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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. 

Although the Municipal Government has a very important role to play, it's important to understand that effective, sustainable waste management begins at an individual levelThis section of our website is an educational tool to enable you - the individual - to make informed decisions that will help us create a more sustainable future; one that involves less waste! 

 

 

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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."

No plastic bags in green cart FINALNote: West Hants does not allow 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 ask 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!

Frozen Green Carts

Canadian winters present a challenge to residents using green carts across the Country. If the contents of your cart are freezing to the inside and getting stuck, garbage collectors may be unable to empty out the contents of your bin - but there are solutions! If this happens to you, try one of the following tips, please be patient and wait for your next collection day. 

1) Reduce Moisture

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2) Create a Barrier

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 3) Keep Contents Loose

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*See Recommended Materials

 

Recommended materials: 

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* When possible, please keep the use of clean, dry recyclable paper products (such as flyers, newspaper and boxboard) to a minimum. These are valuable materials for recycling that reduce pressures on virgin forestry resources around the globe. Opt to make use of other compostable, non-recyclable materials when they are available!

 

Do you have a Frozen Lid?

  • Keep the lid free of snow and ice 

  • If possible, keep your green cart in a shed, garage or in a sheltered area against an exterior wall to prevent ice and snow from building up on the lid

No access to a sheltered area for storage? 

  • Keep the cart in a sunny location 
  • Clear off the top of your bin when snow or ice is accumulating
  • Don't be scared to bang the lid to break the ice seal. The carts are flexible and can withstand and good thump if you're having this issue. 

 

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Thumbnail Composting 101 Using a Mini Bin 
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."

In this article we have provided residents with resources for a better composting experience. Learn how to choose the ideal mini-bin for your home, how to keep it clean and free of odour, and other handy tips & tricks! 

  Christmas Tree Drop-off Locations

Untitled design Drop your tree off at one of these locations before January 28th. If you miss the deadline, consider an alternative disposal method or bring it to the West Hants Landfill located in Cogmagun. 

Holiday Waste Sorting Guide | Common Items

View or download our comprehensive Christmas sorting guide here!

Gift Wrapping Alternatives

Learn how to create beautiful, personalized gift wrappings that save resources and reduce our waste footprint! 

Gift Wrapping Alternatives

Low Impact Gift Ideas

There are plenty of resources available online if you’re looking for zero waste and low impact alternatives to give your loved ones this year. We’ve pulled together a list of our favourites to share with you!

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