Reduce * Reuse * Recycle

Pictou County Solid Waste Management System Overview

Overview of Pictou County Solid Waste Management Programs:

Source Separation Communication and Enforcement
Businesses, institutions and residents are required to sort all waste into three categories: Recyclables, Compostables and Garbage.   To be successful in our waste diversion programs, Pictou County Solid Waste works closely with the businesses and residents to educate about proper sorting and disposal. Our staff offers presentations to local schools, community groups and events. Information is also promoted through the  local media and an annual calendar. PCSW has a Municipal Solid Waste by-law in place and it is used to enforce compliance at all levels of waste disposal.
 
Collection
All residential waste resources are collected on a biweekly schedule. Collection includes: 1 solid colored bag, and up to 3 “clear” bags for garbage; unlimited “blue” bags for recyclables; and 1 green cart for organics.
   
Transfer Station, C & D Site  & Public Drop-Off  

When delivering waste to the Pictou County Solid Waste Management Facility in Mount William, all bagged garbage must be in clear bags.It is then transported to Guysborough's 2nd Generation Landfill by means of a tractor trailer equipped with a walking floor for dumping. The Transfer Station is open to the public. All vehicles are weighed. Any loads weighing less than 50 kg will be charged a $5 tipping fee.

   

Why Waste Management Programs Are In Place: 

  • On December 31, 2005, all 1st generation landfills in Nova Scotia were closed by the Nova Scotia Department of Environment.
  • As a community, the more we can reduce, reuse, recycle and compost, the less we will have to transport away for disposal. By following these programs, we will be utilizing the most economical solution for our Region as a whole.
  • We were mandated under Provincial Waste-Resource Management Regulations to achieve or surpass 50% waste diversion from landfills by 2000.
  • Contractual agreements with Guysborough's 2nd generation landfill require us to exercise due diligence in the removal of provincially “banned” materials from the garbage. If contractual obligations are not met, we may be subject to penalties (i.e. paying higher disposal fees or having loads rejected outright).
  • To protect and conserve resources.