NO BLACK BAGS – We only collect clear bags (no colour/no tint) with one small grocery bag sized privacy bag allowed inside each large clear bag placed for collection. All other bags inside must also be clear or the items placed loose inside the large bag.
RECYCLABLES – may go in a blue tinted see through bag OR clear bag.
CLEAN UP - we collect ONE large non-metal item in place of a bag each regular garbage day ALL YEAR LONG (examples: mattress, sofa, carpet). Metal collection is once a year in late spring.
LANDFILL HOURS – 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, Saturday 8am to 1pm October – April. The site is closed on Sundays, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
REDUCE Waste – While many are doing a good job of recycling, as a municipality we are creating more waste each year. Check the Reduce Your Waste website for hints and tips at Divert NS.
WINTER COMPOSTING – All households are required to backyard compost. See back page for info. Collect leaves in the fall to have a winter supply for your backyard composter. Always cover fresh kitchen scraps with a layer of dried leaves. The leaves will help the scraps break down and help to control any smell. Even though composting slows down in the winter, it is still working through the freeze and thaw cycles. Keep a container near your house for your fresh kitchen scraps when the snow is too deep to get to your composter. The frozen scraps will not smell and can be put in the composter when the weather allows.
BYLAWS – There are by-laws against refusing to sort waste, illegal dumping, littering and burning garbage.
Call for 902-798-0910 if you have collection problems (bags not collected, time of collection etc.) or after hours hotline and information inquiries at 902-798-6943. Our hauler is Waste Management of Canada.
West Hants recyclables continue to be exceptionally clean. The bags are free of garbage, organics and the paper products are sorted correctly. We are recycling more than ever before and are throwing away less garbage. Keep up the good work
When AREA 1 has garbage pickup, AREA 2 has recycle pickup and when AREA 1 has recycle pickup, AREA 2 has garbage pickup. Once you know which area you live in, follow that schedule so you will put out the right bags on the right week.
Waste and Recyclable Collection Calendars
Calendar Apr Sept' 17 Area 1
(164 KB) - Area 1 is the communities of: Mount Denson, Hants Border, Bishopville, Falmouth, Upper Falmouth, Leminster, Vaughan, Upper Vaughan, Wile Settlement, Mill Section, Windsor Forks, Martock, Garland's Crossing, Curry's Corner, Three Mile Plains, Newport Station (west of Hwy. 101), and Ste. Croix (west of Hwy. 101).
Calendar Apr Sept '17 Area 2
(163 KB) - Area 2 is the communities of Walton, Pembroke, Cambridge, Bramber, Cheverie, Kempt Shore, Summerville, Riverside, Cogmagun, Lower, Centre and Upper Burlington, Belmont, Avondale, Poplar Grove, Mantua, Wentworth Creek, Gypsum Mines, Sweets Corner, Newport Station (east of Hwy. 1 01 ), Ste. Croix (east of Hwy. 101), Union Corner, Scotch Village, Mosherville, Woodville, Brooklyn, Newport Corner, Ellershouse, Ardoise, McKay Section, Greenhill, and Hillsvale.
Holiday collections – Thanksgiving October 12 and Civic Holiday February 15 fall on Monday with waste and recyclables collection the Friday BEFORE. Remembrance Day November 11 falls on a Wednesday with collection the Friday AFTER.
Once a year collection of metal items larger than 1ft2 and 70 % metal are collected.
Items must be placed at the curb by 7:00 am on your regular collection day. There is no limit on the amount of acceptable metal items. These items can also be taken to the landfill year round.
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
Household Hazardous Waste will have these symbols on their containers and must be taken to our depot at the landfill site (#1569 Walton Woods Road, Cogmagun) for safe disposal. Empty oil containers, paint cans and aerosol spray cans go in the regular garbage. Empty pastic containers (example: bleach) go in your recyclables.
Monitoring at Closed Cogmagun Landfill
Monitoring is completed as per Nova Scotia Department of Environment approved closure plan.
Leachate, surface water, groundwater and landfill gas are monitored for the required parameters on a quarterly, semi-annual or annual basis.
Confirm your collection area by checking the community names on the top of your calendar.
The number of bags per household is limited to 6 bags of garbage and 10 bags of clear or blue bag recyclables per collection.
Bags must be out by 7 a.m. in order to ensure collection.
No Black Bags, we only collect clear bags (no colour/tint) for garbage. Recyclables may go in a blue tinted see-through bag or clear bag.
All bagged regular garbage must be in clear bags no larger than 26"x36". One small coloured bag (e.g. grocery or kitchen catcher-sized bag) per large dear bag is allowed for bathroom waste. If you use small white bags for waste, you must either empty the small white bag into the larger clear bag (throw the dirty empty white bag in too) or you may use small clear bags for waste.
One large non-metal item may be substituted for one bag each garbage week, all year long. Examples include mattresses, boxsprings, sofas, carpet and underlay (rolled, tied and shorter than 4 feet). Loose items must be bundled. Items must be bundled with rope, twine or tape. Metal collection is once a year in late spring, see information above.
All households are required to backyard compost. See below for more info.
Plant pots and transplant packs are recyclable at some garden centres but are regular garbage at the roadside.
REDUCE Waste – While many are doing a good job of recycling, as a municipality we are creating more waste each year. Check the Reduce Your Waste website for hints and tips at Reduce Your Waste.
In 1998, the province banned recyclables and food waste that is backyard compostable We are required to ensure that these items are not placed in the landfill, otherwise we could be fined. Fines will be passed on to the person(s) responsible and if it is municipal waste, fines would be paid with tax dollars. All households are required to backyard compost (BYC) some food wastes. See the recycling information for details.
Backyard composters may be purchased at hardware or home improvement stores. If you wish to build one, plans are available.
Backyard Composting Tips
NEVER put meat, fish, bones or other animal products in your backyard composter.
ALWAYS cover fresh kitchen scraps with dried leaves, brown grass clippings, peat moss or other carbon material. This will reduce the possibility of odours and help the waste breakdown quicker.
KEEP CONTENTS MOIST. The contents of your composter should be as damp as a well wrung out sponge. To keep it moist add a little water or leave the cover off your plastic composter when it rains.
Small pieces breakdown faster than large pieces. Larger items should be chopped before being composted.
Finished compost can be used on gardens, trees, shrubs, lawns etc. for a natural boost.
Large amounts of paper plates are regular garbage. Try using napkins or reusable plates instead.
Winter composting: Collect leaves in the fall to have a winter supply for your backyard composter. Always cover fresh kitchen scraps with a layer of dried leaves. The leaves will help the scraps break down and help to control any smell. Even though composting slows down in the winter, it is still working through the freeze and thaw cycles. Keep a container near your house for your fresh kitchen scraps when the snow is too deep to get to your composter. The frozen scraps will not smell and can be put in the composter when the weather allows.
West Hants Landfill
Open Monday to Frida: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. (5 p.m. May 1 - Sept 30)
Remember that there are bylaws against illegal dumping and burning garbage.