Residential waste can be separated into four separate waste streams:

• Recyclable containers
• Paper products
• Compostable material (green cart)
• Regular refuse for disposal

Recycling Guidelines:

• Labels do not have to be removed
• Please remove caps, straws, etc...
• Rinse out all containers
• Paper recyclables go in a  blue bag
• Cardboard must be clean and dry
• Cardboard should be flattened, bundled and tied no larger than 2ft by 3ft by 8in.

Download and print "Sort" sheets here:

Garbage  Organics  Paper  Plastics and Containers  Redeemables

CBRM's New Solid Waste By-Law

CBRM now has a new solid waste by-law. For many residents and commercial and institutional businesses, this could require a change to the way they currently dispose of recyclables and waste materials. Click the button below to view a PDF of the CBRM Solid Waste Resource Management By-Law.

CBRM'S Waste Separation Guide

CBRM Residence now has:

• A mandatory blue bag program for households and apartment units.
• Blue Bags must be curbside and visible before 8:00 a.m. on collection day.
• Collection from a multi-unit dwelling changed. A max of 30 garbage bags will be collected bi-weekly from each complex at curbside.
• Plastic grocery bags should not be used for curbside collection.
• A maximum of 5 garbage bags per household can be placed out on collection day.
• There is no limit to the amount of blue bags placed at curbside during blue bag collection day.
• Boxes and bins used for garbage collection must be maintained and kept in good condition. Bins should be rodent and animal proof.

Failure to comply with these new regulations may result in your garbage and recyclables being left at the curb. Garbage bags may be randomly checked for recyclables. Garbage bags containing recyclables may be tagged with a rejection sticker and left to be properly sorted by the homeowner. Remember it's important to Recycle Right!

To find out when your garbage or recyclables are collected, click here.

How to dispose of…


ACAP Cape Breton's Electronic Exchange Program (EEP) accepts most working electronics which are then refurbished and redistributed to the general public during our yearly electronics raffle. For more information click HERE.

Plastics 1 to 7 are recycled, and placed in Blue Bag #1. Plastic containers must be rinsed clean. However, any plastic containers that contain liquids that are toxic to the environment should not be rinsed to be recycled, and should be thrown out.

Glossy paper (i.e. catalogues, magazines, flyers)
Glossy paper is recycled and placed in Blue Bag #2.

Old paint/paint cans
Empty paint can be placed in the garbage whereas leftover paint can be taken to your nearest Enviro Depot or the HSW Depot located at 345 Gulf Crescent in Sydport.

Aerosol spray cans
Aerosol cans (and any other product with an explosive warning symbol) is considered Household Special Waste (HSW). HSW products should be brought to the CBRM HSW depot located at 345 Gulf Cresent in Sydport. Industrial, Commercial and Institutional waste is NOT accepted. Residential waste only!

Industrial, Commercial and Institutional waste is NOT accepted. Residential waste only, please.

Although Styrofoam is recyclable, CBRM does not have the facilities to recycle Styrofoam. It is not feasible to transport it to the nearest Styrofoam recycling facility because of its very low density.

Broken glass
Broken glass is thrown out in the garbage. It has to be contained properly so any of the glass will not be exposed, preventing bodily injury. This can be done by placing in a box and taping shut, or even placed in a javex bottle. Please be sure to label that the material is broken glass.

Waste oil/hazardous wastes
Any hazardous waste fluids can be brought back to the point of sale to be recycled, free of charge.

Light bulbs
These are thrown out in the garbage, but make sure they're not placed on the outside of the bag to prevent breakage. Florescent tubes can be brought to the RHSW depot located at 345 Gulf Crescent Sydport Industrial Park. Please report to the office upon arrival. Contact number 564-8104

You can return up to 4 tires to your nearest automotive center for disposal, free of charge.

Wrapping paper
This is thrown in the garbage because the material it is made with is not recyclable.

Appliances are taken to the municipal incinerator.

Fridges, stoves and other white metal
These are taken to the CBRM Waste Management Facility. See bottom of page for contact and location information.

Imporatant: any white metal appliances such as fridges that are left sitting until being brought to the CBRM Waste Management Facility should have their doors taken off to prevent people getting trapped inside.

Wrapping paper
This is thrown in the garbage.

Cardboard boxes
These are ripped up and placed in Blue Bag #2. Note that these pieces MUST be clean and free of stains.

Household batteries are brought to Green Island Recycling Facility. Rechargeable batteries are brought to participating retailers. Car batteries are brought to their point of sale or a scrap dealer.

Household Appliances
Used/old household appliances (stoves, fridges, washing machines, freezers, etc) are considered heavy garbage. You can dispose of these items at the CBRM Soild Waste Management Facility on SPAR Rd or wait until heavy garbage collection held throughout CBRM in Spring.

For more information on CBRM SOLID WASTE please visit

For a list of Enviro-Depots in Cape Breton please visit

*Note - Not all locations provide refunds.

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