Recycling in Colchester
Materials Recovery Facility is in full operation as of July 20th 2020.
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Residents must separate recyclables into two transparent blue bags. Bag #1 is for paper products while Bag #2 is for household containers and clean plastic bags.
Bag 1 - Paper & Textiles Products
- newspapers, magazines
- advertising flyers
- periodicals, game books
- catalogs, telephone books
- pocket novels
- clean paper egg cartons
- paper towel cores
- boxboard (ie cereal boxes)
- letter, office, school paper
- corrugated cardboard
- Textiles (DRY clothing, bedding, footwear, etc.)
Bag 2 - Recyclable Containers
- plastic pop bottles
- aluminum cans
- aluminum pie plates
- juice boxes
- glass bottles and jars
- all liquor containers
- plastic containers (#1 - 7)
- milk cartons
- plastic grocery bags
- bread bags
- tin cans
Helpful Recycling Hints
- Paper products must be clean and dry.
- It is okay to leave your papers stapled.
- Corrugated cardboard can be set beside recycling bags if broken down into 3ft x 2ft x 1ft bundles and tied.
- All beverage containers must be rinsed and caps off.
- All milk cartons are placed in Bag #2 because milk or water residue may contaminate the paper bag. All milk cartons are recyclable, you do not need to remove any plastic, simply remove the caps and rinse.
- Labels may be left on or removed.
- Containers must be rinsed with the caps off
- Plastic caps are garbage
In 1996 Nova Scotia developed a Deposit/Refund System. Every time you purchase a ready-to-serve beverage container, you pay a ten cent deposit. When returned to an Enviro-Depot, you can collect your five cent refund.
This program applies to all beverage containers excluding: milk, milk products, soya milk, concentrates.
Colchester County has four Enviro-Depots. All accept the above mentioned items as well as used car batteries. John Ross & Sons and Subway Bottle Exchange both accept scrap metal.
John Ross & Sons
7 Cummane Street
Subway Bottle Exchange
25 Pictou Road
Bible Hill, NS
20711 Highway 2