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Nova Scotia reaches 50 per cent

Nova Scotia is the first province to reach the national 50 per cent waste diversion goal for 2000. The province reached the target in five years through the implementation of material bans at landfill...


Nova Scotia is the first province to reach the national 50 per cent waste diversion goal for 2000. The province reached the target in five years through the implementation of material bans at landfills, enhanced recycling programs and an aggressive organics campaign. The return rate for beverage containers — which are covered by a deposit-return system — is more than 80 per cent (or 160 million containers annually). More than 70 per cent of residents have access to curbside collection of all organic materials for composting and it is expected this figure will increase to 90 per cent in 2001. (See “Halifax’s Organic System” in the June/July edition.)

Contact Barry Freisen at 902-426-8521


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