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HouseHolders Guide


Householders Guide - Sorting & Curbside Limits (pdf)





Householders Guide - Sorting & Curbside Limits (pdf) - FRENCH

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Bag / Container Limits

Single unit/Semi-Detached/Rowhouse/Townhouse

  • Up to 6 bags or containers per household
    • NOTE: Effective August 1, 2015 use of clear bags for garbage will be mandatory. 1 dark bag will be permitted for privacy within the 6 bag limit.
  • 5 bundles of wood or home renovation material can be included in the 6 bag limit
    • i.e. 3 bags of garbage + 3 bundles of wood
    • not to exceed 1.2 metres or 4 ft in length
    • Maximum weight of bundled wood is 34 kg (75 lb)
  • 1 bulky item

Apartment buildings up to 6 units

  • Up to 4 bags or containers per unit
    • NOTE: Effective August 1, 2015 use of clear bags for garbage will be mandatory. 1 dark bag will be permitted for privacy within the 4 bag limit.
  • 2 bulky items total for the building
  • No wood or renovation material permitted

Bulky items include large appliances, fridge (CFC-free), old furniture, mattresses.  CFC removal service is FREE for households eligible for curbside collection.

Proper Containers/Weight Limits:

  • Plastic Bag (must be secure)
    • Length no less than .5 metres when full and no greater than 1 metre when empty
    • Weight, including contents, not more than 25 kg (55 lbs)
    • Watertight & securely fastened
    • Thickness adequate to carry the load
    • Must not be of a yellow, red or transparent blue colour
  • Metal or Plastic Container:
    • All bags may be placed in a can for security and privacy.
    • Equipped with handles in good repair and a tight fitting cover
    • Not more than 76 cm (30 inches) in height
      • Not less than 46 cm (18 inches) in height
    • Not more than 51 cm (1.7 ft.) in diameter
      • Not less than 38 cm (15 inches) in diameter
    • Weight, including contents, not to exceed 34 kg (75 lb.)

What Goes in the Garbage

Recyclable, Compostable and Hazardous material are not accepted in the garbage. Visit our What Goes Where tool to search items.

Unacceptable Materials

Safe Sharps Bring Back Program

Needles and lancets are not acceptable for disposal in the garbage. For more info, call RRFB Nova Scotia (1-877-313-7732) or your local pharmacy.

  • Pick up a free Safe Sharps container at your local pharmacy.           
  • Place your used syringes, needles and lancets into the Safe Sharps container.         
  • When the container is almost full, seal the lid and return to your local pharmacy.
  • Brochure for more detail.

Tires & Auto Parts

  • Tires are not accepted for curbside collection. Up to 4 passenger or small truck tires can be brought back to any tire retail center free of charge. For more information on tire recycling, visit
  • Auto parts are not accepted for curbside collection.


  • The following electronic devices are not accepted in the regular garbage stream.

    • Computers (including CPUs, laptops and notebooks)
    • Monitors, Printers
    • Televisions
    • Audio and video playback and recording systems:
      • personal/portable audio/video systems, radios, speakers, CD players, MP3 players, stereos
      • digital cameras, video cameras and camcorders
      • VCR's, DVD players
      • clock radios
      • car stereo systems
      • home theatre in a box
    • Telephones (corded and cordless)
    • Fax and answering machines
    • Computer Scanners
    • Cell Phones and other wireless devices

  • To locate the nearest drop off centre visit or call 1-877-462-8907.
  • There is NO FEE to drop these items off for recycling.

Soil, Sods, Gravel and Rocks

  • Contact construction & demolition facility or landscaping/grounds contractor.
  • Check online sites (i.e. Kijiji) for people looking for fill material.

Reuse Options

Some items that are no longer of use to you may be valuable to someone else. 

Excess Material

Excess Waste can be taken to the Otter Lake Waste Processing and Disposal Facility. Please note, recyclable material is not accepted at this facility, and tipping fees apply.

Excess quantities of home renovation materials can be disposed of by contacting a licensed Construction & Demolition Debris Recycling Center.