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Residential Garbage Collection

What Goes Where Guides

What Goes Where Guides


Bag / Container Limits:

Single unit/Semi-Detached/Rowhouse/Townhouse

  • Up to 6 bags or containers per household,
  • 5 bundles of wood or home renovation material can be included in the 6 bag limit
    • i.e. 3 bags of garbage + 3 bundles of wood
    • not to exceed 1.2 metres or 4 ft in length
    • Maximum weight of bundled wood is 34 kg (75 lb)
  • 1 bulky item


Apartment buildings up to 6 units

  • Up to 5 bags or containers per unit
  • 2 bulky items
  • No wood or renovation material permitted

Bulky items include large appliances, fridge (CFC-free), old furniture, mattresses.  CFC removal service is FREE for households eligible for curbside collection.

Proper Containers/Weight Limits:

  • Plastic Bag (must be secure)
    • Length no less than .5 metres when full and no greater than 1 metre when empty
    • Weight, including contents, not more than 25 kg (55 lbs)
    • Watertight & securely fastened
    • Thickness adequate to carry the load
    • Must not be of a yellow, red or transparent blue colour

  • Metal or Plastic Container:
    • Equipped with handles in good repair and a tight fitting cover
    • Not more than 76 cm (30 inches) in height
      • Not less than 46 cm (18 inches) in height
    • Not more than 51 cm (1.7 ft.) in diameter
      • Not less than 38 cm (15 inches) in diameter
    • Weight, including contents, not to exceed 34 kg (75 lb.)

Unacceptable Materials

Recyclable, Compostable and Hazardous material

Safe Sharps Bring Back Program



Needles and lancets are not acceptable for disposal in the garbage. For more info, call RRFB Nova Scotia (1-877-313-7732) or your local pharmacy.



  • Pick up a free Safe Sharps container at your local pharmacy.           
  • Place your used syringes, needles and lancets into the Safe Sharps container.         
  • When the container is almost full, seal the lid and return to your local pharmacy.
  • Brochure for more detail.


Tires & Auto Parts

  • Tires are not accepted for curbside collection. Up to 4 passenger or small truck tires can be brought back to any tire retail center free of charge. For more information on tire recycling, visit
  • Auto parts are not accepted for curbside collection.


  • The following electronic devices are not accepted in the regular garbage stream.

    • Computers (including CPUs, laptops and notebooks)
    • Monitors, Printers
    • Televisions
    • Audio and video playback and recording systems:
      • personal/portable audio/video systems, radios, speakers, CD players, MP3 players, stereos
      • digital cameras, video cameras and camcorders
      • VCR's, DVD players
      • clock radios
      • car stereo systems
      • home theatre in a box
    • Telephones (corded and cordless)
    • Fax and answering machines
    • Computer Scanners
    • Cell Phones and other wireless devices

  • To locate the nearest drop off centre visit or call 1-877-462-8907.
  • There is NO FEE to drop these items off for recycling.

Soil, Sods, Gravel and Rocks

  • Contact construction & demolition facility or landscaping/grounds contractor.
  • Check online sites (i.e. Kijiji) for people looking for fill material.

Reuse Options

  • Some items that are no longer of use to you may be valuable to someone else.  Check our list of Other Recycling Programs for ideas. 
  • Check the Yellow Pages for a list of charities that accept items (in good usable condition) for re-use or re-sale or, visit our Naturally Green Community Page. (PDF, 367 KB)

Excess Material:


Excess Waste can be taken to the Otter Lake Waste Processing and Disposal Facility. Please note, recyclable material is not accepted at this facility, and certain fees apply.

Excess quantities of home renovation materials can be disposed of by contacting a licensed Construction & Demolition Debris Recycling Center.

What Goes in the Garbage

The following list are examples of what goes in the garbage.  Place for collection in a tied bag or secured container.

  • Aerosol cans, empty
  • Aluminum foil, soiled
  • Ashes (Must be cold. Please double bag.)
  • Broken glass; window panes (wrapped in cardboard or a sealed container; mark as 'Broken Glass')
  • Bulky items: furniture, stoves, fridges (after CFC removal)
  • Caps from bottles and jugs
  • Carbon paper
  • Ceramics
  • Cleaner containers, non-recyclable
  • Cloth items
  • Coffee cups (disposable)
  • Diapers (disposable)
  • Dishes
  • Floor sweepings
  • Frozen juice cans
  • Kitty Litter
  • Latex gloves
  • Light bulbs (CFL bulbs)
  • Motor oil containers
  • Packaging, non-recyclable
  • Paint cans, empty or dry
  • Plastic wrap, soiled
  • Potato chip bags
  • Styrofoam
  • Tissue
  • Toothpaste tubes
  • Toys, broken
  • Vacuum cleaner bags
  • Wallpaper