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Accomplishments

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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.