Municipality of the District of Guysborough

Waste Management News


September 27, 2016
Fall Bulk Container Schedule 


The Guysborough Waste Management Facility and the Public Works Department's Fall Bulk Container Program is underway once again all over the Municipality. This is a free service and a great chance to clean up clutter and waste on your property before the winter sets in.


See the dates, locations and times in the following link. 


Do your part to help keep MODG green & clean!


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Waste Collection Schedule-June 2016-November 2016


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The 15th Annual Nova Scotia Recycles contest was organized by RRFB Nova Scotia in partnership with Eastern Region Solid Waste Management and Pictou County Solid Waste. The awards celebration was held on April 23 at the Keating Millennium Centre in Antigonish. Ms. Jocelyn Dixon’s Grade Primary Class of Fanning Education Centre; Emily Hart, a grade 5 student at Chedabucto Education Centre and Mackenzie Cook, a grade 12 student at Guysborough Academy were recognized at the event.  

Students from Fanning Education Center were recognized for their participation in the grade Primary-1 colouring activity. Miley and Alexander received a blue box with promotional items for their class. Ms. Dixon received a cheque for $250 from RRFB Nova Scotia for the school to be used towards a ‘green’ initiative. 

Students in grades 4-6 were invited to submit designs that could be imprinted onto lunch bags.  The design was to include a composting, recycling, or waste reduction theme. Emily Hart, a Grade 5 student at Chedabucto Education Centre was recognized at the celebration for her design titled ‘Let’s be Soup-er HEROES!’ and received a backpack containing promotional prizes. Chedabucto Education Centre also received a cheque for $250 for Emily’s entry.  Mr. Glenn Austen received the cheque on behalf of the school to be used towards a ‘green’ initiative.
Grade 12 students were invited to submit a research essay following one of three themes. Mackenzie Cook from Guysborough Academy was awarded for her research essay titled, ‘Recycling the Three R’s: Engaging Junior High and Senior High Students in Waste Reduction and Diversion’. Mackenzie received a letter indicating that she won a $1,500 scholarship and a backpack filled with promotional items. The scholarships can be used at any post-secondary education institution. Mackenzie is pictured with Jeff MacCallum, CEO, RRFB Nova Scotia and Warden Vernon Pitts.
Many thanks to all who participated and congratulation to the students, teachers and your schools!! The 2015 contest will launch in the Fall.
Nicole Haverkort
Regional Coordinator/Educator
Eastern Region Solid Waste Management Committee
P.O. Box 111
Boylston. NS
B0H 1G0
Office: 902-232-2563
Cell: 902-870-2817
Fax: 902-533-4909


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.