Notifications & Service Updates

Date and Time of Update: 11:48 a.m., Oct. 3, 2019

On Sept. 18, 2019, the Province of Nova Scotia, under the authority of the Emergency Management Act, declared a localized state of emergency to ensure the safe removal of the crane at a building on South Park Street. This action allows the province to step in to oversee the crane's safe and timely removal.

The localized emergency area is defined as the city block within the boundaries of Cathedral Lane, and bordered by Brenton Street, Brenton Place and Spring Garden Road. The province has advised that a state of emergency remains in effect for 14 days unless the province terminates or extends it.

Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office website

For safety reasons, the municipality continues to restrict vehicular and pedestrian traffic around the collapsed construction crane on South Park Street. A road and sidewalk closure is in place on South Park Street from the south side of Spring Garden Road to the north side of Brenton Place. Part of Victoria Park is also off limits to the public. These closures will remain in place until officials deem the area safe.

As well, an evacuation order, executed by the Fire Chief, remains in effect for several addresses near the crane site. See list of affected addresses


Across the municipality, significant clean-up efforts have been underway since Sept. 8 with a focus on debris and tree removal. Crews continue to identify priority locations and, with support from contractors, are chipping and removing downed trees and replanting trees that can be saved.

Residents are advised to NOT clear downed trees in the municipal right-of-way. Residents are responsible for tree maintenance on their own properties.

Tree Waste Removal from Private Properties

Professional Service Providers

There are a number of professional service providers in the Halifax region that residents can hire to help with the removal of any tree debris remaining on their properties as a result of the hurricane. Residents are responsible for all costs charged by the service provider.

These qualified haulers can collect your tree waste and deliver it to either of the Halifax C&D Recycling facilities (see locations below). The municipality will cover the disposal fees at the Halifax C&D Recycling facilities.

Tree Works Professional Tree Services | 902.479.2121 |

Asplundh Tree Services | 902.468.8733 |

Construx Landscaping + Excavation Ltd | 902.222.2886 |

Adding Providers to the List

The municipality is also accepting requests from other professional service providers (collecting and hauling tree waste) that would like to be included on this list. If you are interested in offering your services to residents, please call 311, or email: and one of our customer service agents will help you. You will be asked to provide your company’s name, contact info (phone, email) and website address.

NOTE: The municipality does not endorse any of the service providers listed above and is not liable for any costs or damages related to any services provided by them.

The eight short-term debris drop-off locations will be closing on Sunday, Oct. 6. Each location will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Short-term municipal sites:

2 Lyle Street, Dartmouth

144 Thornhill Drive, Dartmouth

26 Thomas Raddall Drive, Halifax

50 Cheviot Hill, Porters Lake

Kinsac Ballfield (near 1703 Beaver Bank Road), Beaver Bank

Sheet Harbour Community Centre, 183 Pool Rd, Sheet Harbour

Lake Charlotte Boat Launch, 11475 Hwy 7, Lake Charlotte

Peace Park, 67 Park Rd, Musquodoboit Harbour

There is no charge for using this service. Residents will be responsible for delivering and unloading all materials at these sites at their own risk. Note: Bags, construction debris or other waste will not be accepted at these locations.
Halifax C&D locations have returned to regular hours. As of Saturday, Oct. 5 the municipality will no longer be covering fees at these locations. Hours of operations are as follows:

Goodwood Facility (16 Mills Drive)

7 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Monday to Friday

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Saturdays Closed on Sundays

Dartmouth Location (188 Ross Rd)

8am to 5pm – Monday to Friday

8am to 3pm – Saturdays Closed on Sundays

Solid Waste Collection It is the responsibility of residents to manage tree waste from their private property. The municipality has increased its limit from five to a maximum of 10 bundles of branches that can be tied in armload-sized bundles for curbside collection. Residents are limited to 10 bundles as the composting facilities are nearing capacity due to increased tree waste and food waste due to spoilage. This service is provided on regular green bin collection days every two weeks and is free of charge. The increase to a maximum of 10 bundles has been increased until further notice.

For residents whose green bins are at capacity, collection bins have been set up at Miller Compost at 80 Gloria McCluskey Avenue in Dartmouth and Ragged Lake Compost at 61 Evergreen Place in Halifax for disposal of de-packaged spoiled fridge or freezer food waste. These facilities are open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

No bundle of branches should exceed 75 lb (34 kg) and no individual piece be more than 4 feet long (1.2 m) or larger than 8 inches (0.2m) in diameter. This size limitation is due to what can fit in the collection vehicle and what can be processed by the equipment at the composting facilities. Residential tree waste larger than this – such as trunks, brush, branches and limbs – can be delivered to construction and demolition locations at Halifax C&D Recycling Ltd. (16 Mills Dr. in Goodwood, or 188 Ross Rd. in Westphal).
Due to federal regulations, the movement of ash materials, including logs, branches and wood chips, and all species of firewood from the municipality is restricted to reduce the spread of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). If you need to move these materials out of EAB regulated areas (the municipality), please contact your local CFIA office to request written authorization.

Residents are also asked to reduce the potential spread of EAB within the municipality by leaving debris curbside in armload-sized bundles, or by taking it to a C&D recycling facility. The movement of debris from one property to another should be avoided. This includes, but is not limited to, ash materials.

For more information on solid waste, see below.

Targeted Street Restrictions

Targeted street restrictions - ranging from street closures and parking bans to traffic control at select locations - will be enforced in peninsular Halifax beginning Thursday, Sept. 12. These restrictions are necessary to facilitate tree removal operations in the area.

See list of affected areas

Beginning Monday afternoon (Sept. 16), and continuing through every morning and afternoon peak period for the coming days, there will be no left turns permitted onto Cathedral Lane from Spring Garden Road or from University Avenue. Right turns onto Cathedral Lane from University Avenue will also be prohibited.

Peak periods are considered 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The municipality is also restricting parking and stopping at all times along the west side of Cathedral Lane from Spring Garden Road to University Avenue. Motorists are asked to check signage before parking or stopping in the area.

The accessible parking space currently in place along the west side of Cathedral Lane will be moved around the corner to Spring Garden Road.

These restrictions will be in place until further notice.

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