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Recycling in Colchester

Materials Recovery Facility is in full operation as of July 20th 2020.


Curbside Collection

recycling programColchester County has a bi-weekly curbside recycling program. Residents must place their recyclables curbside prior to 7:00 am on their collection day. For information on collection schedules and proper source separation, call the Colchester Waste Reduction Helpline at 902-895-4777 or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..





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Curbside Recycling

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
  • envelopes
  • 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
  • StyrofoamTM
  • 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
Truro, NS
(902) 893-9429

Subway Bottle Exchange
25 Pictou Road
Bible Hill, NS
(902) 893-8312

TNT Recycling
20711 Highway 2
Stewiacke, NS
(902) 758-2708

Tatamagouche Recycling
Main Street
Tatamagouche, NS

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