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.

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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 tanksLoose 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

2021 Dates of Operation

  • February 6th
  • March 6th
  • April 10th
  • May 1st - Cancelled
  • June 5th - Cancelled
  • July 10th
  • August 7th
  • September 11th
  • October 2nd
  • November 6th

Mobile Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

June 12th 2021 Mobile HHW Event has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 16th 2021.

Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm - Industrial Building/Parking Lot - Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Grounds, Ryland Ave in Bible Hill.


  • 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

CompostResidents can purchase bagged compost for $2.00 per bag. Bags are provided, remember to take your own shovel and wear appropriate footwear and gloves.


Looking for Compost? We Sell it All Year Long!

Compost is available for sale from our facility throughout the entire year! The cost is $35.00 per metric tonne.

There are licensed haulers who have access to our facility, and they will deliver your compost to you!

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 26, 2021 9:00 am to Noon
Rath Eastlink Community Centre September 18, 2021 9:00 am to Noon

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


Christmas Tree Collection

xmas tree

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

Residents in the Town of Truro ensure your tree is placed curbside before 7:00am on your collection day.

All trees must be visible (unburied) & free of lights, tinsel, ornaments, stands and must be debagged to ensure collection.

Zone 1 January 13, 2022
Zone 2 January 6, 2022
Zone 3 January 11, 2022
Zone 4 January 4, 2022
Zone 5 January 12, 2022
Zone 6 January 5, 2022
Zone 7 January 14, 2022
Zone 8 January 7, 2022
Town of Truro January 10-14, 2022
Town of Stewiacke January 7, 2022

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

Derelict Vehicle Program

vehicleThe Municipality coordinates an annual derelict vehicle removal program in partnership with Divert NS. Residents must submit an application to the Municipality to have their vehicles assessed for removal. This is a free service.

Applications are accepted until September and removal takes place in the Fall.

If you have any questions, please call the Colchester Waste Reduction Helpline at 902-895-4777.

To apply: Call 902-897-0450 (ext. 111) for your application. Mail applications to:

Municipality of Colchester
1 Church Street
Truro, NS
B2N 3Z5

You can also drop it off at the County Clerk's Office, located at 1 Church Street or fax it to 902-897-0453. The Waste Management Officer will contact you to make arrangements to assess your vehicle.

Waste generated from home construction, renovation, roofing, or demolition projects will be accepted at the Balefill Facility at the appropriate disposal or 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..