Education & Resources
Our goal: to provide effective and sustainable waste management in West Hants that promotes both an economically and environmentally viable community, now and for future generations.
WHRM aknowleges that we, our contracted collectors, and the facilities we use all have a very important role to play in effective, sustainable waste management. Here, we want to highlight that the success we strive for begins at an individual level, with each of our daily actions.
This section of our website is an educational tool to empower you - the individual - to make informed decisions that will help us foster a more sustainable future; one that involves less waste!
Composting 101: Using a Mini-Bin in Your Home
Unless you don't mind running out to the green bin every time you peel a banana, blow your nose, or make a cup of tea, you'll need to find a way to collect compostable items in your home until you're ready to take them out. We like to refer to these compost collection containers as "mini-bins."
Note: West Hants does not allow the disposal of any plastic compost bags in the green cart, as they present several issues for collectors, compost facility workers, and those who buy and use the end product. THIS INCLUDES bags labelled "biodegradable." We understand this may be an inconvenience to some residents, so we thank you for your understanding and cooperation. To give you a better composting experience, we've provided multiple alternatives to using plastic catchment bags, along with other tips and tricks for maintaining a clean, odourless mini-bin!
Refrigerant Appliance Disposal
This includes appliances that contain chemicals called CFCs (freeon), including but not limited to:
- air conditioners
- water coolers
These items fall under the 'Household Hazardous Waste' (HHW) category, and some extra steps may be required.
Sorting Holiday Waste in WHRM - Common Items
Whenever possible, remember to reuse or donate items in usable condition before tossing them!
2023 Waste Collection Schedule
Curbside pickup routes are divided into FOUR(4) Collection Areas: Area 1, Area 2, Area 3, and Windsor Area. Within these collection areas, in total, there are 10 separate collection routes operating in WHRM each week!
To view your personal collection schedule (including which day of the week your collection will occur): Enter your Address HERE
WHRM also provides an updated waste collection schedule in the mail each year, which includes a sorting guide and collection guidelines for each of the 4 Areas. Find PDFs of the 2023 edition below:
Christmas Tree Disposal in WHRM
Wondering what to do with your tree once the holidays come to a close? Look no further!
IMPORTANT NOTE: please ensure ALL ornaments, lights, tinsel and garland is removed before donating, upcycling or disposing of your tree.
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