In fiscal 2016, programs funded by Divert NS diverted a wide range of materials from disposal in our province’s landfills. Our commitment to innovation and environmental stewardship, along with our role as catalysts for change, has added up to a successful year.
Beverage Container Deposit-Refund Program
- 352 million container redemptions
- 420 million containers on which deposits were received
- 83.6% recovery rate
Used Tire Management Program
- 1.17 million passenger tire equivalents collected
- 76% passenger tire equivalents recovery rate
Funding at a Glance
- $5.7 million to Nova Scotia’s 51 municipalities for diversion credits and funding for local recycling, composting, and other programs
- $1.4 million (includes allocation to regions) to educate Nova Scotians and build ongoing support for environmental action
- Approved $383,000 for new research projects that support entrepreneurs and encourage innovation in waste reduction
20 Years of Recycling
Over the last 20 years, Nova Scotia’s ongoing commitment to recycling has significantly impacted both the environment and the economy:
- Avoided Landfill Space – recycling beverage containers and tires over the last 20 years has saved over 242,000 cubic metres of landfill space in Nova Scotia. This equates to 97 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
- Greenhouse Gases Avoided – recycling beverage containers and tires saves 40,959 tonnes of GHG emissions per year. This equates to removing 6,158 cars each year from Nova Scotian roads.
- Job Creation – the beverage container and tire recycling programs currently support 794 jobs and have created the equivalent of 12,405 full-time jobs over the last 20 years.
- Income Earned – those jobs equate to $27.9 million in wages earned this year, and $423 million earned over 20 years.
- Cost Savings – by recycling beverage containers and tires, Nova Scotians save $5.1 million annually in municipal curbside collection costs, totaling $81.3 million over 20 years. As well, recycling instead of landfilling saves another $2.0 million annually in municipal landfill costs, totaling $32 million over 20 year