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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.


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


  • 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 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)
  • 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 heavy paper bags.


  • 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 - Paper Products

  • Unsoiled corrugated cardboard (flattened, bundled, and tied)
  • Newsprint, phone books, magazines, flyers, catalogues, office and computer paper
  • Paper egg cartons and box board(cereal, cracker, tissue boxes, etc.)
  • Tim Horton's Coffee Cups

Bag #2 - Beverage Containers, Glass, Metal & Plastics #1-7 (no sytrofoam)

  • Beverage containers (liquor containers, pop bottles, and tetra packs)
  • Milk containers
  • Metal and glass food containers (including aluminum foil and plates)
  • Rinse and remove covers from jars and bottles, and don't leave the lids on
  • Plastic bags (all sales receipts removed)
  • Detergent, shampoo, and cooking oil containers
  • Tim Horton's cup lids
  • 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
  • Pallet wrap
  • Cereal box liners

NOTE: All recyclables must be clean and dry

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)
  • Broken toys
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Fabric dryer sheets and dryer lint
  • 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,  incadescent 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
  • E-readers
  • Microwaves
  • GPS Units
  • Video game systems/controllers
  • External hard drives & modems

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 for drop-off locations.

pdf Waste Separation Guide (36 KB)

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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