In January 2003, Truro, Nova Scotia-based Resource Recovery Fund Board (RRFB) Nova Scotia released the results of a provincial recycling survey conducted during November 2002 by MarketQuest Research Group, Inc. of Halifax. The purpose of the survey was to assess public opinions concerning the enhancement of existing waste management programs and to gather public comments on the direction of industry stewardship in Nova Scotia.
Highlights from the survey include:
96 per cent indicate they recycle;
89 per cent find it either very or generally convenient to recycle;
63 per cent indicate that they participate in composting programs;
83 per cent return their used beverage containers for a refund at the province’s 85 Enviro-Depots;
98 per cent feel that it is at least somewhat important that industry contributes to the management of its waste;
83 per cent think government should regulate industry;
30 per cent would prefer to pay a recycling or "eco-fee" at the cash register that is separate from the cost of the product purchased; and,
95 per cent feel that industries such as fast food restaurants should be responsible for providing recycling and composting containers in their restaurants.
According to Derek Firth, chief operating officer for RRFB, through the provincial government, municipalities, and RRFB, 98 per cent of Nova Scotians now have access to recycling through curbside programs, 100 per cent of residents can recycle at more than 85 Enviro-Depots and 75 per cent have access to curbside organics collection.
More than 700 Nova Scotians over the age of 18 were randomly surveyed by a telephone poll. In addition, three focus group studies were held in Halifax, Kentville and Sydney.
Since 1996, more than one billion beverage containers and over four million tires have been recycled in the province.
Visit www.rrfb.com for the complete survey results.
For further information, contact Lauren Cardiff at 902-222-9696