Municipality of the District of Guysborough

Waste Management News




Please be advised that the Guysborough Waste Management Facility will be closed on Good Friday, April 3rd, 2015. The facility will be open on Saturday, April 4th from 8:00 A.M to 12 noon and open on Monday, April 6th from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Waste normally collected on Friday will be collected on Saturday, April 4th and waste will be collected as usual within the Municipality of Guysborough on Monday, April 6th.


The Municipal Office will be closed on Good Friday as well as Easter Monday and reopen on Tuesday at 8:30 am


The Chedabucto & Fanning Fitness Center Hours are as follows

Friday April 3rd - Closed

Saturday April 4th - 9 am - 3 pm 
Sunday April 5th - Closed
Monday April 6th - Open Regular Hours


Happy Easter Everyone!




FEBRUARY 16, 2015


The Guysborough Waste Management Facility  wishes to advise residents and clients that the Waste Facility will be closed on Monday, February 16, Viola Desmond Day. Waste normally collected on Monday will be collected on Tuesday (as well as the regular Tuesday collection). The Guysborough Waste Management Facility  apologizes for any inconvenience these changes may cause.


All other Municipal Facilities including the Municipal Office and Fitness Centres will also observe the Holiday as well. 

Canadian Red Cross Drop Off Center


The Guysborough Waste Management Facility is very pleased to announce that they've teamed up with the Canadian Red Cross. A used clothing bin has been placed at the Public Drop off center, where residents are encouraged to place used clothing, footwear and purses in the bin rather than the waste.


  •  70 lbs/person of clothing is discarded each year.
  •  85% of this clothing still goes to landfills.
  • All clothes are resold overseas. This supports the livelihood of many by trading distribution, repairing, re-styling and washing.It also provides lower income people around the world with affordable clothing.


The next time you're thinking of throwing out that slightly used, warm winter jacket, before putting it in the garbage, please consider bringing it in and putting in the bin. Once clothing enters the bin, it can not be retrieved but if you prefer, you have the option to leave the clothing at the reuse center for local residents.

Our hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Saturday.


(4 Item/200 lb. Limit)


Bulk item pickup, at road side, is provided for residents of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough  on the last regular collection day of the month. This program is in addition to the semi-annual (Spring & Fall) Bulk Container Program and Household Hazardous Waste Program provided throughout our Municipality.

The monthly roadside bulk item pickup program is designed to provide roadside pickup of a limited number (and weight) of bulk items. Residents are asked to limit the number of bulk items placed at the roadside on one pickup day to 4 items (maximum 200 lbs). There are approximately 650 pickups on each collection route therefore, the co-operation of residents on this request is appreciated.


Organics Collection Program


The Municipality of the District of Guysborough will be implementing a Green Cart Organics Collection Program in the coming months. Each household will be receiving an 80L collection cart which will be delivered during the month of June and the program will be implemented in the month of July.


Click the following link for additional information. Information Bulletin -Organics Collection Program.pdf


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Ex"cell"ent News

The Guysborough Waste Management Facility has completed another phase (Cell #3 Construction) of the long term plan for development of our 2nd Generation landfill. The twenty (20) year plan for our landfill was designed by Dillon Consulting Ltd. (who specialize in waste management) and included a site plan for seven (7) waste disposal cells to be constructed during the 20 year period. Each new cell is designed for the specific elevations and location, and includes a double liner system that ensure full containment of any contaminated water (referred to as leachate) which comes in contact with the waste. Cell #1 and associated infrastructure was constructed in 2005 and commenced operating on January 1, 2006. Cell #2 was constructed in 2007 and put into use in 2008.

Cell #3 project was tendered in February, 2011 and awarded to J. & T. VanZutphen Construction in March for $3.8 million. Construction commenced in April and was completed in September, resulting in many local job opportunities for equipment operators, truck drivers, labor and service providers. This new Cell will provide waste disposal space for approximately three (3) years or about 200,000 tonnes of waste material.

Cell #3 , as well as Cell #1 & #2 were completed on schedule and within budget and in accordance with the Waste Facility 20 Year Business Plan and Environmental Operations Permit.


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Compost for Sale!

Residents are hereby advised that a limited quantity of mature, class A type finished compost, is available for pick-up by (small) truck or trailer loads. The fall is an ideal time to add compost to your flower or vegetable gardens, therefore, it is recommended that area residents who normally pick-up compost in the early spring, consider getting their compost this fall. For more information or before coming to the Waste Facility for compost please call 232-2316 or long distance 1-888-232-2316.


Virtual Tour of Guysborough Waste Management Facility

Site Signage
Welcome to the Guysborough Waste Management Facility (GWMF). The Guysborough Waste Management Facility is located on Route #16 between Boylston and Monastery, approximately 16 km from the Trans Canada Highway (exit 37), on a Municipal access road identified as "Waste Management Road".


The administration building adjoins the 83 ft weigh scale. This building consists of three (3) Municipal administration offices, two regional offices (education & compliance) and a  boardroom. The primary heat is provided by a solar panel heat system.

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Recycling Transfer Station
Adjacent to the administration building is a recycling transfer station. All recyclable materials  collected in Bag #1 (paper products) and Bag #2 (containers) (within the Municipality), are placed in 30 cubic yard containers and shipped to Colchester Recycling Facility. All electronics collected or dropped off at the waste facility are stacked on pallets and shipped for recycling.


Household Hazardous Waste Facility
This specially designed facility provides for the safe storage of all Household Hazardous Wastes (HHW) collected or dropped off at waste facility. An HHW collection program is conducted semiannually in 22 communities throughout the Municipality. A detailed list of HHW materials accepted at this facility and collected under the HHW program is included in the Municipal newsletter.


Public Drop-off Facility
Residents delivering small loads of waste are directed to the public drop-off facility which is located a few hundred meters from the administration building. This facility has separate bins for: solid waste, metals, wood, gyproc and asphalt shingles. This facility also has a small storage garage area identified as "Reuse Center" for reusable materials that can be picked up by the public.


Information Signage
Large signs provide the public with direction on the proper sorting of materials disposed at this facility.



Compost Facility
Organic waste collected under residential Municipal green cart collection programs or from grocery stores, restaurants, etc. Is processed at our compost facility. The processed material becomes Class A compost and is released for use as a soil additive in spring and fall.


Construction & Demolition Debris (C&D)
Construction waste materials are sorted and the wood material is chipped annually and marketed when possible or reused on site.


Scrap Metal
Scrap metal materials are sorted from other construction debris or solid waste and sold annually to a scrap metal recycled under a tender type process.


Clean Wood
Clean wood is stored separate from other construction debris and chipped annually for reuse as an additive in the compost facility.


2nd Generation Landfill
Bagged solid waste (garbage) collected at the curb under Municipal waste collection programs is delivered directly to our 2nd generation (lined) landfill cells for disposal in a controlled environment.

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2nd Generation Landfill Cell #3
Cell #3 is currently under construction. Each cell is designed with a double liner system which provides full containment of any water which comes in contact with waste materials.



Storage and Transportation
Water contaminated by waste is stored at the site in a 100,000 gallon storage tank and transported in a 7,000 gallon tanker for disposal at an approved facility.


Closed Cell
Waste disposal cells (on old site) which are no longer in use are capped and vented in accordance with engineering design.


Residents are invited to visit our Waste Facility in person or for more information on the Guysborough Waste Management Facility call 1-888-232-2316.