July 2, 2020

The Colchester Material Recovery Facility (MRF) has been unable to operate within the safe distancing requirements that have been in place since March 2020; the facility also faced the inability to source the necessary protective equipment (N95 masks) that has been required for our site since 2003 (not COVID-19 related).  To protect our employees, families and the public during the COVID-19 global pandemic measures have been taken and new equipment has been sourced to reopen the facility safely. 

On April 27, the Minister of Environment granted landfills temporary permission to dispose of recyclables during this unprecedent time with regular collection will however continue.

An extension to the variance to landfill material has been granted until July 20th, 2020.  This extension was necessary to allow for arrival of personal protective equipment to the facility. It is expected at this time personal protective equipment will be on site by July 20th and will allow workers to safely work near each other.  This personal protective equipment will provide a viable long-term solution for the facility to continue to operate during these unprecedented times even when there is a shortage of disposable N95 masks.

Your continued cooperation to properly sort your recyclable materials is important so when the variance concludes, we can resume operations quickly and efficiently.  Please remember your fellow neighbours and friends sort your recyclables and needles or sharps should NEVER go in any bags that you set at your curb.

Municipality of the Colchester wants to thank all residents for their hard work on providing high quality recyclable materials for over twenty-three years.  Nova Scotians and the Municipality of Colchester have been recognized as world leaders in waste resource management since 1996.

pdf Updated Balefill Variance Message July 2 2020 (437 KB)


The Colchester Balefill and Colchester Composting Facility are located at 188 Mingo Road, Kemptown (Exit 18 off Highway 104).

Hours of operations are Monday to Friday 8:00am to 2:00pm (to the general public) and Saturday CLOSED.

The Colchester Materials Recovery Facility is located at 185 Mingo Road, Kemptown (Exit 18 off HUpighway 104).

Hours of Operations are Monday to Friday CLOSED.

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