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As you may know, the Cumberland Central Landfill has launched a mobile app that will remind you when your collection day is, notify you if collection is cancelled (which is convenient in the winter!) and even notify you when special events are coming up.

The program also has a great search tool where you can search disposal options for a number of items. The thing I love most about this program is that it allows me to see what the most frequently searched items are which helps with our education programs.

So now are you left wondering what the most commonly searched items are? Wonder no more! The items that made it to the top of the list are: pet waste, styrofoam, aerosol cans, batteries, and empty paint cans.

Now some of you may already know where these items go but in case you’re one of our residents wondering, read below.

Pet waste - when residents call asking where to put kitty litter and pet waste we tell them that it should go in their green cart. Some people are super excited to hear this and others seem surprised.

Not to worry though, it can be added safely to our composting process; temperatures reach over 55C and do so for at least 15 days.

Now if you happen to have several pets and so much cat litter that it would make your cart too heavy, it is still acceptable to put this material in the garbage. Another thing to remember is that if you use the biodegradable bags to pick up pet waste those go into the garbage too as they don’t break down.

Styrofoam - this one is quick and easy. Always place Styrofoam in the garbage. It may seem confusing because you will find the mobius loop (recycling symbol) on the packaging however what this means is that it’s recyclable where facilities exist and here in Cumberland County we do not have the facility to recycle it.

Empty aerosol cans - recyclable, however keep in mind that if the cans are not empty you have to take them to a Household Hazardous Waste Event.

Household batteries - fortunately for residents there are a few local drop off points that take old batteries; the Amherst Stadium and Canadian Tire. Please don’t place your batteries in your recycling bag as this can pose a hazard to individuals handling them and facilities accepting them.

Empty metal paint cans - recyclable. Remember to remove the lid and please make sure that there is no liquid paint remaining. One thing you may notice is that when you are out shopping for paint that more and more metal paint cans are being replaced with plastic ones and unfortunately these cans are not recyclable and should be placed in the garbage.

So, if you’re someone who wants to keep up on the latest what goes where, I suggest that you download the free Cumberland Central Landfill App and you will have all the answers at your fingertips, and if you’re not a cellphone user, no worries, visit; the same services are available.

Keeping Cumberland Clean, one pop bottle at a time!


Brenda Rioux is the waste reduction co-ordinator for the Cumberland Joint Services Management Authority


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