Waste Separation

Ever wonder what happens to the things you throw out? Nova Scotia’s Solid Waste Resource Management Strategy includes a disposal ban on items that can be diverted from the landfill and made into valuable resources – enriching our society and the environment.

Everyone, including all residents and businesses in our region, is required by law to sort their waste into proper streams. Every apartment building is required to have a recycling program – with bins for garbage, recyclables, organics (green cart), paper, and cardboard available for tenants to use. In turn, tenants are responsible for sorting waste in their units, and putting them in the proper collection bins.

In our area, you can access curbside collection for recyclables, organics, and garbage, provided through Waste Check. Here's a quick guide to separating your waste and keeping Nova Scotia beautiful.

Compost

You can recycle compostable food, yard waste, and some paper. Here's a full list:

Food

  • Vegetable and fruit trimmings/peelings
  • Raw, cooked or baked food leftovers
  • Coffee grounds, filters, tea bags
  • Solid dairy products, cheese, egg shells 
  • Meat, fat, bones, fish, shellfish/shells
  • Bread, rice, pasta
  • Table scraps
  • Cooking oil and fat

Paper

  • Paper towels
  • Paper plates and cups (no Styrofoam) 
  • Paper bags (flour, sugar, pet food, and potato)
  • Soiled pizza boxes and fast food wrappers
  • Wax paper
  • Waxed cardboard (no milk cartons)
  • Non-recyclable boxboard containers with plastic liners removed (detergent boxes, frozen food boxes) 
  • Damp, soiled newspaper and flyers

NOTE: Some pet food bags & fast food wrappers are lined with plastic/foil and are garbage

Yard Waste

  • Grass, leaves and brush 
  • House and garden plant waste
  • Branches (3' x 1") – tied in bundles and placed alongside your green cart
  • Excess leaf and yard waste can be placed alongside the green cart in clear plastic bags or heavy paper bags.

Other

  • Sawdust and wood shavings

Note: For organic cart repair, call Waste Check at (902) 742-1312. 

Recycling Program

Place all recyclables in a blue 2-bag system: paper/cardboard and metal/plastics.

Bag #1

  • Unsoiled corrugated cardboard (flattened, bundled, and tied)
  • Newsprint, phone books, magazines, flyers, catalogues, office and computer paper
  • Egg cartons and box board(cereal, cracker, tissue boxes, etc.)
  • Tim Horton's Coffee Cups (they're recyclable, so send them our way!)

Bag #2

  • Beverage containers (liquor containers, pop bottles, and tetra packs)
  • Milk containers (rinse well – otherwise they stink!)
  • Metal and glass food containers (including aluminum foil and plates)
  • Always rinse and remove covers from jars and bottles, and don't leave the lids on

We accept plastic types 1–7, which include:

  • Plastic bags (all sales receipts removed)
  • Detergent, shampoo, and cooking oil containers
  • Tim Horton's cup lids (they're recyclable too)
  • Crates, boxes, pailsm and lids
  • Frozen vegetable, breadm and milk bags
  • Ice cream, margarine, and yogurt tubs and ketchup bottles
  • Non-hazardous household cleaner containers
  • Motor oil, antifreeze, and windshield washer containers (drained, leave caps on)
  • Pallet wrap
  • Cereal box liners

Pharmaceutical Waste & Needles

Please do not place pharmaceutical waste in your green cart, blue bag, or with your regular garbage. Please check with your local Pharmacy for safe disposal.

Regular Garbage Program

The following items are placed in your garbage:

  • Ashes (must be cold
  • Bottle caps
  • Broken toys
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Empty dry paint cans (with covers removed)
  • Fabric dryer sheets and dryer lint
  • Non-rechargeable batteries
  • Non-reusable cloth items
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Pet litter and animal waste
  • Plasticized paper and cardboard
  • Soiled disposable diapers and Kleenex
  • Styrofoam, plastic dishes and cutlery, snack food bags
  • Thermal fax paper, carbon paper
  • Toothpaste tubes
  • Vacuum cleaner bags and floor sweepings
  • Wallpaper
  • Waxed candles
  • Window glass, mirrors, china drinking gasses, ceramics, light bulbs (please wrap items to avoid injury to the refuse collector)

Electronics Recycling Program

You can drop off the following electronics for recycling:

  • Televisions, computers, monitors, and printers (no broken glass)
  • Computer scanners
  • DVD & VCR players
  • Fax machines
  • Personal audio/video systems, including car audio systems
  • Telephones
  • Wireless devices

Here's where to drop off your electronics:

Paper Chase Bottle
Exchange Ltd.
10 Hardscratch Road, Yarmouth
Phone: (902) 742-9747

For cell phones, check out recyclemycell.ca for drop-off locations.

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

Contacts

Town of Yarmouth
400 Main Street
Yarmouth, B5A 1G2

  (902) 742-2521
  (902) 742-6244

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