Solid Waste News

Solid Waste News

 

The CBRM Solid Waste Department will provide important Solid Waste Management Information in this section of the website and by using social media (Facebook & Twitter). Important Solid Waste updates will also be recorded in Option #2 of the Solid Waste Management Hotline. To access, phone the hotline at (902) 567-1337 and press #2. 

   

RESIDENTIAL CURBSIDE COLLECTION: Information  

 

 

Northside Public Drop-Off Site:  Open Saturday, August 3, 2024 

The Northside Public Drop-Off Site located off King Street in North Sydney is OPEN Saturday, Ausgust 3 from 8am to 2:45pm.

  

FREE Compost Giveaway Dates for the 2024 Season:  

A Free Compost Giveaway will take place the last Saturday of each month starting May 25, 2024 and Concluding on Saturday, October 26, 2024.  Each event starts 8am and concludes 3pm.  Rain or Shine.  The location of each Compost Giveaway is 149 Spar Road in Sydney.  

2024 Compost Giveaway Schedule

Saturday, July 27, 2024 8am to 3pm  Rain of Shine

Saturday, August 31, 2024 8am to 3pm Rain or Shine

Saturday, September 28, 2024  8am to 3pm Rain or Shine

Saturday, October 26, 2024 8am 3pm Rain or Shine

 

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Compost Giveaway Reminders:


• The compost giveaway begins at 8am and concludes at 3pm RAIN or SHINE.

• Bring your own shovel, gloves, bags, or containers.

• Compost must be covered with a tarp before leaving site. No persons will be permitted to leave site with exposed compost.

• Please do not apply compost directly to grass, plants, trees, or shrubs. For more information on how to use compost, contact the waste management hotline.

 

 

Reporting an Illegal Dumpsite

Illegal dumping is a crime in CBRM. Residents who witness illegal dumping or locates an illegal dumpsite is encouraged to report it to CBRM’s Waste Management Hotline at (902)567-1337. The Solid Waste Department has a full-time constable on staff who investigates all reported dumpsites. You can also report illegal dumping by using the solid waste mobile app. The form is available in the Need Help Section of the App. Check it out today by downloading the Solid Waste App from the Apple Store or the Google Play Store. 

Police Constable MacKinnon 2023 

 

FREE Safe Sharps Drop-Off at the Sydney Mines Fire Department: Monday, July 15, 2024 

CBRM Solid Waste is hosting a Free Used Safe Sharps Drop-Off at the Sydney Mines Fire Department on Elliot Street, Sydney Mines.  The Free Used Safe Sharps Drop-Off takes place on Monday, July 15 from 10am to 2pm. Rain or Shine

Please remember, used needles, lancets and other sharps DO NOT get disposed of in the garbage, blue bags or green cart for disposal.  If you do not have a way to dispose of needles, please give the hotline a call at 902-567-1337.

Be safe with your Used Sharps and Dispose of them properly!

Another safe sharps event in the Fall 2024 events

This event will occur RAIN OR SHINE

 

Beverage Containers:  Lids can be left on

 

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Curbside Collection Reminder: Are you Using Clear Garbage Bags?

Residents are reminded a maximum of five garbage bags can be placed out for curbside collection each week. Please remember, only one garbage bag you use should be dark. Any additional garbage bags you place out for collection each week must be CLEAR.

For more information on Garbage collection requirements visit: https://www.cbrm.ns.ca/garbage-collection.html

 

Reporting a Damaged Green Cart

It is important to regularly inspect your green cart for damage. If you notice holes, openings, cracks, missing vents or wheels, cracked lifts or lid damage, please contact the Solid Waste Department to report the damage. Phoneline educators will record your information and add your civic address to the department’s Green Cart Assessment List. To contact the hotline, phone (902) 567-1337.  Educators are available to respond to inquiries 8:30am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

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Curbside Collection: Weather Reminder

If a weather forecast is predicting unfavorable conditions and it is your collection day, you can choose to hold onto your materials until your area’s next regularly scheduled collection day. 

 

  • EXTRA garbage bags and green cart material will be collected on your area’s next regularly scheduled collection day.
  • Blue bags will be collected on your area's next regularly scheduled blue bag collection week.

 

If you decide to place your materials curbside during inclement weather, it is your responsibility to make sure the material remains secure at the curb.   At the end of your collection day, if your material is not collected, please remove it from the curb. It is your responsibility to remove any uncollected materials at the end of your collection day.

 

Important Green Cart Reminder During Windstorms

Please make sure your green cart is secure during wind events. 

  

2024 Northside Public Drop-Off Site Schedule

The Northside Public Drop-off Site located off King Street in North Sydney is open the first Saturday of each month from 8am to 2:45pm.  The Northside Public Drop-Off site will be open the following Saturdays in 2024:

 

Saturday, August 3, 2024

Saturday, September 7, 2024

Saturday, October 5, 2024

Saturday, November 2, 2024

Saturday, December 7, 2024

 

Mobile App Promotion


Do you always forget your blue bag schedule? There is an App for that. CBRM Solid Waste has a free solid waste app you can download for free by visiting the Apple Store or the Google Play Store. Our App will make it even easier for you to remember your collection day and your blue bag collection week. Download the app and sign up for weekly collection reminders. Never forget your blue bag schedule again.

Check it out today to sign up for weekly collection notifications, updates and/or to view your area’s collection schedule. No computer or mobile phone? No problem, call the solid waste department and an educator will help you sign up for weekly landline notifications.

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Waste Wizard Promotion Tool

 

Litter Stands Out

Let's do our part to keep our community free from litter.

Litter Stands out on Road Ways littler campaign.jpg 2023

For more information visit https://divertns.ca/litter

Litter Cleanups


Are you interested in picking up litter around your neighborhood? If so, contact the Solid Waste Hotline at (902) 567-1337. The solid waste department will provide bags and gloves to individuals and groups  interested in dping a litter cleanup. If we all work together, we can make a difference.  Let's keep CBRM Clean and Beautiful.  For more information on making litter a thing of the past, contact the hotline today!  

Litter 2022

 

 

CURBSIDE COLLECTION NOTICES: 

 

Curbside Collection: Inclement Weather Reminder

Is your curbside collection day scheduled to happen during unfavorable weather or road conditions? If so, you can choose to hold onto your materials until your area’s next regularly scheduled collection day.

  • EXTRA garbage bags and green cart material will be collected on your area’s next regularly scheduled collection day.
  • Blue bags will be collected on your area's next regularly scheduled blue bag collection week.

If you decide to place your materials curbside during inclement weather, it is your responsibility to make sure the material remains secure during heavy winds, if the materials become buried during snow fall, during plowing of your road or street, or placed in an area that may affect vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

At the end of the collection day, if your material is not collected, please remove from the curb. It is your responsibility to remove any uncollected materials at the end the day.

 Collection Picture for winter weather

  

Nova Scotia Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban:

Single use plastic bags are banned in Nova Scotia.  As of  October 30, 2020, businesses are not permitted to place a customers purchases in single-use plastic bags at checkouts. Please remember to bring your own reusable bag.

For more information on the single use plastic bag ban please visit: www.novascotia.ca/single-use-plastic-bag-ban/

Plastic Bag Ban Image

 

Residential Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Site

Residential Hazardous waste is not accepted during heavy garbage collection or collected curbside during your weekly regular collection. If you have hazardous waste items to get rid of, you can take them free-of-charge to CBRM’s Residential Hazardous Waste Drop-off Site.

The HHW Depot is located:
345 Gulf Crescent
Sydport Industrial Park
Edwardsville

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am to 4pm
Saturdays: 8:30am to 3:30pm

HHW materials accepted at the HHW Depot includes:
Thinners, cleaners, pesticides & herbicides, small propane cylinders, kerosene, anti-freeze, solvents, oil, glycol and items containing mercury.

Important Reminder:
In an effort to follow all covid-19 guidelines in place by the province of Nova Scotia, we ask that you continue to practice proper social distancing. Masks are required when entering our building to register the materials you are dropping off for disposal.

HHW material for website

 

Curbside Collection Disposal Reminder:

Residents are reminded tissues, masks, disinfecting wipes, disposable gloves and bathroom products (i.e. hygiene products, diapers) get disposed of in with your regular garbage. These items do not get disposed of in blue bags or in the green cart.

 

Curbside Collection: Clear Garbage Bags

Residents can place a maximum of five clear garbage bags curbside per week for collection. A resident can choose to replace one clear garbage bag with one optional dark garbage bag per week. 

 

Medical Exemption Program: Garbage Collection

The Solid Waste Department offers a medical exemption to households who may need to use more than one dark garbage bag per week for the disposal of materials related to a medical circumstance. The use of additional dark bags is for materials related to the medical condition only. Any additional garbage un-related to the household’s medical circumstance should be disposed of in clear garbage bags.


To learn more information on acquiring a medical exemption for your household, please contact the Waste Management Hotline at (902)567-1337. Please remember, to be eligible for a medical exemption, your household must be participating in CBRM’s Blue Bag and Green Cart Collection Programs.     

          

Curbside Collection Reminder:

If curbside collection is cancelled, or roads are unable to be serviced by collection vehicles on your collection day:

EXTRA garbage bags and green cart material will be collected on your area's next scheduled garbage and green cart collection day.

• Blue bags will be collected on your area's next regularly scheduled blue bag collection week.

 

Curbside Collection Updates

 

If Storm Watches are In Effect?

The CBRM Solid Waste Department reminds residents the decision to cancel curbside collection is not normally made until the morning of a forecasted weather event. If you are concerned about placing materials curbside, when there is a storm forecasted on your collection day, you can choose not to place your materials out for collection.

  • EXTRA garbage bags and green cart material will be collected on your area's next scheduled garbage and green cart collection day.
  • If it is your area’s scheduled blue bag collection, your blue bags will be collected on your area's next regularly scheduled blue bag collection week.

 

Collection Reminders

Garbage or Blue Bags must not be placed inside green carts for collection.  A green cart containing Garbage or Blue Bags will be tagged and left unemptied by the collector.

Sods, soil, sand or rocks must not be placed inside your green cart for collection.  Green carts containing sods, soil sand or rocks will be tagged and left unemptied by the collector.

Residents can place a maximum of 5 clear garbage bags curbside on their area's collection day.  Please remember, one optional dark bag can be used to replace one of your clear garbage bags.

 

2024 Seasonal Leaf and Yard Waste Drop-off Sites: Opened for the Season the Week of May 12

The weekly seasonal leaf and yard drop-off sites open one day a week between mid-May and mid-November in North Sydney, Glace Bay and New Waterford opened for the season the Week of May 12.  For more information on the schedule for the leaf and yard drop-off sites visit https://www.cbrm.ns.ca/leaf-and-yard-drop-off-sites-seasonal-schedule.html  To find out what's accepted for disposal at the season leaf and yard drop-off sites visit https://www.cbrm.ns.ca/leaf-and-yard-waste.html

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Seasonal Leaf and Yard Drop - Off Site

Open Mid May to Mid November

OPENED for the 2024 season the Week of May 12

Community Site Location  2024 Opening Date Hours of Operation
North Sydney Drop-off Station on Ferris Street off King Street Thursday, May 16  
1:00pm to 6:00pm
 
Glace Bay Public Works Yard on West Avenue

Saturday, May 18 

 
9:00am to 3:00pm
 
New Waterford Public Works Yard on Ling Street

Saturday, May 18  

 
9:00am to 3:00pm
 

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A Preventative Illegal Dumping Reminder

In an effort to reduce and prevent illegal dumping, CBRM Solid Waste encourages residents when using the services of another person to remove waste materials from your property, you should always:

  • Request and record the contact information of the person removing waste materials for you. (Phone number, civic address, etc.)
  • Properly record the license plate number of the vehicle that is used to remove materials from your property.
  • Record the date and time the waste materials were removed from your property.
  • Ask for a copy of the scale slip to verify waste was taken to the waste management facility for disposal.  

 

Collection Questions?

If there is a collection issue that could impact curbside collection, the Solid Waste Department may use the following resources to communicate the information:

Curbside Collection App:  Collection Notices and Updates will be added to the Solid Waste Department's Mobile App.  Visit https://www.cbrm.ns.ca/solidwaste or download the new Solid Waste App from the Apple Store or the Goggle Play Store.

 

The Waste Management Hotline: Waste Reduction Educators are informed about collection delays or issues that could affect curbside collection. A message will also be recorded in Option #2 of the hotline menu. When you contact the hotline press Option #2 to see if a collection update has been placed here.

 

CBRM's Facebook Page:  Collection notices will be posted to CBRM's Facebook page. The Solid Waste Department encourages residents to like the municipal page to receive municipal postings.

 

CBRM's Twitter Account: Collection updates will also be tweeted using Twitter.

 

CBRM Website: Collection notices will be placed in the following sections: Collection Notices/Cancellations, Solid Waste News and Curbside Collection Information.

 

Solid Waste App:  residents can down download the solid waste app from the Apple Store or Google Play Store.  Check it out today and sign up for weekly collection notifications, updates and/or to view your area's collection schedule. Have a question about sorting, you can also visit CBRM's Waste Wizard now available for your sorting questions.  

 

Missed Collection 

Residents are encouraged to phone the Waste Management Hotline to inform an educator about your missed collection.

How can residents learn more information about curbside collection?

Residents are encouraged to contact the Waste Management Hotline at (902) 567-1337 for curbside collection inquiries. Educators are available to respond to inquiries from 8:30am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday.