Region 6 Solid Waste Management Outreach & Education Resources 



Divert NS

Divert NS offers curriculum-based lesson plans tailored to the learning outcomes for grade Primary to 8. These fun, interactive plans will help teach youth about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling.

If you would like to have our educator come into your classroom to do any of the lesson plans, please contact Region 6 Solid Waste Management. 

These lesson plans are available in French. 

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The province of Nova Scotia has introduced a new regulation for the safe disposal of used oil and glycol products. As of March 1, 2020, these products and containers have been banned from landfills.

This regulations requires brand owners to collect and process the following items:

  • Oils;

  • Filters;

  • Glycol (Antifreeze);

  • Containers of oil, glycol (antifreeze) and diesel exhaust fuel (50L. or less);

  • Aerosol lubricants automotive part cleaners.

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Treated Wood Disposal Ban

As of July 5, 2023, treated wood is banned from disposal at C&D debris disposal sites in Nova Scotia. NS Environment introduced the new guidelines and requirements to the Solid Waste Management Facility Guidelines for Construction & Demolition Debris Storage, Transfer, Process and Disposal, Appendix C, sections 4, 5, 6 & 7. 

Enforcement of the band will commence on July 5th, 2024. 


What is Treated Wood?

Identifying Treated Wood

Marine Debris Cleanup Program

This provincial program covers up to 75 per cent of eligible costs for shoreline projects and up to 50 per cent for ocean-based ones, to a maximum $5,000 per project.

The program is open to organizations in the seafood harvesting, processing, buying, or aquaculture industries, as well as economic development organizations, community associations, and environmental groups. Applicants must be listed with the Registry of Joint Stocks to be eligible.

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NS Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban

On October 30, 2019 the Province of Nova Scotia introduced the Plastic Bag Reduction Act. The Act takes effect on October 30, 2020 which means that businesses will no longer be able to use plastic bags at checkouts.

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Safe Sharps Program

The Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia (PANS) administers the safe sharps program in Nova Scotia. This program allows residents to dispose of needles, syringes and lancets safely. Pharmacies provide a safe sharps container which can be returned when full for FREE! These items should never be placed into the garbage or recycling stream.

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Electronic Recycling

Recycle My Electronic is a product stewardship program that provides services to recycle electronics. Since 2008, electronics have been banned from landfills in Nova Scotia.

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Product Care

The Nova Scotia paint recycling program was established in 2002 by Divert NS. In 2012, Product Care assumed full responsibility of the paint recycling program which accepts residential paint products at a variety of locations.

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Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

As packaging continues to become a problem, it also becomes more expensive to manage which municipalities are financially burden with. EPR would put the responsibility of ensuring packaging can be recycled efficiently back onto the producer, along with any associated costs.

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Nova Scotia

The Adopt-A-Highway Nova Scotia program provides organizations, volunteer groups and businesses the opportunity to contribute to local communities by removing litter from roadsides.

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Tire Recycling Program

Nova Scotia recycles around 1 million tires per year. The program allows residents to drop off passenger and bike tires off to a retailer, free of charge. When purchasing new tires, a environmental fee is applied to support the collection and processing of the tires.

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Don't Be A Prick Campaign

The world of waste management is invisible to many people. They toss something in a bag, leave it on the curb and it seemingly just disappears. The truth is, what you throw out must pass through many hands.

The Don’t Be a Prick campaign videos shine a spotlight on the real people handling your waste everyday. Their safety is in YOUR hands. Don’t be a prick, dispose of every needle safely, every time.

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With support from over 300 stewards, Call2Recycle® is the premier battery recycling service provider to organizations, communities, and companies across Canada.

From processing standards to collection efforts, from data reporting to environmental compliance, this program is built on a reputation of transparency, quality, service excellence, and safety – nothing is compromised.

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Clean Farms

Cleanfarms is a non-profit environmental stewardship organization that work collaboratively with members, partner agencies, and the government to ensure that Canadian farmers can actively contribute to a healthy environment and a sustainable future. Cleanfarms programs create meaningful change, and offer a tangible way to address agricultural waste management and resource in the community.

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