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Research Funding, Scholarships, and New Board Members Announced at Divert NS AGM

TRURO, N.S. (June 23, 2017) – Over $80,000 in funding for research and scholarships, along with two new board members, were announced yesterday at the annual general meeting of Divert NS in Truro.  

“Our organization is committed to championing recycling in Nova Scotia. These announcements demonstrate how we are growing that commitment,” said Divert NS CEO Jeff MacCallum.  

The arms-length provincial agency responsible for promoting recycling in Nova Scotia announced the funding and new Board members to stakeholders at the Truro meeting, including the Nova Scotia Minister of Environment, Honourable Iain Rankin.  

Research & Development Funding - $64,759

Board Chair, Leland Anthony announced $64,759 in funding to research Innovative Approaches to Value-Added Product Capture from Composting Municipal Source-Separated Organics.  

The project is a joint venture between Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus and Acadia University. Dr. Gordon Price and Dr. Paul Arnold, lead researchers on the project, were present at the announcement, and Dr. Price presented the project scope.  

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“We are excited to be working with Divert NS to examine a novel approach for using by-products from the composting of municipal organics. The research presents exciting opportunities to build local, sustainable food production systems,” said Dr. Price (pictured right).  

Scholarship Winners - $20,000

The Divert NS Champion of the Environment Scholarship recipients were also announced, providing $20,000 in scholarships for seven Grade 12 students, including six regional scholarships for $2,500 each, and one provincial scholarship for $5,000.  

Paget Houston, from North Nova Education Centre in New Glasgow, attended the AGM and talked about her environmental activities and the importance of receiving the Divert NS scholarship.  

2017 Divert Nova Scotia Champion of the Environment Scholarship recipients:  

Provincial $5,000 scholarship winner: Thomas King, Shelburne Regional High  

Regional $2,500 scholarship winners:

  • Mya McHugh, Strait Area Education-Recreation Centre
  • Paget Houston, North Nova Education Centre, New Glasgow

  • December Sampson, Cobequid Education Centre, Truro

  • Hannah Estabrook, Citadel High, Halifax

  • Rose Schoonhoven, Horton High, Greenwich

  • Claudia Crocker, Islands Consolidated, Freeport 

New Board Members

During the AGM, Board members Bill Morash, Farnell Packaging Limited, and Nick Moryto, Consultant, were reappointed for their second three-year term, and two new Board members were appointed for their first three-year term: Tom Taggart, Councillor for the Municipality of Colchester and Laurel Schut, Co-director of FOUND Forgotten Food and Tutorial Coordinator at Dalhousie University's College of Sustainability.

Photo from left to right: Board Members Nick Moryto, Craig Lake, Leland Anthony, Tom Taggart, Scott MacLean, and Andrew Murphy; CEO Jeff MacCallum; Board Members Marcus Goodick and Bill Morash; Honourable Iain Rankin, Minister of Environment; and Board Member Laurel Schut.

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The financial results and activity highlights from fiscal 2016-2017 were also presented at the AGM. “As always, I must thank all Nova Scotians for their ongoing commitment and support of the principles of recycling, even as we ask them to do more. I know we all will rise to the challenge,” said MacCallum.  

Details are outlined in Divert NS’ annual report at divertns.ca/annualreport >

About Divert NS

Divert NS is a not-for-profit corporation working in partnership with Nova Scotians to improve the province’s environment and economy through recycling and waste diversion. Divert NS administers two core programs for used beverage container and tire recycling; manages a network of province-wide Enviro-Depots; and works together with government, industry and academia to champion recycling. We believe Nova Scotia is a model for recycling and we advocate on its behalf worldwide. Divert NS is a registered business name of the Resource Recovery Fund Board, Inc.  

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Contact: 

Carolyn Pierce, Communications Manager
902-897-3253
cpierce@divertns.ca
divertns.ca, @divertns