection NO LATER than 6am on June 21.
  • All residents are responsible for keeping their heavy garbage piles neat while waiting for heavy garbage collection to occur in their neighborhood.
  • Residents should avoid placing heavy garbage  to the curb for this collection until the weekend of June 19 & June 20.
  • Please make sure important, valueable items, such as hockey sticks, hockey nets, basket balls, basketball nets, bicycles, scooters, skateboards, lawn mowers or waste containers or other items not intended for collection, near your heavy garbage pile.  Items mistakenly taken, during this collection, is not the responsibility of the Solid Waste Department.
  • Please DO NOT block or place heavy garbage on sidewalks.
  • Collectors will only remove heavy garbage placed at the curb.  Items left on porch steps, near homes, or visible in backyards will not be removed. 
  • Streets and roads will be visited ONCE. 
  • Keep your regular household garbage, blue bags and green cart in a separate pile from your heavy garbage.  
  • Wood debris should be cut or broken down into 4 foot lenghts or smaller.
  • Used vehicle tires will not be collected.  You can return for free, up to 4 used tires at one time to any tire retailer in Nova Scotia.  
  • Microwave ovens, gaming systems, GPS systems televisions, computers and other electronics included in the Electronics Recycling Program will not be collected.  Old or unwanted electronics can be taken free-of-charge to any EPRA Drop-Off Centre for disposal.  Please visit  www.recycleMYelectronics.ca/ns for a list of electronics included in the Electronics Recycling Program.
  • Collectors ARE NOT responsible for cleaning up small debris or broken glass which may remain following heavy garbage collection.
  • Residents are responsible for removing all unacceptable heavy garbage items from the curb.

For more information on this seasons Heavy Garbage Collection, please phone the Hotline at (902) 567-1337. Educators are available to respond to inquiries 8:30am to 4pm Monday to Friday. You can also check out CBRM's new Waste Sorting Tool.