The Nova Scotia Department of the Environment announced an agreement between the province’s dairy industry, municipalities and the ministry to recover more milk cartons for recycling. As of February 28, Nova Scotia joins Alberta and Saskatchewan as the third Canadian province to institute a milk carton stewardship program. About 25 per cent of all milk cartons are currently collected through the province’s curbside recycling programs, but the issue of cost sharing between municipalities and industry has been unresolved for some time. Under the agreement, the Atlantic Dairy Council, which represents the province’s four dairies, will contribute to the municipal recycling based on the number of milk cartons collected. Promotional messages on the side of milk cartons (paid for by industry) will help to encourage recycling, composting and anti-littering. It’s expected that the recovery rate can be doubled to 50 or 60 per cent.
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