News

Blue Bag Recycling Collection Cancelled for Next Two Weeks

There will be no collection of blue bag recyclables for the period of March 25th until Wednesday 8 April 2020.  Notification about resumption of service or additional suspension will be made by Public Notice within this two-week period.

Recyclables sorting at our Municipal facility has been suspended to comply with safe distancing requirements under the Nova Scotia State of Emergency declaration.

Compost, clear and black bag collection continues as scheduled.

For the latest information about Colchester’s Solid Waste services please visit our website at www.colchester.ca or call 902-895-4777 (Colchester Waste Helpline).  

All Municipal Parks are Closed During the Provincial State of Emergency

To comply with the Provincial State of Emergency declared at 11:30 AM today, Sunday the 22nd of March 2020, all Colchester parks and their parking lots are closed until further notice.

Municipal trails can only be utilized while complying with legally enforceable social distance measures. Parking lots used for accessing trails are closed and are not to be used.

Anyone entering Provincial or Municipal Parks or their parking lots during the State of Emergency is subject to a summary conviction and fines between $500 and $10,000 per incident.

Safely Store Sharps At Home During The Covid-19 Situation

Pharmacies are instructing patients to use heavy duty plastic containers to store used needles (‘sharps’) at home until further notice.  Containers like those used for laundry soap should be labelled Sharps and kept safely out of reach of children.

NO sharps or containers with sharps inside should ever be put in the garbage or recycling for collection.  Help us keep our workers safe!

Pharmacies will not be accepting used sharps because suppliers will not be shipping sharps pails during the COVID-19 situation.  Labelled sharps containers will be accepted by pharmacies at a future date that will be posted when known.

For more information on safe sharps disposal go to the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia (PANS) or contact the Colchester Waste Helpline at 902-895-4777.

Please continue to vist this site for updated information as it becomes available.

Municipal Building Closures & Service Changes

All Municipality of Colchester buildings are closed to the public until further notice to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

The closures include all Colchester Solid Waste Facilities.  Only licensed haulers and collection trucks will be accepted at the site until further notice.  Curbside collection will continue as regularly scheduled.  Call the Solid Waste Helpline for additional information: 902-895-4777.

All recreational programming is cancelled until further notice.

Municipal essential services will continue during building closures.  These include solid waste collection, sewer and water maintenance, snow removal, critical road repairs, building inspection, and bill processing.

The application deadline for the Low-Income Municipal Tax Assistance Program has been extended to May 29, 2020.

For the latest information about Municipal services please visit colchester.ca or call 902-897-3160

The Municipality is closely following advice from the Province of Nova Scotia as it is continually updated on Government of Nova Scotia - COVID-19.   Please visit this website for reliable health and safety information.

Cumberland-Colchester Connected Communities Initiative

Cumberland Colchester Connected Communities Vision: 

The Municipalities of Cumberland and Colchester’s shared vision, as articulated in a Cumberland-Colchester Memorandum of Understanding, is that our entire geographic area will be served by a state-of-the-art continuously upgraded communications network that includes capacity for reliable, affordable, highest-speeds internet access, as well as mobile telephone, community Wi-Fi, and internet-of-things uses such as ‘smart agriculture’, 5G and other future applications.

The Municipalities of Cumberland and Colchester consider high-quality, cost-effective internet services to each home in our communities to be an “essential service” – a service no less important than electricity or services like water or sewer. To reach our Connected Communities Vision, the Municipalities of Cumberland and Colchester identified our first step as increasing access to highspeed internet with the goal of reaching 100% of our households with actual highspeed internet.

To reach our first goal, the Municipalities of Cumberland and Colchester have partnered with an industry leader and leveraged other government funding for the Cumberland-Colchester Highspeed Internet Project. More details about this project can be found in the links below. We will continue to add information about this project as it becomes available.

Municipalities of Cumberland and Colchester Getting Major Rural Broadband Network

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 7 February 2020

The Municipalities of Cumberland and Colchester have taken a huge step toward their goal of being one of Canada’s most digitally connected rural places. They are teaming up with Xplornet Communications and Develop Nova Scotia on a high-speed internet project that will see $60 million invested in the region.

Xplornet will deploy nearly 700 kilometres of optic fibre to offer up to 100 Mbps fibre-to-home and fixed wireless services on their network, which will reach more than 21 700 currently underserved households and businesses. A further 2300 addresses will have access to improved satellite service that will reach up to 50 Mbps by the completion of the full network. The three-year project is aiming for 100% high-speed availability in Cumberland and Colchester.

Read more: Municipalities of Cumberland and Colchester Getting Major Rural Broadband Network