Nova Scotia Environment has started public consultations about its proposed changes to provincial solid waste regulations.
The consultation period, from May 13, 2014 to July 11, 2014, will give the public a say on creating more responsibility for producers to recycle their products, disposal bans for items like packaging, paper, compact fluorescent light bulbs and batteries, as well as changes to the province’s used tire management program, and overall improvements to enforcing solid waste regulations.
“Nova Scotia has a reputation for innovation and success in handling our solid waste,” said N.S. Environment Minister Randy Delorey. “The proposed changes are intended to build on our past success while meeting our mandate to divert even more products for reuse and recycling.”
There are other proposed changes explored in the new discussion paper, Revising Our Path Forward: A public discussion paper about solid waste regulation in Nova Scotia. For example, the paper looks at:
- removal of the requirement for regional solid waste management plans
- clarity on the rules for energy from waste
- beverage container deposit-refund program
N.S.’s solid waste-resource management regulations and strategy were released in 1995, and changes to the regulations have been made to ban materials, including electronics, from landfills.
In terms of improvements to solid waste regulations, the discussion paper proposes updated definitons in the areas of:
- construction and demolition debris
- municipal solid waste
- leaf and yard waste
- yard waste
- solid waste
The discussion paper and details on how to provide feedback are at http://www.novascotia.ca/nse/waste/ . Input will be accepted until July 11, 2014.