Bulky Item Collection

bulky itemsThis is a special collection of general household items that are too bulky for normal collection in a clear bag. You are permitted a maximum of two bulky items. They are to be placed within 10 feet of the road by 7:00am on your regularly scheduled garbage collection day. The maximum weight of individual items cannot exceed 50lbs or one cubic meter in size, except for furniture and appliances.

Only residential properties that are three units or less are eligible. In the Municipality of Colchester apartment buildings (four to six units) and non-profit organizations that have applied for residential curbside collection are eligible as well.

Call the Helpline at 902-895-4777 for further information or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What's in

  • Appliances (maximum one of each type)
  • Boxsprings & mattresses
  • Broken glass (safely packaged)
  • Furniture
  • Hot water tanks & Oil tanks (emptied)
  • Lawn furniture
  • Toys (bikes)
  • Max. weight of individual items is 50lbs.
  • Carpet 3ft. lengths (50 lbs max)
  • Bundle of wood (50 lbs max)

What's Out

  • Material in Solid Coloured or Blue Bags
  • Automotive parts/batteries
  • Hazardous, explosive or toxic waste
  • Commercial or business waste
  • Liquid wastes
  • Renovations or construction debris of large volumes
  • Tires
  • Propane tanks
  • Loose Materials
  • Electronics - TV's, Computers, Printers, Stereos, VCR's, DVD Players, Microwaves, GPS, Gaming consoles, etc.

NOTE: To find a depot close to you visit Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA): (Subway Bottle Exchange, Bible Hill; TNT Recycling, Shubenacadie, and Tatamagouche Recycling, Tatamagouche).


Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous WasteThere are many products in our homes that contain harmful chemicals. It is important to dispose of these types of products properly for the protection of the environment and our health. The drop off depot is a free service to residents of the Municipality of Colchester and the Towns of Truro and Stewiacke.

Depot Location

Clean Harbors, 640 MacElmon Road, Debert
Exit 13, Highway 104 - Look for the Signs!

Hours of Operation: 9am to 1pm

2023 Dates of Operation

  • February 4th - Cancelled
  • March 4th
  • April 1st
  • May 6th 
  • June 3rd
  • July 8th
  • August 12th
  • September 9th
  • October 14th
  • November 4th

Mobile Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Date: Saturday, June 10, 2023

Location: Rath Eastlink Community Centre, 625 Abenaki Rd, Truro

Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm



  • Household Cleaners
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Herbicides/Pesticides
  • Gasoline, Waste Oil, Antifreeze
  • Propane Tanks
  • Household & Car Batteries
  • Paints, Stains & Aerosols
  • Acids & Bases


  • Explosives
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Pathological Waste
  • PCB's
  • Waste from Industrial, Institutional or Commercial Sources
  • Waste from outside Colchester County

Compost Giveaway

CompostThere is NO FREE Compost Giveaway at this time. However compost is available for purchase while quantities last!

Compost is available for sale from our facility throughout the entire year! Residents can purchase bagged compost for $2.00 per bag. Bags are provided, remember to take your own shovel, and wear appropriate footwear and gloves. Compost is also available for bulk sale the cost is $35.00 per metric tonne.

Haulers Available for Compost Delivery

Kevin J Macdonald Kevin MacDonald This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 902-324-0803
CT Roofing and Construction  Corey Toole  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  902-324-0505

Paper Shredding

Community Paper Shredding EventRecycle your confidential documents securely and responsibly! This free service is open to residents & small businesses in Colchester, Truro, and Stewiacke. Ten file boxes or five large bags of paper per resident or small business. No plastic sleeves and binders.

Upcoming Community Paper Shredding Events

Rath Eastlink Community Centre June 24, 2023 9:00 am to 12 Noon
Rath Eastlink Community Centre September 16, 2023 9:00 am to 12 Noon

For more information about this event call the Colchester Solid Waste helpline at 902-895-4777

Christmas Tree Collection

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Colchester Residents

Holiday Tree collection BEGINS on January 11, 2024 and ENDS on January 19, 2024. To ensure your tree is collected, have trees out ON or BEFORE January 11, 2024. 

Towns of Truro & Stewiacke

Town of Truro - January 8 - 12, 2024

Town of Stewiacke - January 5, 2024

Ensure your tree is placed curbside before 7:00am.  

All trees must be visible (unburied), free of lights, decorations and stands. Trees must be debagged and NOT frozen to the ground to ensure collection. 

For more information on Christmas tree collection in your area call the Colchester Solid Waste helpline at 902-895-4777.

Waste generated from home construction, renovation, roofing, or demolition projects will be accepted at the Balefill Facility at the appropriate disposal for a tipping fee. Please include the cost of disposal in all your home renovation plans. For more information 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..