Garbage, Recycling & Composting

Living and working on the waves, we understand the importance of the environment for our shared future. Along with the province, Waste Check, and our community, we're doing our part to keep Nova Scotia green and beautiful for everyone. By wasting less and recycling more, Nova Scotia's waste management approach is literally turning trash into treasure – exploitable resources with massive environmental, economic and social benefits.

We believe our waste management approach can help position Nova Scotia among world leaders in environmental stewardship. So don't let Yarmouth go to waste! Here's what you can do.

In Yarmouth, waste is collected curbside. We use a 2 blue bag recycling system – one bag for paper products and one bag for containers (glass, plastic and metal).Cardboard can be bundled for collection. Food and other organic waste is collected in a green bin. Other household waste (garbage) is collected in clear transparent bags. There are special programs in place for pharmaceutical waste, household hazardous waste, and electronics. If you have any questions about any of our waste programs, please contact Waste Check at (902) 742-1312 or visit them at

Every apartment building in Yarmouth is required to follow the same waste management rules – with bins (or other appropriate storage) for garbage, recyclables, cardboard and green cart(s) for food waste and organics. In turn, tenants are responsible for sorting waste in their units, and putting the material in the proper place for collection.

Waste Separation

How to separate trash, recyclables, compostable organics, and waste wood, as well as where to take pharmaceutical waste (e.g. needles) and electronics.

Collection Schedule

See when solid household waste will be picked up in your area.


The benefits of saving organic waste, and how to get your green cart fixed or replaced.

Household Hazardous Waste

What to do with bleach, propane tanks, motor oil, and other hazardous materials that don't belong in the regular trash.

Waste Park Fees

Tipping fees at the Yarmouth County Solid Waste Park are charged to run and maintain the park. Learn more on our Town Fees page.

Check My Waste App

Looking for an easier way to manage your household waste? Download the free Waste Check My Waste smartphone app from your favourite App Store. Get answers to all your waste/recycling questions instantly, including:

  • A detailed pick-up schedule customized to your area with optional reminders to ensure you never lose track again
  • Easy “What Goes Where?” search gives proper recycling/disposal information (no more guessing!)
  • Keep important local contacts at your fingertips
  • Find information on your local waste handling facilities
  • Get details on special dates and events in advance

Town of Yarmouth

 This is an exciting time for the Town of Yarmouth. By working together, we can meet today’s challenges and build a better future.”

Pam Mood


Town of Yarmouth
400 Main Street
Yarmouth, B5A 1G2

  (902) 742-2521
  (902) 742-6244

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