Leaf and Yard Waste

Leaf and Yard Waste

 

Since 1996, the Province of Nova Scotia's Solid Waste-Resource Management Regulations made under Section 102 of the Environment Act have banned the disposal of leaf and yard waste in landfill sites.  As a result, the Solid Waste Department does not collect leaf and yard waste curbside unless a small amount has been placed inside your green cart with other organic waste.  To assist residents with excess leaf and yard waste, the department operates three seasonal leaf and yard drop-off sites and one year round leaf and yard drop-off site.  Residents are also encouraged to try backyard composting, grass cycling and/or leaf cycling to help manage some of their leaf and yard waste. 

 

Leaf And Yard Waste Recycling Options

 

  • Residents can place some leaf and yard waste in their green cart along with other organic waste. Leaf and Yard waste that does not easily fit inside a green cart or effects the weight of the contents can be taken to one of the leaf and yard drop-off sites that operate in CBRM.

 

  • Residents can drop-off large amounts of leaf and yard waste to one of the three SEASONAL leaf and yard waste drop-off sites that operate one day a week in CBRM between mid-May and mid-November. The Solid Waste Department also operates a leaf and yard waste drop-off site located at the Waste Management Facility on SPAR Road.  This location accepts leaf and yard waste year round, 8:00 am to 4:00 pmTuesday to Saturday.

 

  • Residents can recycle their leaf and yard waste by backyard composting, grass cycling and/or leaf cycling.

 

The Solid Waste Department will accept leaf and yard waste the following ways:

 

  • Curbside only if the leaf and yard waste is placed inside a green cart along with other organic waste.

 

  • Brought to one of the four leaf and yard waste drop-off sites that operate in CBRM.

 

Using Your Green Cart for Leaf and Yard Waste Disposal

 

Leaf and yard waste ACCEPTED curbside in a green cart includes:

  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves from plants and trees
  • Plant and garden waste
  • Small branches and twigs less than 1 inch in diameter
  • Brush and Hedge clippings

 

Leaf and yard waste NOT ACCEPTED curbside in a green cart includes:

  • Tree branches and tree limbs larger than 1 inch in diameter
  • Tree stumps and logs
  • Sods, soil and sand
  • rocks and bricks
  • Treated wood
  • Leaves, grass clippings and other yard waste contained inside plastic or paper bags placed next to green cart.

 

Curbside collection reminders for leaf and yard waste placed inside a Green Cart:

 

  • Leaf and Yard waste that does not easily fit inside a green cart or effects the weight of the contents of cart can be taken to one of the leaf and yard drop-off sites that operate in CBRM.should be placed inside a green cart.

 

  • The lid of the green cart must be able to close properly once the leaf and yard waste has been added to the green cart.

 

  • Leaf and yard waste is not collected curbside unless it is placed inside a green cart.  Extra leaf and yard waste contained inside plastic or paper bags placed next to your green cart will not be collected.

 

  • Green carts containing sods will not be emptied. Sods should be brought to the leaf and yard waste drop-off site located at the Waste Management Facility located on SPAR Road in Sydney.

 

  • Tree limbs, branches, brush or hedge clippings must not extend over the top or sides of the green cart.

 

  • Tree limbs and branches placed inside your green cart must be no larger than 1 inch in diameter.

 

Using a Leaf and Yard Waste Drop-Off Site to Dispose of Leaf and Yard Waste

 

Leaf and yard waste drop-Off sites:

 

The Waste Management Facility located on SPAR Road in Sydney accepts leaf and yard waste year round for proper management and recycling. The department also operates three seasonal leaf and yard waste drop-off sites located in Glace Bay, New Waterford and North Sydney. The drop-off sites located in these three communities are open one day a week between mid-May and mid-November.

 

Leaf and yard waste ACCEPTED at the leaf and yard waste drop-off sites include:

  • Grass clippings and leaves
  • Plant and garden waste
  • Brush and hedge clippings
  • tree branches and tree limbs less than 1 inch in diameter*
  • Sods**

* Tree branches and tree limbs larger than 1 inch in diameter and tree stumps must be brought to the leaf and yard waste drop-off site located at the Waste Management Facility on SPAR Road.

**  Sods should only be brought to the leaf and yard waste drop-off site located at the Waste Management Facility.

 

Leaf and Yard Waste Drop-Off Site Locations

 

SYDNEY Leaf and Yard Waste Drop-Off Site

Depot Location:                         Waste Management Facility located on SPAR Road in Sydney

Days of Operation:                    TUESDAY to SATURDAY (YEAR ROUND)

Hours of Operation:                   8am to 4pm

 

SEASONAL Leaf and Yard Drop-Off Site locations (Mid-May to Mid-November)

 

NORTH SYDNEY Leaf and Yard Waste Drop-Off Site

Depot Location:                         Drop-off Station located on King Street in North Sydney

Days of Operation:                    THURSDAYS

Hours of Operation:                  1pm - 6pm

 

GLACE BAY Leaf and Yard Waste Drop-Off Site

Depot Location:                         Public Works Yard located on West Avenue in Glace Bay

Days of Operation:                   SATURDAYS

Hours of Operation:                  9am to 3pm

 

NEW WATERFORD Leaf and Yard Drop-Off Site

Depot Location:                         Public Works Yard located on Ling Street in New Waterford

Days of Operation:                    SATURDAYS

Hours of Operation:                   9am to 3pm

 

Leaf and yard waste drop-off site disposal reminders:

 

  • Leaf and yard waste should be properly tarped and secured before transporting it to one of the leaf and yard drop-off sites.

 

  • Large tree stumps should be taken to the leaf and yard waste drop-off site located at the Waste Management Facility on SPAR Road in Sydney.

 

  • Large tree branches should be taken to the leaf and yard waste drop-off site located at the Waste Management Facility on SPAR Road in Sydney.

 

  • Sods should be taken to the leaf and yard waste drop-off site located at the Waste Management Facility on SPAR Road in Sydney.

 

  • Excess Leaf and yard waste that does not fit inside a green cart, can be brought to one of the leaf and yard waste drop-off sites for proper handling and recycling.

 

  • Residents who place their leaf and yard waste in plastic bags, for transport to a drop-off site, will be required to empty the contents on site and take plastic bags with them.