Download the pdf 2022 Solid Waste Collection Schedule and Map (1.03 MB) or pick one up at Town Hall.
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 the 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 (1.35 MB) (with the deferral of the proposed ban on single-use, non-recyclable election signs for the 2020 Municipal Election).
A pdf Garbage Collection Schedule (786 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 pdf Garbage Collection Routes (88 KB) .
- pdf Town of Lunenburg Four Stream Solid Waste Collection Program Guide (139 KB)
- pdf DID YOU KNOW Paper coffee cups and waxy cold drink cups do not break down during the composting process (623 KB)
Need 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.
My ENVIRO-DEPOT™ App
Most 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
- Information including hours, photos, addresses, phone numbers, and materials accepted
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.
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.
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.
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. to 4:30 p.m.
Kaizer Meadow Environmental Management Centre
The Town of Lunenburg began disposing of 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 your visit at 902-275-2330.
Fall Leaf Collection Program
The Town of Lunenburg is offers the following leaf collection opportunities to assist residents with their fall leaf clean-up:
- A special leaf collection is scheduled for Friday, November 19th. Leaves must be placed in your green bin or paper bags only.
- Please do not rake leaves into gutters, ditches, or the street - clogged storm drains can flood, and wet leaves can cause slippery road conditions.
- Leaves and brush can be delivered to the Town’s Starr Street compost side on Fridays from 8:00am-4:30pm.
- Leaves can be put out for collection on scheduled “green week” compost collection days (green bin or paper bags).
- Public Works also does a one-time leaf collection on every Town street making one pass only, over approx. two weeks. This begins the week of November 8th in New Town and November 22nd in Old Town.
- Residents are also reminded that leaves can be mulched with a lawnmower mulching blade at the end of the mowing season. This saves you time and helps the environment by returning nutrients from the leaves directly into your yard!