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Waste Processing Facility Hours


Otter Lake Waste Processing & Disposal Facility

Located at Exit 3 off Highway 103

Hours of Operation:




(drop-off area only)

7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • No Commercial Waste is permitted on Sunday (RESIDENTIAL ONLY).
  • CLOSED -Natal Day (Monday, August 3)
  • OPEN - Saturday, August 1 (7am - 7pm)


  • Material weighing up to 100 kg (220 lbs) is charged $5.00.
  • Material weighing 100 kg or more is charged $125 per tonne
    • $12.50 per 100 kg.
  • Rates are subject to change.
  • CASH only for public drop off. A $20 deposit may be required until your vehicle has been weighed out after dropping material off. Debit and credit card payment is not available.

Acceptance of waste materials at the Otter Lake Facility is subject to the disposal requirements of the Nova Scotia Department of Environment & Labour.

All loads arriving at the Otter Lake Facility are subject to inspection for unacceptable content and the acceptance standards of the Municipality.

The following materials have been deemed unacceptable for disposal at the Otter Lake Facility:

Waste materials incompatible with operation of the facility including, but not limited to:

  • Liquid Wastes or Sludges
  • Explosives or Flammables
  • Dangerous / Hazardous Goods
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Asbestos
  • Animal Carcasses
  • Biomedical or Infectious Wastes
  • International Wastes
  • Construction, Demolition & Renovation Debris
  • Wastes which produce a toxic leachate
  • Unapproved Special Wastes

Provincially Banned Materials:

  • Redeemed beverage containers
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Newsprint
  • Used tires
  • Automotive lead-acid batteries
  • Leaf and yard waste
  • Post-consumer paint products
  • Ethylene glycol (automotive antifreeze)
  • Steel/tin food containers
  • Glass food containers
  • #2 HDPE non-hazardous containers
  • Low density polyethylene bags and packaging
  • Compostable organic material
  • Designated electronic devices

Materials Recycling Facility

20 Horseshoe Lake Drive, Bayer's Lake Park, Halifax

Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 6:00pm

CLOSED Natal Day (Monday, August 3)
OPEN Saturday, August 1(7:30am to 6pm)

The Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) processes all blue bag and fibre (paper and cardboard) collected in HRM's residential curbside program and the small amount of material deposited in the onsite public drop off bins.

There is no fee for residents to drop material off in the bins. Please note the drop off bins are only available during operating hours.


Compost Facilities

Only Commercial Haulers on account may deliver material to the compost facilites.

  • Hours of operation may change during holidays.

Miller Composting

  • 80 Gloria McClusky Avenue, Burnside
    Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:00am - 6:00pm

New Era Technologies

  • 61 Evergreen Place, Ragged Lake
    Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Residential Waste Hauler Customer Service

Inquiries regarding missed or late collection may be directed to the waste hauler in your area or to HRM at 311.

Collection Areas

Area 1
Former City of Halifax



Area 2
Former City of Dartmouth



Area 3
Bedford, Hammond Plains, Pockwock & area

GFL 902-468-5163

Area 4
Beechville/Lakeside/Timberlea, Prospect & west

GFL 902-468-5163

Area 5
Sackville, Fall River, Dutch Settlement & area

GFL 902-468-5163

Area 6
Cole Harbour/Westphal, Eastern Passage & area



Area 7
Porters Lake, Chezzetcook, Preston & area

Leo J. Beazley Ltd. 902-465-6053

Area 8
Elderbank, Musquodoboit & all Eastern Shore

Eastern Shore Cartage 902-885-2382