2023 Residential Heavy Garbage Collection Schedule


Heavy Garbage Collection Notice

CBRM's municipal wide Residential Heavy Garbage Collection starts on Monday, June 26, 2023.  Residents living at properties eligible for curbside collection must have their large, heavy, or bulky household items curbside no later than 6am on Monday, June 26.  Remember,  collectors do not have a set starting point and will have trucks removing materials in different acreqas across the municipality.


Material Accepted for Heavy Garbage Collection

Bulky, Heavy or large items:

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

  • Panes of glass from windows should be removed. Collectors are not responsible for cleaning up broken glass or loose debris.
  • Carpet should be rolled and tied with string or rope. Please make sure rolled carpet has no nails, staples or other sharp objects sticking out.  
  • Floor tile must be bundled and tied.  You can also place tile inside a container or a box. 


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 Heavy garbage collection chair 2019


Wood Items:

Wooden dressers, furniture, chairs, doors, desks, shelving and tables will be collected.

  • Wooden items must be disassembled.
  • Wooden legs on tables should be removed.
  • Drawers should be removed from dressers and placed in your heavy garbage pile. 
  • Long items should be cut down to 4 foot lengths or smaller.

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 tall dresser 2019


Appliances and Metal Items:

Large appliances including refrigerators, stoves, deep freezers, dishwashers, and humidifiers will be collected.  Other metal items including empty oil tanks, empty hot water tanks, steel bath tubs, sinks and metal household radiators will also be collected.

  • A maximum of 5 large appliances will be collected curbside from a civic address. 
  • Appliances containing Freon will be collected separately.
  • It is recommended the doors on a refridgerator and/or deep freezer be removed. The doors can be placed seperately in the heavy garbage pile.  
  • Empty oil tanks 1140 L (250 gallons) or less in size and empty hot water tanks will be collected. Make sure No liquid or residue remains inside these tanks.


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 White goods examples 2019


Material Not Accepted for Heavy Garbage Collection


Electronics including countertop microwave ovens, video gaming systems & peripheral, GPS Systems, E-book readers, desk top computers, portable computers, computer monitors, computer peripheral, 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, external storage drives & modems, non-cellular telephones and cellular devices.
All household hazardous waste. (unused paint & empty paint cans, used oil & empty oil containers, glycol & empty glycol containers, other petroleum products & gasoline).
Propane tanks and propane cylinders  Small 1 pound cylinders can be dropped off free-of-charge at CBRM's Residential Hazardous Waste Depot.  
Fluorescent lights & other mercury containing products
Asphalt roofing shingles
Vehicle parts
Vehicle tires
Large trees, stumps, branches & Leaf and yard debris

Please contact the hotline (902) 567-1337 for proper disposal options for materials listed above.  Unacceptable items will not be removed from the curb.  Residents will be required to remove uncollected materials and dispose of it properly.


Residential Heavy Garbage Collection- Important Reminders: 

  • All areas of CBRM must have heavy garbage materials out for curbside collection NO LATER than 6am on June 26.
  • Residents are responsible for keeping their heavy garbage piles neat while waiting for heavy garbage collection to occur in their neighborhood.
  • Residents are encouraged to wait until the weekend of June 23-25, to place heavy garbage materials out for this collection.
  • Make sure important, valueable items, such as hockey sticks, hockey nets, basket balls, basketball nets, bicycles, scooters, skateboards, lawn mowers or waste containers don't get stored near your heavy garbage pile.  Items mistakenly taken, during this collection, is not the responsibility of the Solid Waste Department.
  • DO NOT block or place heavy garbage on sidewalks.
  • Collectors will only remove heavy garbage placed at the curb.  Items left on porch steps, near homes, or visible in backyards will not be removed. 
  • Streets and roads will be visited ONCE. 
  • Keep your regular household garbage, blue bags and green cart in a separate pile from your heavy garbage.  
  • Material larger than 4 feet should be cut or broken down into 4-foot lengths or smaller.
  • No vehicle tires will not be collected.  A maximum of 4 vehcile tires are accepted for return to any tire retailer in Nova Scotia.  Tire rims must be removed from each tire before dropping off for recycling.  For more information visit https://divertns.ca/used-passenger-tires
  • Countertop microwave ovens, video gaming systems & Peripheral, GPS systems, E-book readers, 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  www.recycleMYelectronics.ca/ns for a list of electronics included in the Electronics Recycling Program.
  • Collectors ARE NOT responsible for cleaning up small debris or broken glass following heavy garbage collection.
  • Residents are responsible for removing all unacceptable heavy garbage items from the curb.