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Report confirms Nova Scotia waste reduction success

Nova Scotia Environment and Labour Minister Kerry Morash expressed pride on July 7, that an independent research gr...


Nova Scotia Environment and Labour Minister Kerry Morash expressed pride on July 7, that an independent research group has endorsed Nova Scotia’s solid waste resource management strategy. His comments follow release of a two-year study by Genuine Progress Index (GPI) Atlantic that concluded Nova Scotia’s method of handling solid waste is reducing air pollutants, reducing energy consumption and saving taxpayers money.

"I’m not surprised by the report’s conclusions. We’ve known all along that Nova Scotia is a world leader in recycling and composting," said Mr. Morash. "Our initiatives are creating jobs and diverting thousands of tons of waste from our landfills. And experts from around the world are continually visiting our province to learn from our example."

Mr. Morash credited Nova Scotians for their part in the province’s success, saying their adoption of good recycling and composting practices was critical. The department is currently developing a program to recover and recycle electronics. Stewardship programs are already in place to recycle products like paint, rechargeable batteries and tires.

Proposed changes to the province’s Environment Act, which are open for public comment until Aug. 23, would increase fines for illegal dumping and littering.

A copy of the report can be accessed on-line at www.gpiatlantic.org

Contact Barry Friesen at 902-424-2645 or friesebk@gov.ns.ca You can review the website to learn more about Nova Scotia’s success at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/emc/wasteman and also look up the Extended Producer Responsibility section which highlights this year’s national EPR Workshop held this past March in Halifax, Nova Scotia: www.gov.ns.ca/enla/emc/wasteman/epr


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