Region 6 Solid Waste Management Outreach & Education Resources 


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Divert NS 

Divert NS offers curriculum-based lesson plans tailored to the learning outcomes for grade Primary to 6. These fun, interactive plans will help teach youth about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling.

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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. 

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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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