Recycling in West Hants

Since 1998, recyclables have been banned from entering Nova Scotia landfills. Plastics and paper waste is now picked up every second week from households in West Hants, with a limit of 10 bags each collection.

Since 2012, recyclables collected in West Hants have been sent to Scotia Recycling Limited. They are a leading recycling company in Atlantic Canada that has been operating in the recycling industry since 1976. With the expansion of their sales department, it has allowed the company to become a recognized professional broker and exporter of quality secondary fiber and various plastic film grades. These items are brought to the Port of Halifax and exported all across the globe to be made into something new. 


Recycling Bag Limits

Windsor Residents Only: Four (4) bags 

Remainder of WHRM: Ten (10) bags 

  • Each bag can be swapped for a bundle of cardboard. 


Important Curbside Recycling Details:

  • Clear or Clear Blue bags only. Black bags and other opaque bags will be rejected.
  • Paper waste must be kept in a separate bag from all other recyclables (plastics, tin, glass, etc.)
  • Cardboard must be securely bundled or bagged. Loose cardboard will not be collected. 
  • Items over 70% Metal fall under a separate collection that occurs once a year in the late spring. See "Special Collections: Metal Waste" for details. 
  • Unsure if something is Recyclable? Check the Waste Wizard here.  


Understanding the Process - How the Market Determines What we Recycle

Recyclable materials are:

Collected > Processed at Sorting Facility > Sold > Transported > Re-manufactured

Technically speaking, most materials can be recycled with the right technology and enough investment, but it's important to understand that the current market will determine what recycling facilities can sell, and how much they can sell.

The market is always changing, and quantity demand is variable. As a result, the materials accepted at your local facility can change over time and may vary from other municipal collection programs depending on investment, sorting technology, and access to certain markets.

To optimize recycling, please pay attention to your updated sorting guides for WHRM.

  • Find our latest sorting guides and curbside guidelines here, or use our  Waste App: R6Recycles to search what goes where with ease! 


Why do we Recycle?

1 WhyWeRecycle Saving Energy & Resources

If it can't be grown, it has to be mined - But with more materials in circulation through recycling programs, less of our natural resources such as trees, minerals and water are required for extraction and processing. This in-turn reduces the overall consumption of energy.

2 WhyWeRecycle Preventing Pollution

Pollution occurs at every stage of an item's life, from extracting and processing raw materials, to landfilling or incineration when the item is no longer usable. When we recycle, we significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and spare natural ecosystems.

3 WhyWeRecycle Giving "Trash" New Life

Instead of taking up space in landfills, recycling allows that item to become something new and useful once again. When this cycle is maintained, think of the impact we can make!

4 WhyWeRecycle Reducing Landfills

When the need for landfills is reduced, we maintain usable, productive land. Let's preserve all the land we can - they aren't making it anymore! 

5 WhyWeRecycle Creating Jobs

New jobs will be created as the recycling industry grows




Photo: Scotia Recycling Ltd. Facility, 2018.


SORTING INFORMATION: Take the guesswork out of sorting your recyclables and find out what goes where with our new Waste App: R6Recycles