CBRM Residents Rejoice! Heavy Garbage Collection Is Back! (DETAILS)

Residents of Cape Breton Regional Municipality will be happy to know that the postponed Heavy Garbage Collection is rescheduled for June 21 beginning at 6AM.

Heavy Garbage Collection is a spring time event that CBRM holds which allows residents to dispose of household items that would not normally be picked up on garbage day.

It is also a time when treasure hunters hit the streets. As they say, another persons trash is another persons treasure.

There are some items that will not be collected, like electronics, hazardous waste, propane tanks, fluorescent lights, vehicle parts and tires and asphalt shingles. A complete list can be found here.

You can put out items such as:

Bulky/large items:

Sofas, chairs, upholstered furniture, mattresses, box springs, carpeting, flooring, vinyl windows or vinly doors will be collected.

  • Panes of glass from windows should be removed when possible. Collectors are not responsible for removing broken glass and debris from your curb.
  • Carpeting should be rolled and tied with string or rope. Please make sure the rolled carpet is safe to handle with no protruding nails, staples or other sharp objects.
  • Floor tiles should be tied in bundles for easy removal.

Wood items:

Wooden dressers, drawers, furniture, chairs, desks, tables, shelving or doors will be collected.

  • Wooden items must be disassembled.
  • Wooden legs on tables should be removed.
  • Dresser drawers should be removed, emptied and placed next to dresser.  Please do not place items inside drawers

Appliances and Metal Items:

Large appliances including refrigerators, stoves, deep freezers, dishwashers, humidifiers and other metal items such as emptyoil tanks, empty hot water tanks, steel bath tubs, sinks and metal household radiators will be collected.

  • maximum of 5 large appliances will be collected curbside from a civic address. 
  • Appliances containing Freon will be collected separately.
  • It is recommended doors on a refrigerator and/or a deep freezer be removed and placed next to the refrigerator and/or deep freezer.
  • Empty oil tanks 1140 L (250 gallons) or less in size and empty hot water tanks will be collected.  Please make sure no liquid or residue remains inside these tanks.

Residential Heavy Garbage Collection- Important Reminders: 

  • All areas of CBRM must have heavy garbage materials out for curbside collection NO LATER than 6am on the scheduled date.
  • Please do not place your materials to the curb for this collection until the weekend before the scheduled date.
  • Heavy garbage will only be removed from properties eligible to receive curbside collection.  Eligible properties are properties that receive municipal curbside collection by the Solid Waste Department each week for garbage, green cart and bi-weekly blue bag collection.
  • Please make sure important items, such as hockey sticks, hockey nets, basket balls, basketball nets, bicycles, scooters, skateboards, lawn mowers or waste containers not intended for this collection, near your heavy garbage pile.  Items mistakenly taken, during this collection, is not the responsibility of the Solid Waste Department.
  • Please DO NOT block sidewalks with your heavy garbage.
  • Collectors will only remove heavy garbage placed at the curb.  Items left on porch steps, close to the home or in back yards will not be removed. 
  • Streets and roads will only be visited ONCE. 
  • Please keep your regular household garbage, blue bags and green cart in a separate pile from your heavy garbage.  
  • Wood debris should be cut or broken down into 4 foot lenghts or less.
  • Used vehicle tires will not be collected.  Used tires must be returned to a tire retailer for disposal. You can return up to 4 used tires at one time to any tire retailer in Nova Scotia, at no cost.
  • Televisions, computers, microwave ovens, GPS systems, Gaming equiptment and other electronics included in the Electronics Recycling Program will not be collected.  Old or unwanted electronics can be taken free of charge to any EPRA Drop-Off Centre for disposal.  Please visit for a list of electronics included in the Electronics Recycling Program.
  • Collectors ARE NOT responsible for cleaning up small debris which may remain following heavy garbage collection.
  • Residents are responsible for removing uncollected heavy garbage materials from the curb following this collection.  

For more information on this seasons Heavy Garbage Collection, please phone the Hotline at (902) 567-1337.Educators are available to respond to inquiries from 8:30am to 4pm Monday to Friday. You can also visit the Municipality’s website for more info.

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