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Important: These materials either pose a serious threat to collection and facility workers, or will cause detrimental effects on surrounding human and ecological populations if not disposed of properly. Do your part to make sure they end up where they belong

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Electronic Waste (E-Waste)

Effective as of February 1st, 2009, electronic waste cannot be buried in the landfill and is no longer collected at roadside. View the full list of items included here.  

Drop off unwanted electronics at: New Boundaries, 79 Centennial Drive (902-798-5160)

Or visit: for all e-waste drop off locations in Nova Scotia.


Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

These materials must be taken to the HHW collection facility at the West Hants Landfill, 1569 Walton Woods Road, Cogmagun. This includes any flammable, combustible, corrosive and toxic products. Fridges and freezers, which contain freeon (CFCs), are included in this category. 

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  • Completely empty aerosol cans can be accepted for garbage collection
  • Completely empty, non-corrosive cleaning fluid bottles are accepted for recycling collection

Important: Do NOT empty any of these fluids down the drain or outside. These chemicals cannot be treated by the wastewater treatment facility. 



This Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) can be taken to the West Hants landfill OR any Enviro-Depot in Nova Scotia for proper disposal:



Batteries are another Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) that leaches toxic contaminants into the surrounding environment and are commonly known to cause landfill fires. 

They can be dropped off at the West Hants Municipal Office at 76 Morison Drive in Windsor, as part of the Call2Recycle program.*
Or visit: to find additional drop-off locations.

*Any retailer, business or public agency can become a collection partner. It’s easy-to-manage, flexible and completely free!
Visit for more information.


Medical Waste

It’s extremely important to keep waste collection and sorting facility workers safe from medical waste of any kind – especially sharps! One prick from a needle will cost a worker up to a year of testing to confirm if any diseases were transmitted. Learn more at Don't Be a Prick campaign website. 

Please contact your local pharmacy for safe sharps containers and details for their pharmacy return program.

For pets – ask your veterinarian about their return program.



Return up to four regulated used tires (off rim and free of mud and debris) to any tire retailer in the province during their regular business hours - free of charge.
Includes: Car and truck tires, motorcycle tires, camper tires and trailer tires

Off-road tires (e.g. four-wheelers) or small tires such as bicycle and lawnmower tires can still be collected at roadside. Ensure the rim is removed and set it aside for metal collection week in the spring. Industrial sized tires should be brought to the landfill for disposal. 


Fluorescent Tube Light Bulbs:

These light bulbs contain high amounts of mercury, a toxic pollutant that threatens the health of humans, fish and other wildlife.

For proper disposal and recycling, drop your bulbs off at the West Hants Landfill HHW site, 1569 Walton Woods Road, Cogmagun, or find additional drop-off locations here:

Note: The small Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL) with the spiral bulbs are not yet banned from the landfill and can still be accepted for regular garbage collection, although we prefer they are brought to one of the designated drop-off locations for responsible disposal.