Waste Collection Changes for Businesses 2021

Effective August 30, 2021 tip fees will be charged for businesses at all Victoria County waste facilities.

What changes can my business expect to see?

Beginning August 30, 2021 any waste, recycling, or compost material from a place of business will be charged a tip fee. These are common at transfer stations & landfills in Nova Scotia. Victoria County is one of the last municipalities to implement them. In Baddeck, your business will be charged per tonne. In Dingwall, your business will be charged per load (minimum charge is $25). In Dingwall, it is cost effective to bring in full loads.

What are the changes to Bag Limits? Beginning August 1st, the number of bags you can leave for weekly curbside business collection are:

  • 4 Clear Bags (garbage): No more than 23 kilograms per bag
  • 4 Blue Bags (recycling): No more than 23 kilograms per bag
  • 4 Green bags (compost): No more than 23 kilograms per bag
  • Cardboard: No more than two bundles of corrugated cardboard per week. Bundles must be no larger than 30cm X 60cm X 90 cm (1 ft X 2 ft X 3 ft) and weigh no more than 23 kilograms.

Because I use small bags for organics, will the Municipality collect more than 4 bags if I put them out for collection? No, the Municipality will collect up to 4 bags of organics not to exceed 23 kgs per bag.

I run a small business hauling business waste. I don’t have time to sort anyone else’s waste. We understand – time is money. If you don’t sort, we have to. We are regulated to make sure the waste we send from Victoria County does not contain recyclables, compostables or other materials banned from landfills. If it does – we can be fined or sanctioned, which ultimately means more cost for all Victoria County taxpayers.

Why are unsorted loads charged twice the regular fee? That is what it costs the municipality to sort on your behalf. 

I haul waste from apartments. They are residential. Will I be charged a tip fee? Yes. The waste you are bringing to our facilities is not your personal household waste.

How does the municipality determine what is a business? There are four ways:

  • The vehicle bringing the waste to our facilities is registered to a business
  • Vehicles that visit our facilities more than 4 times a month
  • Vehicles exceeding one tonne of weight in a single visit or
  • Are hauling waste that is not their own personal household waste

Remember, if you are providing a service, you are considered a business.

I run a business from my home and use weekly curbside collection for both my business & home. Will I be charged tip fees? There is no charge for weekly curbside collection for your household waste. Should you bring the waste into our facility, you may be charged a tip fee (see the above question).

I operate my business from the same property as my residence, am I able to place more than 4 bags per stream and 2 bundles of cardboard for curbside collection? The Municipality charges a blended tax rate in such instances therefore, only 4 bags per stream and 2 bundles of cardboard may be placed for curbside collection.

Are there changes to what my business can bring to Victoria County Waste Management facilities? Yes. Beginning August 1st, 2021, our transfer stations in Baddeck and Dingwall can no longer take tree stumps, rocks or soil and any branches must be smaller than 2.5 cm (1 inch) in circumference. 

How do I apply for a Waste Management Account for my business? You can download the Waste Management Account Application Form here.

Where can I find the Solid Waste bylaw? The full text of the bylaw is available online as a PDF file here.

Baddeck Transfer Station

445 Old Margaree Road
Baddeck, NS

Phone: 902-295-2026

Hours of Operation: Monday to Saturday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Dingwall Transfer Station

99 Dump Road
Cape North, NS

Phone: 902-383-2548

Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Saturday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Jim Bradley Recycling Depot (Baddeck)

445 Old Margaree Road
Baddeck, NS

Phone: 902-295-2026

Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Saturday, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Closed each day from 12:00pm - 12:30pm

New Haven Recycling Depot

White Point Road
New Haven, NS

Phone: 902-336-2242

Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Saturday, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Closed each day from 12:00pm - 12:30pm