Garbage Collection

Download the 2020 Solid Waste Collection pdf Schedule and Map (476 KB) .

Download the pdf Fall Leaf Collection flyer (44 KB) - collection underway now.

Monthly Garbage Calendar 11 Nov 2020

*NEW: Notice of Proposed New Town of Lunenburg Solid Waste Management Bylaw and Repeal of Council Procedure Bylaw

On September 22, 2020, the Lunenburg Town Council gave first reading of a new Solid Waste Management Bylaw #38 which repeals the old Bylaw and makes various changes in relation to solid waste management including, without limiting the foregoing: discontinues fall and spring special cleanup waste collection days; makes provision for pickup of bulky waste items (subject to restrictions) on a regular basis; amends terminology; clarifies obligations concerning green carts; requires leaf and yard waste to be placed in paper bags or compostainers only; and makes other miscellaneous changes.

The proposed Bylaw #38 changes may be inspected pdf here (1.56 MB) .

Council will consider and proposes to give second/final reading of these Bylaw changes at their public meeting on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.  

Public submissions regarding the Bylaw changes are welcome and may be made at the meeting by participating in the Zoom webinar (Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/94318731891) or by mail directed to the Town of Lunenburg Chief Administrative Officer, PO Box 129, Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information phone at 902-634-4410, ext. 228.

Solid Waste Collection

The Town's Solid Waste Management By-law #38 provides details of how waste is to be stored, sorted and disposed of in the Town of Lunenburg. Waste must be sorted into four streams and placed at or near the curb for collection on your collection day. Two streams (recyclables and paper) are collected one week and the other two streams (organics and other non-reusable waste) are collected the following week. Place recyclables in blue bags, paper in either grocery store or clear bags, organics in the compost cart and other non-reusable waste in clear bags. Waste that is not properly sorted will not be picked up by the Town's collection contractor. Please have your items out for collection by 6:00 a.m.

On August 25, 2020 Council passed a motion to adopt and implement a new pdf Waste Reduction Strategy (1.35 MB) (with the deferral of the proposed ban on single use, non-recyclable election signs for the 2020 Municipal Election).

A image Garbage Collection Schedule (225 KB) (calendar) is prepared yearly and mailed to Town of Lunenburg residents. If you did not receive a collection schedule, they can be picked up at the Town Hall, 119 Cumberland Street.

A Town map showing the days of the week when solid waste is collected and showing the collection routes can be viewed at the following link image Garbage Collection Routes (119 KB) .

Bulky Waste Program

As of April 28, 2020, the Town of Lunenburg implemented a year-round bi-weekly (every two weeks) bulky item collection program, and discontinued the spring/fall clean-up day special collections. This will allow you to dispose of bulky items more than just twice per year.  

The new bulky item collection program allows businesses and residents to place ONE bulky item alongside your garbage on regular garbage & compostainer collection weeks. These collections are shown in green on the 2020 collection calendar. 

A “bulky item” for example can be a chair, a sofa, a mattress, a washing machine, or a wooden pallet. IF you have no bulky item to dispose of, you are allowed ONE extra clear bag of garbage – i.e., one bulky item OR one additional clear bag per collection, not both. Please have your items out for collection by 6:00 a.m.

Please keep in mind that the items which were unacceptable for special collection are still unacceptable for bulky item collection. See the attached chart for a fuller list of what items are and are not acceptable. Thank you for your cooperation.

pdf Bulky Item Collection Chart (73 KB)

Clear Bag Program

All residents and businesses in the Town of Lunenburg are required to place garbage (non-recyclable waste) in clear bags for curbside collection. Clear bags are available at hardware stores, department stores and grocery stores. This is in accordance with the Solid Waste Management By-Law 2015.

On Green Weeks, each household and/or business will be permitted to place one opaque bag (black or dark green) curbside per collection day. It is preferred that you put this garbage in a reusable, waterproof, animal-proof garbage can (metal or plastic), which eliminates the use of opaque garbage bags. If you have to place additional garbage curbside, you are required to place it in clear plastic garbage bags so the entire contents can be seen by the garbage collector to ensure there are no recyclables or other non-garbage items.

You may only place a maximum of one opaque garbage container/bag and five (5) clear bags OR six (6) clear bags of garbage per scheduled collection day. Please have your items out for collection by 6:00 a.m. Thank you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Compostainers

Compost carts were supplied to all residents when the recycling program began in the Town of Lunenburg. Compost carts are assigned to the property where they were delivered and must stay on that property. If you recently purchased a property in the Town, please check to ensure the previous owner did not take the compost cart in error. Mini bins were also provided to store and transfer organics from the kitchen to the compost cart. Property owners that require a compost cart or mini bin should contact the Public Works Superintendent at 634-8992 (ext 245). Charges apply for replacement carts and mini bins.

Compost Site

The Town of Lunenburg operates a FREE municipal compost site on Starr Street. Town of Lunenburg residents only are welcome to dispose of leaves, limbs and garden waste at this site. The site is open from mid-April to mid-November on Friday from 8:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

Kaizer Meadow Environmental Management Centre

The Town of Lunenburg began disposing residential curbside waste at Kaizer Meadow Environmental Management Centre, 450 Kaizer Meadow Road along Highway 14 in Lunenburg County. Curbside waste properly put out for collection by residents including Household Waste, Blue Bag Recyclables, Paper and Compostable Material, Christmas Trees, Clean-Up Waste, Leaf and Yard Waste will be collected and transported by the Town’s collection contractor G.E.'s All Trucking to Kaizer Meadow.

Kaizer Meadow also operates a residential Household Hazardous Waste drop-off at their location in the Municipality of Chester, accessible to Town of Lunenburg residents. Please CALL before you visit at 902-275-2330.

R6RECYCLES App

R6RECYCLES app iconNeed a reminder as to when waste collection day is? Have questions about sorting? Need to know where you can take your household hazardous waste?

A custom web app for waste collection is now available for residents to download to their smartphone or tablet called R6RECYCLES.

R6RECYCLES has garbage and recycling schedules and reminders for Region 6 Solid Waste Management. Search items on proper placement or type in your address for your collection date, time and other particulars. View your garbage and recycling schedule and receive collection notifications all from within this app.

R6RECYCLES is available for FREE download on Android and Apple devices.

My ENVIRO-DEPOT™ App

My Enviro DepotMost people know that recycling Enviro-Depots accept refundable beverage containers. But did you know they also accept other recyclable materials too? With the My ENVIRO-DEPOT ™ app, you can instantly find the nearest ENVIRO-DEPOT™ from anywhere in Nova Scotia and determine what types of materials they accept.

The app features:

  • Nearby Enviro-Depots by address and map
  • Directions
  • Information including hours, photos, addresses, phone numbers, and materials accepted

Download for FREE on Android, Blackberry, or iOS.

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