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. 





Used Sharps:  Free Public Drop-Off Events

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IMPORTANT SOLID WASTE UPDATE: Northside Public Drop-Off Site

Please be advised the Northside Public Drop-Off Site will be open on Saturday, November 6,  2021 from 8am to 2:45pm.


Nova Scotia Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban:

The province of Nova Scotia has banned the Single-Use-Plastic bag! As of  October 30, 2020, businesses are not permitted 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:

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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.

Important Reminder:
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.

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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.

Curbside Collection:

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.

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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.                

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.

Collection Reminders

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.


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 will close for the season the Week of November 14, 2021.

Seasonal Leaf and Yard Drop - Off Site

Seasonal Schedule

Community Site Location  Schedule Hours of Operation
North Sydney Drop-off Station on King Street Each Thursday    
1:00pm to 6:00pm
Glace Bay Public Works Yard on West Avenue Each Saturday    
9:00am to 3:00pm
New Waterford Public Works Yard on Ling Street Each Saturday    
9:00am to 3:00pm

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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.  

Collection Questions?

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.

Missed Collection 

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.