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At their July 14, 2021 meeting, the Council of the Municipality of the District of Shelburne made a motion to discontinue scavenging at the Regional Materials Recovery Facility, located in West Green Harbour, effective immediately.

After much consideration, this decision was made based on substantial research around a number of factors including increased demands, staff capacity, liability concerns, risk management, by-law enforcement implications and lost revenue; however, the most considerable reason was public and staff safety.

“While we understand and appreciate the benefits to the public to be able to scavenge or reuse items from the facility, the safety of the customers and our staff continue to be our priority,” says Warden Penny Smith. “Public scavenging at municipal transfer stations is not a common practice in Nova Scotia. This facility is one of the last to offer this service to its residents. It is never easy to discontinue a service and this decision was not made lightly. Advice from the Municipality’s solicitor, insurer and looking at standard practices across the province, weighed heavily on Council’s decision.”

The original intent of scavenging was to repurpose items as opposed to them being landfilled. Our current practices see most of the construction and demolition materials being repurposed through our contracts with other waste facilities. For example, asphalt shingles are used for paving products, drywall is used for farm bedding, wood is chipped and used in drainage areas, metal is used as a revenue source to offset facility costs, just to name a few.

Discontinuing scavenging was discussed with the Shared Services Team representing the Town of Lockeport, Town of Shelburne and Municipality of Shelburne, as well as the Municipality of Shelburne’s Audit and Internal Control Committee, before being recommended to Municipal Council.


Trudy Payne
Chief Administrative Officer
Municipality of Shelburne
902-875-3544 ext. 223