Covid-19 News

Municipality of Colchester Mayor Christine Blair's Address Regarding COVID-19

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.

Feed Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Food Box Program

Feed Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Food Box program is a short-term initiative to provide home delivery of food to Nova Scotians who need food support and can’t get to a food bank or other food support programs. If you know someone in this situation, please encourage them to call 211 on weekdays from 8am-8pm. Their phone navigators will help identify whether this program is a good fit.

Please note

  • At this point individuals must call 211 for intake, weekdays from 8am-8pm.
  • Each food box contains non-perishable items to help provide food support for up to seven days. A household with one person will receive two food boxes. A household with two or more people will receive four food boxes. No household will receive more than four food boxes in a single delivery. We have a limited capacity of food boxes. If someone needs food support and can’t get to a food bank or other food support programs, we encourage them to make use of this program while it’s available.
  • Food boxes will be delivered throughout the province by community partners, volunteers and courier, depending on the location. In all regions, the matching and delivery process is managed by Feed Nova Scotia. Delivery times will vary between 1-5 days.

Remember, food banks are still there

Most food banks and meal programs are still open with processes in place to safely serve their communities. If you know someone in need of food who does have the ability to access a food bank or meal program, please encourage them to consider this option. To find a food bank nearby, people should call 211 or visit Feed Nova Scotia’s website and click on the Find Food button: Feed Nova Scotia

Municipal Parks to Re-Open May 4

Consistent with the Provincial announcement easing some restrictions during the State of Emergency, the Municipality of Colchester is in the process of re-opening its parks.  The anticipated opening date is Monday, May 4th.It is important to note that all playgrounds will remain closed until further notice.The Cobequid Trail remains open. When participating in any outdoor activity, take precautions to protect yourself and the people around you.

  • You must practice social distancing during all activities. That means staying 2 metres (6 feet) away from people you don’t live with.
  • Plan your activities only with the people you live with. Gatherings are limited to 5 people or fewer.
  • Stay home if you’re feeling sick.
  • Limit non-essential travel. You should use the parks and trails in your local area, if possible.
  • Keep your hands clean. If you have hand sanitizer, bring it with you.
  • Follow cough and sneeze etiquette. Consider wearing a non-medical mask.

2020 Spring Clean-up Replaced by Year-Round Alternative

No 2020 Spring Clean-Up Program for residents of Colchester County due to COVID-19

To assist each household with bulky waste disposal you will be able to place two large items curbside on your regularly scheduled garbage collection day for pick up.  This bulky waste collection is only for properties that are currently eligible for residential curbside collection. 

Two bulky item collection begins for Municipality of Colchester residents on May 4, 2020 and will continue until March 31, 2021.   The program will be reassessed throughout the year to evaluate if it will continue or if Spring Clean Ups will be reinstated for the Spring of 2021. Only residential properties that are three units or less, apartment building (four to six units) and nonprofit organizations that have applied for residential curbside collection are eligible. Please refer to your collection schedule to ensure that materials are placed out on the appropriate collection day. 

Items are to be placed within 10 feet of the road by 7:00am on your collection day.

The maximum weight of individual items cannot exceed 50lbs or one cubic meter in size, except for furniture and appliances.

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 InWhat's Out
Appliances (max. one of each type) Automotive parts/batteries
Bedsprings & mattresses Hazardous, explosive or toxic waste
Broken glass (safely packaged) Commercial or business waste
Furniture Liquid wastes
Hot water tanks/Oil tanks – emptied Construction debris of large volumes
Lawn furniture Tires
Toys (bikes) Propane tanks
Max. weight of bundled items-50lbs Small Loose Materials
Carpet 3ft. lengths (50 lbs max) Electronics (TV, Microwave, Computer, Printer, Stereo, VCR, DVD Player, etc)
Bundle of wood – (50 lbs max)  

Note

Electronic Drop off depots are closed at this time due to Covid 19.  Please continue to hold on to your electronic recyclables.  To find a depot when re-opened visit: Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA)  (Subway Bottle Exchange, Bible Hill; TNT Recycling, Shubenacadie, and Tatamagouche Recycling, Tatamagouche).

Blue Bag Recycling Resumes April 8, 2020

Blue bag residential curbside collection will resume on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Please have blue bags curbside by 7:00 am on your collection day.

Recyclables sorting at our Materials Recovery Facility remains suspended to comply with safe distancing requirements under the Nova Scotia State of Emergency declaration. These measures are being taken to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Material will be stored on site. The site remains closed to the general public.

Thank you for your continued cooperation in sorting your materials properly.

Reminder, due to the holiday weekend, there will be no collection on Friday, April 10 or Monday, April 13, 2020.

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) follow us on Facebook or Twitter.