Where does it go?

Sorting waste and not sure where an item goes? Type any item into the search bar and the Waste Wizard will tell you where to place your waste, recyclables or compost. Download the Recycle Cape Breton app for your device to help you sort waste, see the waste collection schedule and set notifications. Available on Google Play and Apple.

Victoria County Sort Sheet

Please download the Victoria County Sort Sheet for information about how to dispose of garbage, recyclables and organics. A translated version Sort Sheet is also available in Ukrainian.

The Baddeck Recycling Centre and the New Haven Recycling Centre now accept batteries, cell phones and fabrics.

Provincial Recycling Programs

recycle symbolAll residents and businesses in Victoria County can recycle their unwanted electronics free of charge through an ACES Drop-off Centre at the Baddeck Enviro-Depot™ or the Dingwall Transfer Station.

The ACES (Atlantic Canada Electronics Stewardship) Program is designed to manage unwanted electronic products that have exhausted their reuse potential. If your electronic items are not at the end of their useful life, you are encouraged to donate them to family members, friends or local charities.


  • Desktop computers
  • Keyboards and accessories such as a mouse.
  • Laptops and tablets
  • Printers (but NOT printer cartidges)
  • Monitors
  • Portable speakers, stereos, CB players, cam-corders, digital cameras
  • Car stereos, speakers, amplifiers
  • Home theatre componets (disc player, television, speaker, amplifier)
  • VCR’s, DVD players, satelite cable equipment, clock radios, docking systems, projectors, amplifiers, receivers, stereos
  • Non-cellular phones

For larger quantities of electronics (25 units or more), an appointment must be made with the ACES Drop-off Centre. When booking the appointment, the ACES Drop-off Centre staff will need to know the number of pieces being dropped off.

Note that large quantities can only be be accepted at the Baddeck Enviro Depot. To make arrangements for a delivery please call: 295-2026.

tire pileEvery year more than 900,000 used tires are collected from tire retailers from across Nova Scotia. To conserve landfill space and reduce environmental hazards on-road motor vehicle tires with a rim size of 24.5 inches or less have been banned from disposal in Nova Scotia since 1997.

When a new tire is purchased in Nova Scotia a one-time environmental fee is applied at the point-of-sale. This fee is then submitted to the RRFB to help support the costs of collecting and processing the tires.

Tire Environmental Fee (updated Sept.1, 2014)

  • All passenger tires: $4.50
  • All light truck tires not exceeding 17″: $4.50
  • All truck tires over 17″ but not exceeding 24.5″: $13.50
  • All truck tires over 24.5″: $13.50


Where can I dispose of my used tires?

You can return up to four used tires at a time to any tire retailer in Nova Scotia at no cost. Tires must be removed from the rim and free of mud and debris. We suggest leaving used tires at your tire retailer when you purchase new tires.

If you are unable to leave used tires at your tire retailer they may be taken to either the Baddeck Transfer Station or Dingwall Transfer Station. When disposing of tires at either site, they must be removed from the rim.

sharps containerFor your safety and the safety of others, sharps should only be placed in a Safe Sharps Container. Used sharps must be handled safely and properly, therefore never be disposed of in plastic bottles, jugs, blue bags or garbage bags.

Please follow these tips to safely dispose of syringes, needles and lancets:

  1. Pick up a free Safe Sharps container at your community pharmacy or Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) Supply Centre.
  2. Place your used syringes, needles and lancets into the Safe Sharps container.
  3. When the container is almost full, seal the lid.
  4. Return the sealed container to your community pharmacy or CDA Supply Centre.

paint canOver 3 million cans of paint are purchased every year in Nova Scotia and up to 25% of the paint is never used. The Nova Scotia Paint Recycling Program helps keep unused paint out of landfills, incinerators and most importantly out of our environment.

Left over paint can be returned to the Enviro-Depot™ in Baddeck or the Transfer Station in Dingwall. The unused paint gets recycled into new paint products.

When returning unused paint to one of our facilities, please ensure the paint is tightly sealed in its original container and the contents of the container clearly labeled.

The following types of paint are accepted:

  • Interior & exterior latex, alkyd, enamel and oil-based paints
  • Porch, floor and deck paints
  • Interior & exterior varnishes and urethanes
  • Primers, undercoats, block fillers & sealers
  • Marine enamels (must not contain pesticides)
  • Wood finishing oils and stains
  • Rust paint, decorative metal paints
  • Fence and barn paints
  • Aluminum paints
  • Paint aerosols, including latex, alkyds and varathanes

The following types of paint are not accepted:

  • Empty paint cans and cans that are bulging
  • Paints containing pesticides
  • Unpressurized craft and artist paints
  • Unpressurized automotive paints
  • Industrial paints
  • Two-part paints (e.g. urethans and epoxies)
  • Roof patch, tar, grease
  • Solvents (e.g. paint thinner or Varsol®)
  • Cans with any concentration of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB’s)
  • Glues and adhesives
  • Traffic paint
  • Deck cleaners
  • Lead labeled paints
  • Lacquers
  • Expoxies
  • Corrosive products
  • Paint aerosols, including lacquers, adhesives and automotive.

Empty paint cans can be disposed of at the Baddeck Transfer Station or Dingwall Transfer Station as long as the paint is dry and the lids are removed.