Front Yard Solid Waste Storage

Consultation has concluded

At the Town of Yarmouth Town Council Meeting of August 9, 2018. Council approved that the staff recommendation to make no additional changes to the Solid Waste By-law be accepted and we proceed to advertise for Second Reading.

We thank-you for your participation.


At the Town of Yarmouth Town Council Meeting of August 9, 2018. Council approved that the staff recommendation to make no additional changes to the Solid Waste By-law be accepted and we proceed to advertise for Second Reading.

We thank-you for your participation.


The Town of Yarmouth is looking for residents’ feedback for consideration to allow Front Yard Solid Waste Storage.

Our current Solid Waste Resource By-Law does not allow for storage of any organics, recyclable materials or garbage in a mobile or fixed container to be in stored in the front yard.


CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

Safety issues concerning roadside storage units: child darting out into the road and oncoming car not seeing child soon enough; vehicles backing out of driveway won't see oncoming vehicles.Sight issues: Unless there is a standard set for only one type of storage unit to be used, it could be unsightly to have many different types. This is superfluous to the safety issue.Doesn't matter the location of the green bins, they are going to smell. Tossing in a light layer of baking soda each time compost bin is used would cut smell. Doesn't matter in Yarmouth county where one lives, in or out of town, deer, raccoons, and other animals are an issue.Putting bags of garbage and recyclables out curbside is something I've only seen in this province. Normally not allowed elsewhere because animals get into it and then the trash is everywhere and seldom does it all get picked up.I suggest people have some sort of enclosure/unit on their property with lids and keep green bins, recycle bins and garbage bins inside them till put out for pickup. One can google images of bin containers as there are many types. The link enclosed can be made from pallets.https://www.google.com/search?q=images+of+garbage+can+containers&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjD_ebT5r3cAhWK1IMKHRH3DVwQsAR6BAgGEAE&biw=1360&bih=662#imgrc=EE18-m4F-1D44M:Considering the wild life here both on the ground and in the sky, (birds, seagulls) there should NOT be any topless garbage cans such as can be found at rental units.

dc3gal over 1 year ago

I think that the storage units would be ok if everyone would maintain them and keep them clean. However, not everyone respects their own property and I believe this would look bad for the town. So I would be against the use of them for that reason alone .

Crystal over 1 year ago

Organic waste bins , garbage storage bins should be allowed being that of those whom use them keep it clean and properly closed nothing unsightly.

Tdm17 over 1 year ago

I have already experienced front yard waste storage units near my home. They were a constant problem for neighbours. Garbage bags were rarely put outside for pickup on collection days. It seemed that as soon as waste was in the bin, it was not longer the responsibility of the owner/tenant. The result was a bin that was overflowing. Raccoons and rats began to invade the area. Even when the storage bin was eventually removed, the shredded litter remained. I wound up raking it up and removing it myself. Once they are installed, the process of removing them if they are damaged or not used properly is tedious. If they are overfilled or unsightly, correcting the problem will fall to town staff who already have more to do than they can easily manage. Litter bins at street-side do not make our streets look inviting. Please maintain the current bylaw restricting use of front yard/curbside waste bins.

David Sollows over 1 year ago

Oh please ...no ! Just got back from a place that allows it ...absolutely disgusting to have smelly ,rotting garbage close to the sidewalks on otherwise beautiful streets ...ruined the pleasure of walking and exploring . Warm weather creates even more smell and rot ...no matter how well and tight bins are built ...attracts flies.Would be very hard to enforce messy, unkept garbage bins ...some people will not comply to guidelines and ruin a neighbourhood very quickly .I would rather keep our streetscapes clear of garbage bins . Thank you

Wendy over 1 year ago

Properly constructed bins should be allowed as long as they are not overfilled and unsightly.

Maple over 1 year ago