2019 Residential Heavy Garbage Collection Schedule

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CBRM Solid Waste Department's municipal wide Residential Heavy Garbage Collection is MONDAY, April 29, 2019.  Residents living at properties eligible for curbside collection must have their large, heavy or bulky household items placed at the curb no later than 6am on Monday, April 29.


Residents are asked to review the Residential Heavy Garbage Collection requirements outlined below.



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Large, heavy or bulky household items will be collected curbside during heavy garbage collection.


Bulky/large items:

Sofas, chairs, upholstered furniture, mattresses, box springs, carpeting, flooring, vinyl windows or doors will be collected.

  • Panes of glass from windows should be removed when possible. Collectors are not responsible for cleaning up or removing broken glass and debris from your curb.
  • Carpeting should be rolled and tied with string or rope. Please make sure the rolled carpet is safe to handle with no protruding nails, staples or other sharp objects.
  • Floor tiles should be tied in bundles or placed in a box for easy removal.


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Wood items:

Wooden dressers, drawers, furniture, chairs, tables or doors will be collected.

  • Wooden items must be disassembled.
  • Wooden legs on tables should be removed.
  • Dresser drawers should be removed, emptied and placed next to dresser.  Please do not place items inside drawers. 

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Appliances and Metal Items:

Large appliances including refrigerators, stoves, deep freezers, dishwashers, microwave ovens or humidifiers and other metal items such as  empty oil tanks, empty hot water tanks, steel bath tubs, sinks and metal household radiators will be collected.

  • A maximum of 5 large appliances will be collected curbside from each civic address. 
  • Appliances containing Freon will be collected separately.
  • It is recommended the doors on a refrigerator and/or a deep freezer be removed and placed next to the refrigerator and/or deep freezer curbside.
  • EMPTY oil tanks 1140 L (250 gallons) or less in size and empty hot water tanks will be collected.  Please make sure no liquid or residue remains inside these tanks.


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Residents who have disposal questions about items not listed for Heavy Garbage Collection are encouraged to contact the Waste Management Hotline at (902) 567-1337.







The items listed below WILL NOT BE COLLECTED during Heavy Garbage.  Items not accepted, during this collection, will be left for the resident to remove from the curb.



Electronics including desk top computers, portable computers, monitors, computer peripherals, desk top printers, televisions, personal/portable audio & video play back and recording systems, vehicle audio/video systems, home theatre in-a-box (HTB) systems, home audio/video systems and non-cellular telephones and cellular devices
All household special waste material (unused paint, gas, oil & other petroleum products, etc.)
Propane tanks and propane cylinders
Construction and demolition material
Fluorescent lights and other mercury containing products
Asphalt roofing shingles
Concrete, mortar and bricks
Vehicle parts
Vehicle tires
Leaf and yard waste including large trees, stumps, branches, bushes and shrubs
Dark, tinted or colored garbage bags 







  • Heavy Garbage Collection begins Monday, April 29, 2019 for all areas of CBRM.
  • Residents must have their heavy garbage items placed out for this collection NO later than 6am on Monday, April 29
  • Heavy garbage items will only be removed from properties eligible to receive curbside collection.  Eligible properties are properties that receive municipal curbside collection by the Solid Waste Department each week for garbage, green cart and bi-weekly blue bag collection.
  • Please DO NOT keep important or valuable items such as hockey sticks, hockey nets, basketballs, basket ball nets, bicycles, scooters, skateboards, lawn mowers or waste containers not intended for this collection near your heavy garbage pile.  Items mistakenly taken, during this collection, is not the responsibility of the Solid Waste Department.
  • Please DO NOT block sidewalks with your heavy garbage items.
  • Collectors will only remove heavy garbage placed at the curb.  Items left on porch steps, close to the home or in back yards will not be removed. 
  • Streets and roads will only be visited ONCE. 
  • Appliances containing Freon will be collected separately from other large, heavy or bulky items.
  • It is recommended the doors on a refrigerator and/or a deep freezer be removed and placed next to the refrigerator and/or deep freezer curbside.
  • Regular household garbage, blue bag material and your green cart must be kept separated from heavy garbage items.
  • Small or light weight items, less than 12 kg (25 pounds), that can fit inside a regular sized clear garbage bag can be placed curbside during weekly collection year round.
  • Wood debris should be cut or broken down into 4 foot lenghts or less.
  • Used vehicle tires will not be collected.  Used tires must be returned to a tire retailer for disposal. You can return up to 4 used tires at one time to any tire retailer in Nova Scotia, at no cost.
  • Televisions, computers and other electronics included in the Electronics Recycling Program will not be collected.  Old or unwanted electronics can be taken free of charge to any EPRA Drop-Off Centre for disposal.  Please visit for a list of electronics included in the Electronics Recycling Program.
  • Collectors ARE NOT responsible for cleaning up small debris which may remain following heavy garbage collection.
  • Non-acceptable items, placed out during heavy garbage, will not be removed by collectors.  Residents ARE RESPONSIBLE for removing all items NOT ACCEPTED  during heavy garbage collection from the curb.

For more information on CBRM's Heavy Garbage Collection program, please phone the Hotline at (902) 567-1337. Educators are available to respond to inquiries from 8:30am to 4pm Monday to Friday.