In fiscal 2017, 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
- 350 million container redemptions
- 434 million containers on which deposits were received
- 80.8% recovery rate
Used Tire Management Program
- 1.11 million passenger tire equivalents collected
- 76.3% passenger tire equivalents recovery rate
Funding at a Glance
- $8.1 million to Nova Scotia’s 50 municipalities for diversion credits and funding for local recycling, composting, and other programs
- $1.3 million (includes allocation to regions) to educate Nova Scotians and build ongoing support for environmental action
- Approved $196,000 for new research projects that support entrepreneurs and encourage innovation in waste reduction
The Impact of Recycling
Did you know recycling beverage containers and tires has contributed $594.7 million dollars to Nova Scotia's economy since 1996? Here are a few more facts about how recycling beverage containers and tires impacts Nova Scotia's environment and economy*:
- Avoided Landfill Space – recycling beverage containers and tires since 1996 has saved over 273,000 cubic metres of landfill space in Nova Scotia.
- Greenhouse Gases Avoided – recycling beverage containers and tires saves over 40,000 tonnes of GHG emissions per year. This equates to removing 6,000+ cars each year from Nova Scotian roads.
- Job Creation – the beverage container and tire recycling programs currently support 836 jobs and have created the equivalent of 13,252 full-time jobs since 1996.
- Income Earned – those jobs equate to $29.2 million in wages earned in fisal 2017, and $453 million earned over since 1996.
- Cost Savings – by recycling beverage containers and tires, Nova Scotians save $5.2 million annually in municipal curbside collection costs, totaling $91.8 million since 1996!
*facts compiled for Divert NS by independant consultants Gardner Pinfold. Updated for fiscal 2017.