ICI-Tag Program for Business

The Municipality of the County of Victoria is pleased to announce a new program for business and an innovative first for Cape Breton. It will begin November 1, 2021 and run as a one-year pilot project.

The acronym ICI refers to the businesses that are in the Industrial, Commercial or Institution sector. Most Victoria County businesses fall within this category.

The ICI-Tag program in Victoria County is in response to concerns raised by our business community recently. It is our expectation that this will help those that are some distance from our facilities and are using our collection crews to get their waste to our sites.

How does the program work?

The ICI-Tag program will allow businesses an additional 4 items to be placed curbside each week using our ICI-Tags. Businesses that purchase tags can use them in whatever combination suit their needs.

For example, in addition to the weekly maximum totals of 4 clear bags, 4 blue bags, 4 green bags and 2 bundles of cardboard (14 waste units), commercial customers can place an additional 4 items (each with a tag) out for collection, for a total of 18 waste units per week for businesses.

Cost: A bundle of 10 tags is $25. Tags will be available at all Victoria County facilities the week of October 25, 2021. Tags can be used beginning November 1, 2021.

1. Can bags with a tag still be rejected?

Yes. All waste must follow the Victoria County Solid Waste bylaw.

  • If it is not properly sorted, it will be rejected.
  • If it exceeds the maximum weight of 23 kg per bag, it will be rejected.
  • If it exceeds the maximum number of allowable bags/cardboard per week, it will be rejected.
  • If it is in a dark or black bag, it will be rejected
  • If the cardboard is not properly bundled, it will be rejected.

2. How much does an ICI-Tag cost?

A bundle of 10 tags will cost $25, which breaks down to $2.50 per tag.

3. Can I just buy four?

Tags will not be sold individually or in lots smaller than 10.

4. How are the tags attached to the bag?

ICI Tags are similar to a wrist band you’d receive at a hospital or for an event.  It is valid for one bag of garbage/recyclables/organics or 1 bundle of cardboard (not to exceed 23 kgs). Wrap the tag around the neck of the tied garbage bag or on the string bundling the cardboard. Make sure the ICI-Tag number and municipal logo are visible to the collector and place tagged bags at the top.

5. I pay a lot in taxes. Why can’t the municipality take everything I throw away like it used to be?

The municipality has a limited number of trucks that make 2200 stops a week. To ensure that we have the capacity to collect from these homes & businesses, we must be able to plan for a predicable volume each week. The amount of waste material collected from an ICI customer must be limited to ensure our vehicles have enough capacity to collect all locations along our collection routes. Other municipalities use this type of program to ensure waste collection costs are distributed more fairly among the population and in proportion to the amount of waste each user generates. It also highlights those taxes only cover a portion of the level of service and the waste collection services offered by municipalities is not a limitless one.

6. Will this program be available for residents?

This pilot project is for businesses only and is expected to run until November 1, 2022. The program will be evaluated during this time. Should there be a desire and a need for a residential program, we will look to expanding it at a later date.


Payment is due 30 days after statement date. Interest will be charged at 1.25% per month on all overdue accounts. The payment will be processed on the card 30 days following the original due date and account owners will be charged a handling fee if not paid in full. Users who have outstanding invoices may be denied access to our facilities until accounts are brought current.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 370, Baddeck, N.S. B0E1B0

Civic Address: Municipal Building, 495 Chebucto Street, Baddeck, N.S.

Baddeck Transfer Station, 445 Old Margaree Road, Baddeck, N.S.

Phone: 902-295-2026

Email: kelly.brett@countyvictoria.ns.ca