Solid Waste News
Solid Waste News
The CBRM Solid Waste Department will provide important Solid Waste Management Information in this section of the website and by using social media (Facebook & Twitter). Important Solid Waste updates will also be recorded in Option #2 of the Solid Waste Management Hotline. To access, phone the hotline at (902) 567-1337 and press #2.
RESIDENTIAL CURBSIDE COLLECTION: Information
Nova Scotia Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban:
The province of Nova Scotia is banning the Single-Use-Plastic bag! Starting October 30, 2020, businesses will not be allowed to hand out single-use plastic bags at checkouts. Please remember to bring your own reusable bag.
For more information on the single use plastic bag ban please visit: www.novascotia.ca/single-use-plastic-bag-ban/
Residential Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Site
Residents are reminded hazardous waste is not accepted during heavy garbage collection or during regular curbside collection. If you have these items to get rid of, you can take them to CBRM’s Residential Hazardous Waste Drop-off Site.
The HHW Depot is located:
345 Gulf Crescent
Sydport Industrial Park
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am to 4pm
Saturdays: 8:30am to 3:30pm
HHW materials accepted at the HHW Depot includes:
Thinners, cleaners, pesticides & herbicides, small propane cylinders, kerosene, anti-freeze, solvents, oil, glycol and items containing mercury.
In an effort to follow all covid-19 guidelines in place by the province of Nova Scotia, we ask that you continue to practice proper social distancing. Masks are required when entering our building to register the materials you are dropping off for disposal.
Curbside Collection Disposal Reminder:
Residents are reminded tissues, masks, disinfecting wipes, disposable gloves and bathroom products (i.e. hygiene products, diapers) get disposed of in with your regular garbage. These items do not get disposed of in blue bags or in the green cart.
Waste Management Facility on SPAR Road: Now open to the general public
The Waste Management Facility located on Spar Road in Sydney has resumed regular operating hours Tuesday to Saturday from 8am to 4pm. In an effort to protect our solid waste staff and the public from the Covid-19 virus, we ask you continue to practice proper social distancing of 2 meters and not approach our staff while on site. Please expect delays as there will be a limited number of vehicles permitted on site at one time. To reduce lineups, we encourage those who can store materials until things return to normal, to continue to do this.
The number of garbage bags permitted curbside per week has returned to a five bag limit. However, during the Covid-19 Pandemic, residents can place two dark bags in the five bag limit.
Curbside Collection Reminder
During the Covid-19 pandemic, CBRM Waste Collectors and Contractors continue to collect our garbage, blue bags and empty green carts on your area’s scheduled collection day. In an effort to protect the health and safety of our waste collectors, we remind you not to approach our collectors as they carry out their jobs. If you have questions you are encouraged to contact the Waste Management Hotline.
Curbside Collection Schedule for Tuesday, November 24, 2020 to Saturday, November 28, 2020
The Blue Bag Collection Schedule for Tuesday, November 24, 2020 to Saturday, November 28, 2020 follows the dark week schedule.
To determine which color represents your blue bag collection week during your area's collection day, you are encouraged to:
• Contact the Hotline (902) 567-1337
• Visit http://www.cbrm.ns.ca/garbage.html
Medical Exemption Program: Garbage Collection
The Solid Waste Department offers a medical exemption to households who may need to use more than one dark garbage bag per week for the disposal of materials related to a medical circumstance. The use of additional dark bags is for materials related to the medical condition only. Any additional garbage un-related to the household’s medical circumstance should be disposed of in clear garbage bags.
To learn more information on acquiring a medical exemption for your household, please contact the Waste Management Hotline at (902)567-1337. Please remember, to be eligible for a medical exemption, your household must be participating in CBRM’s Blue Bag and Green Cart Collection Programs.
Clear Garbage Bag: Reminder Card
If you notice a BRIGHT BLUE CARD hanging off the handle of your green cart or placed inside your door or mail box following collection, it means the collector is reminding you ONLY 1 Dark Garbage Bag can be used during curbside collection.
CBRM waste collectors will leave a Bright Blue Clear Bag Reminder Card at civic addresses across CBRM that have placed more than ONE DARK Garbage Bag curbside on their area’s collection day. Although each civic address is permitted to place a maximum of 5 garbage bags each week. Only ONE of those 5 bags must be dark! The remaining garbage bags your household may use, MUST BE CLEAR.
Following the receipt of a Reminder Card, any additional dark bags used by that address, going forward, will be tagged and left behind. If your adress receives a BLUE reminder card, you are encouraged to contact the Waste Management Hotline if you have questions or require assistance with disposal in CBRM.
The BLUE CARD issued to addresses still using more than ONE Dark garbage bag will contain the following information:
IMPORTANT RESIDENTIAL COLLECTION NOTICE
Your address has received this notice because more than ONE DARK garbage bag has been used for garbage collection today.
The collector has removed your waste today however; CLEAR garbage bags must be used when placing MORE THAN ONE garbage bag curbside for collection. Going forward, any additional dark bags placed curbside will be tagged and left uncollected.
Your address is permitted to place a maximum of 5 garbage bags curbside each week. Only ONE of those 5 bags can be dark! The remaining garbage bags used, MUST BE CLEAR.
Curbside Collection Reminder:
If curbside collection is cancelled, or roads are unable to be serviced by collection vehicles on your collection day:
• EXTRA garbage bags and green cart material will be collected on your area's next scheduled garbage and green cart collection day.
• Blue bags will be collected on your area's next regularly scheduled blue bag collection week.
Curbside Collection Updates
If Storm Watches are In Effect?
The CBRM Solid Waste Department reminds residents the decision to cancel curbside collection is not normally made until the morning of a forecasted weather event. If you are concerned about placing materials curbside, when there is a storm forecasted on your collection day, you can choose not to place your materials out for collection.
- EXTRA garbage bags and green cart material will be collected on your area's next scheduled garbage and green cart collection day.
- If it is your area’s scheduled blue bag collection, your blue bags will be collected on your area's next regularly scheduled blue bag collection week.
Garbage or Blue Bags must not be placed inside green carts for collection. A green cart containing Garbage or Blue Bags will be tagged and left unemptied by the collector.
Sods, soil, sand or rocks must not be placed inside your green cart for collection. Green carts containing sods, soil sand or rocks will be tagged and left unemptied by the collector.
Blue Bags must be visible curbside on your area's collection day. Please do not cover blue bags with a blanket or have them placed inside a bin or container.
Residents who have questions are encouraged to contact the Waste Management Hotline at (902) 567-1337. Educators are available to respond to inquiries from 8:30am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday.
Seasonal Leaf and Yard Waste Drop-off Sites:
The seasonal leaf and yard waste drop-off sites located in North Sydney, Glace Bay and New Waterford are open for the season. The three drop-off sites will remain open one day a week until the week of November 8, 2020. In an effort to protect our solid waste staff and the public from the Covid-19 virus, we ask that you continue to practice proper social distancing and not approach our staff while on site. We also remind residents to expect delays as there will be a limited number of vehicles permitted on site at the same time.
Seasonal Leaf and Yard Drop - Off Site
||Hours of Operation
||Drop-off Station on King Street
|1:00pm to 6:00pm
||Public Works Yard on West Avenue
|9:00am to 3:00pm
||Public Works Yard on Ling Street
|9:00am to 3:00pm
A Preventative Illegal Dumping Reminder
In an effort to reduce and prevent illegal dumping, CBRM Solid Waste is reminding residents that when using the services of another person to remove waste materials from your property, you should remember to always:
- Request and record the contact information of the person removing waste materials for you.
- Properly record the license plate number of the vehicle that is used to remove materials from your property.
- Record the date and time the waste materials were removed from your property.
- Ask for a copy of the scale slip to verify waste was taken to the waste management facility for disposal.
If there is a collection issue that could impact curbside collection, the Solid Waste Department may use the following resources to communicate the information:
The Waste Management Hotline: Waste Reduction Educators are informed about collection delays or issues that could affect curbside collection. A message will also be recorded in Option #2 of the hotline menu. When you contact the hotline press Option #2 to see if a collection update has been placed here.
CBRM's Facebook Page: Collection notices will be posted to CBRM's Facebook page. The Solid Waste Department encourages residents to like the municipal page to receive municipal postings.
CBRM's Twitter Account: Collection updates will also be tweeted using Twitter.
CBRM Website: Collection notices will be placed in the following sections: Collection Notices/Cancellations, Solid Waste News and Curbside Collection Information.
Residents are encouraged to phone the Waste Management Hotline to inform an educator about your missed collection.
How can residents learn more information about curbside collection?
Residents are encouraged to contact the Waste Management Hotline at (902) 567-1337 for curbside collection inquiries. Educators are available to respond to inquiries from 8:30am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday.