Reduce * Reuse * Recycle

Frequently Asked Questions

Garbage, Recycling & Composting Questions:

Q. Where do I put diapers and baby wipes?
A. Diapers and baby wipes go in the GARBAGE.  This applies to those which are labelled "compostable" as well. No human waste is permitted in the green cart.

Q. If I bring garbage to the Transfer Station in bags, what color bag should it be in?                                                                                                         A.   All bagged waste delivered to the Pictou County Solid Waste Management Facility must be in CLEAR bags including C& D waste.

Q. How do I dispose of my old microwave?
A. Microwaves are considered regular garbage.  If yours is a smaller, countertop model, it may be placed at the curb as one item.  The larger models must be brought to the Waste Management Facility at Mount William for disposal.

Q. Occasionally, I have noticed "plastic looking" bags, cups and cutlery on the market that are labelled "Compostable/Biodegradable".  Are these items acceptable in the green cart?
NO.  Pictou County has a cart-based organics program in which compost is produced very quickly.  For that reason, these types of items do not  have time to decompose in the process.

Q. Is it okay to leave my green cart at the curb after my collection day?
A. NO.
  According to the Pictou County Solid Waste Management Bylaw, all collection containers and green carts must be removed by the end of collection day.  This includes any uncollected material or litter produced.

Q. How do I dispose of my old refrigerator, freezer or air conditioner?
These items can be brought to the Waste Management Facility at Mount William for disposal.  You are no longer required to have the freon gas removed - it is removed on site.

Q. Is there a charge for taking my waste to the Waste Management Facility?
A. YES.  All vehicles are weighed at the scale upon entering the site and charged accordingly.

Q. Can I still use grocery bags to line my garbage cans?
A. YES.  However, you will need to dump the garbage out into a clear bag, then throw the dirty grocery bag in the clear bag.

Q. Is there still a four bag limit on residential garbage?
A. Yes, you can put out one solid colored bag and three clear bags.

Q. If I only have one bag of garbage now, can I still use a small, solid, colored bag, ie: grocery bag or a regular size black garbage bag?
A. Yes, you may continue to use your solid colored bags if you only put one bag out. If you have more than one garbage bag, you must use clear bags for the remaining items.   Blue Bags must be used for recycling.

Q. Do I have to use transparent blue bags for my recycling? (Bags # 1 & 2)
A.YES.  The haulers will be able to distinguish the materials set out by the color of the bags.

Q. Do I have to remove labels, and wash my material for the blue bag recycling program?
A. NO, You do not have to remove labels, however, all material must be clean and dry.   

Q. Do I put broken glass, dishes & ornaments in my blue bag or in the clear bag with my garbage?
A. Broken glass is not recyclable and could injure our collectors. Place it in a sealed container or box, marked broken glass, and place it beside your clear bag.