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The Town of Amherst recently awarded Miller Waste Systems Inc. a new Solid Waste Contract which comes into effect April 1, 2018. The new contract includes:

  • Three-stream collection of solid waste (garbage, recyclables, and organics)
  • A spring and fall collection of leaf & yard waste
  • Christmas tree collection in January
  • Weekly organics collection in the summer
  • Biweekly collection of one bulky item (washer, dryer, couch, chair, etc.).

Removed from the contract are the yearly special collection of bulky items, special collections for construction and demolition debris, and the second collection of Christmas trees in May.

What Does This Mean for Town of Amherst Residents?

Bulky Item Collection

Town of Amherst residents can now place one bulky item out for collection on every garbage collection day. Bulky items include furniture, mattresses and box springs, coffee tables, washers, dryers, stoves, fridges, etc. This does not include construction and demolition debris.

Construction and Demolition Materials (C&D)

Town of Amherst residents can include one bag of construction and demolition debris (wood, shingles, flooring, etc.) with their regular garbage, provided they do not exceed the 6-bag limit. For larger amounts of C&D, residents can take their materials to the Cumberland Central Landfill in Little Forks. For information about tipping fees call 902-667-5141.

Weekly Organics Collection

Town of Amherst residents will now have weekly organics collection starting on July 3 and continuing until September 28. Materials must be placed out for collection on your regular scheduled collection day.

Christmas Tree Collection

Christmas trees will be collected once a year in January. Town of Amherst residents can also take their tree to the Town Garage located on 14 McCully Street (Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm).

Dual-Stream Recycling

The Town of Amherst adopted a dual-stream approach to recycling in 2018. This means residents will use two separate plastic bags for recyclables: one for paper products, and another for recyclable containers. 

Our recycling processor has reported an increase in recycling contamination at the facility in Little Forks.

Recyclable materials that are not sorted properly cause operational issues and delays with processing. Recyclable materials must be separated into two separate bags, one for paper products and one for recyclable containers.

To ensure that the municipalities comply with processing standards, Miller Waste will be increasing curbside inspections and materials not sorted properly will be rejected at the curb. 

We thank all residents for their attention to this matter.


Access more information about solid waste services on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

For more information on this and other programs call 902-667-5141, or download the free mobile app by visiting your app store.