Landfilling in West Hants

To meet provincial environmental standards, municipalities across Nova Scotia were required to make the switch from first-generation landfills to second-generation landfills (also called "containment landfills") in the beginning of 2006. 
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Previous to these changes, West Hants owned and operated its own waste management facility, the Cogmagun Landfill. This site is now monitored by a third-party hydrogeologist and overseen by the Department of Environment. Extensive and frequent testing is completed to monitor leachate (liquid runoff formed from waste), landfill gas, surface water and groundwater to ensure there is no effect on the surrounding environment.

The new West Hants Waste Management Facility, owned and operated by GFL Environmental, is located adjacent to the decommissioned site in Cogmagun. The initial construction of the facility was funded through the Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program, which holds effective wastewater management, safe drinking water, and enhancing the quality of Nova Scotia's environment at the top of their priorities. GFL continues to meet the same level of commitment towards environmental compliance.

The new landfill design is a fully-contained, monitored disposal site which includes:

  • a composite liner consisting of geomembranes and natural substances;
  • a leachate collection and treatment system; and
  • a landfill gas management system

This facility also includes a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Facility, Septage Lagoon, and a Construction & Demolition Debris (C&D) collection area.


Curbside Collection Limits:

Windsor Residents Only: 4 bags of Garbage & ONE (1) non-metal Bulky Item. 

Remainder of WHRM: 6 bags of Garbage. Each bag can be swapped for ONE (1) non-metal Bulky Item. 


Important Curbside Collection Details for Landfill Waste:

  • CLEAR BAGS ONLY. Black and other opaque bags will be rejected. 
    • Windsor residents are still currently allowed ONE (1) black bag per collection.
      • Please note: Black bags used within Windsor will be subject to curbside waste audits to ensure proper sorting. 
    • The remainder of WHRM residents are permitted 1 small 'privacy bag' if needed. (i.e. kitchen catcher, grocery bag, etc.)
  • WHRM does not have a 'Spring Cleanup' collection event for bulky items (i.e. couch, vacuum, bundle of siding, etc.). Instead, each Garbage day (bi-weekly), you can swap 1 bag for 1 Bulky Item, all year long! 
    • Anything above 70% metal should be placed curbside during one of our 'special collections' for metal, occuring once or twice per year depending on your area. 


GFL Environmental: Landfill Information & Contacts

Household Solid Waste
(loads under 400kg)

$6.00 Inc.HST

Household Solid Waste

(loads 400 kg and up)

$47.89/t plus HST 

Household Hazardous
Waste (HHW)


Leaf & Yard Waste

Construction & Demolition
Debris (C&D)
Contact landfill for details
Rates are subject to change over time. If you would like to verify current rates, contact the landfill scale house (information provided below). 



1569 Walton Woods Road
Cogmagun, Nova Scotia
B0N 1E0
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Scalehouse: 902.757.2308
Scalehouse Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Monday 7:30AM - 4:30PM
Tuesday 7:30AM - 4:30PM
Wednesday 7:30AM - 4:30PM
Thursday 7:30AM - 4:30PM
Friday 7:30AM - 4:30PM

May-September: 7:30AM-4:30PM
October-April: 7:30AM-12:30 PM


For more information, visit the GFL website at <>



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Old Landfill Site (Cogmagun Landfill)

Monitoring wells can be seen around the perimeter of the sealed landfill. 

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Active Landfill (GFL West Hants Waste Management Facility)

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