Funding that Makes a Difference
Divert NS provides funding in three primary research areas: Research & Development Programs, Value-Added Manufacturing, and Student Research Grants. These are some of our success stories.
Research and Development Featured project:
Haley Street Adult Services Centre Society
Haley Street Adult Services Centre Society (HSASCS) is a vocational centre for adults with disabilities serving people from the local communities of North Sydney, Sydney Mines and other parts of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. The Centre serves 63 participants, employs 24 staff, and has a waitlist for service. In 2009, HSASCS received a grant from Divert NS to purchase equipment that would allow participants to recycle wooden pallets for resale and as kindling for new pallets. With their latest grant, they will be able to turn the small scraps of wood otherwise unusable for other projects into wood pellets. Not only will this reduce waste, but it also helps to alleviate a shortage in wood pellets in the Cape Breton area.
Value-Added Manufacturing Featured Project:
S.F. Rendering Limited — Recycling Retail Store Waste
S.F. Rendering Ltd. uses a variety of organic waste from grocery stores to manufacture animal feed. The company recently received VAM funding from Divert NS to purchase automated de-packaging equipment, which will allow S.F. Rendering to increase efficiency and process even more organic materials.
Student Research Grants Featured Project:
Evaluating the Feasibility of Composting Waxed Paper Products
Under the direction of Paul Arnold, Assistant Professor, Acadia University’s Ivan Curry School of Engineering was awarded a grant to study the impact of composting waxed paper products on the process and quality of compost. As many municipalities do not accept waxed corrugated cardboard in the organics stream, this study has the potential to significantly divert this material from landfills if a successful solution is found.
Interested in learning more about the funding programs available through Divert NS? Visit our Funding page for guidelines and application information.