Composting in West Hants:

As of June 1st, 1997 compostable organic material was banned from entering Nova Scotia landfills. Initially, residents of West Hants were responsible for composting their food waste in backyard composters, but beginning in April 2018, the curbside composting program was introduced. Residents can now place compostable material in a green cart to be collected at roadside every second week, where it will be collected and transported to Northridge Farms, a commercial producer and retailer of compost and compost tea.

Residents are able (and encouraged!) to continue using their backyard composters if they desire, while the green cart can still be used for the organic material that is unsuitable for backyard composters, such as bones, dairy or meat.

pdf Click here to download the full Green Cart Information Guide (1.33 MB)  Waste Section of Website 1

 

website images 1ACCEPTED:

  • All Food Scraps

– including bones, shells and spoiled or raw food
– ensure all packaging and stickers are removed

  • Cooking Oil and Fat

  • Non-recyclable Paper Products

– e.g. paper towels, napkins, tissues, wax paper, wrapping paper, sugar bags, flour bags, salt bags, coffee filters, etc.
– soiled recyclable paper products (e.g. greasy pizza boxes, newspaper used to line your mini-bin, etc.)

Note: For clean and dry recyclable paper, recycling should always be your first option, as it provides valuable material for new products and reduces pressure on virgin forestry resources. Thank-you! 

  • Coffee grounds, filters, tea bags

  • Yard Waste

– e.g. plants, leaves, weeds, brush, small branches 
– place loosely in green cart
– ensure cart lid can close

  • Natural Bamboo and Wood Products 

– e.g. wooden utensils, popsicle sticks, sawdust, wood chips, etc. 
– remove any non-compostable materials (e.g. bristles on bamboo toothbrush)
– small quantities only

  • Natural fibres

– e.g. scraps of natural twine (jute, sisal, hemp), 100% organic cotton, wool, etc. 
– this does NOT include any synthetic fabrics or fabric soiled with hazardous waste (e.g. gas, oil)

Note: Unless soiled with hazardous waste, all textiles can be taken to a drop-off site to be donated and recycled. Find your nearest donation site or store here.

  • Hair, fur, feathers

website imagesNOT ACCEPTED:

  • Plastic of any kind*

  • Glass or metal

  • Ashes

  • Disposable coffee cups

  • Milk cartons

  • Pet or animal waste, including cat litter

  • Diapers, wipes

  • Soil, sods, rocks, logs or tree trunks

*NO plastic of any kind will be accepted for green cart collection. 
This includes "biodegradable plastic" compost bags - Click here to view alternatives for lining your compost bin!

 

Why do we Compost?

Why Compost

 Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions - in More Ways than One!

  • When organic material rots in an anaerobic environment (without air circulation) like it does in a landfill, mass amounts of methane (CH4) is released. Methane is a very powerful greenhouse gas, that has about 84 times more heat-trapping power than Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in the first 2 decades of its release!
  • Soil naturally sequesters (removes and stores) carbon from the atmosphere. By using compost material to amend soil, the storage of carbon will increase by optimizing the soil structure, and also by increasing biomass by supporting healthy plant root systems.


Why Compost 1

Prolonging the Life of Our Landfill

  • Landfills are expensive to construct and require a considerable area of land. Once the landfill is sealed, the land is no longer usable and continuous monitoring must be performed to ensure no environmental issues arise. By collectively diverting our compostable material away from the landfill, we're contributing to a significant long term benefit. 



Why Compost 2 

Reducing the Need for Chemical Fertilizers

  • Over time, the use of chemical fertilizer can change soil pH, upset beneficial microbial ecosystems, increase pests, and develop an inability to effectively retain moisture and carbon by damaging soil structure.


 Why Compost 3

Supporting the Local Economy

  • Turning "trash" into cash for local composting facilities and their employees.

 


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