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Education Resources

Education is key to Nova Scotia’s recycling and waste diversion success. Divert NS works closely with many key partners to spread the word about the benefits of recycling and composting. Together we have helped to build a culture of recycling in our province.

 Activities and Tools

  • Free educational visits to businesses, schools, and community groups through local waste reduction educators. See the list below for the contact in your area.
  • A toll free hotline Nova Scotians can call for information on waste diversion programs: 1-877-313-7732 and in Truro: 902-895-7732.
  • A resourceful website offering information on what goes where – everything from beverage containers to paint to electronics.
  • Hosting summits to bring together key stakeholders to discuss specific opportunities or challenges in waste-resource management.
  • Providing free waste management signage to businesses, events and residents to encourage proper sorting.
  • Hosting training days and workshops for waste reduction educators, enforcement officers and ENVIRO-DEPOTTM operators

School Waste Assessment Form

To have a successful waste management program, schools need proper waste containers and signage, and the participation of everyone in the school! Divert NS' School Waste Assessment Form helps staff and students identify whether key areas have proper sorting bins. We suggest it is completed early in the school year and again mid-way through the year to track improvements.

Click here to access the School Waste Assessment Form.

Key Dates to Celebrate Recycling & Diverting Waste

March 22, 2017 - World Water Day
March 25, 2017 (8:30-9:30PM) - Earth Hour
April 22, 2017 - Earth Day
May 7-13, 2017 - Compost Awareness Week
June 5-11, 2017 - Environment Week
June 5, 2017 - World Environment Day
June 8, 2017 - World Ocean’s Day
October 16-22, 2017 - Waste Reduction Week

Local Waste Reduction Educators

Name   Community Phone
REGION 1: CAPE BRETON
Roschell Clarke   CBRM 902-563-5054
Shirley Boutilier   CBRM 902-563-5141
Ellen Murphy   Inverness County 902-787-3503
Jocelyn Bethune   Victoria County 902-295-2117
 
REGION 2A: ANTIGONISH - GUYSBOROUGH
Nicole Haverkort   Antigonish- Guysborough 902-232-2563
 
REGION 2B: PICTOU COUNTY
Marla Cameron   Pictou County 902-396-1495
 
REGION 3: EAST HANTS - CUMBERLAND - COLCHESTER
Andrea Trask   East Hants 902-883-7098 x.104
Brenda Rioux   Cumberland 902-667-5141 x.223
Darlyne Proctor   Colchester 902-897-0450 x.104
Deborah Searle   Colchester 902-897-0450 x.106
 
REGION 4: HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY
Larisa Lensink   Halifax 902 476-8514
Marcel Maessen   Halifax 902-490-3819
Hilary Hayes
Halifax902 830-4346
Seanne Meldrum Halifax 902-292-7709
General Inquiries
Halifax 311
 
REGION 5: ANNAPOLIS - KINGS
Andrew Garrett   Valley Waste 902-679-1348
Dale Roberts   Valley Waste 902-679-0647
Andrea Gibson-Garrett   Valley Waste 902-679-0920
 
REGION 6: SOUTH SHORE - WEST HANTS
Valda Walsh   Region 6 902-624-1339
Kirk Symonds   Region 6 902-624-1339
Solid Waste Hotline   Town of Windsor 902-798-6682
Christine McClare   West Hants 902-798-6943
Tammy Harnish   Chester / Lunenburg (Town) 902-275-2330
Stephanie Smits   Municipal Joint Services (Lunenburg Co.) 902-543-2913
Valeria Kean   Shelburne Shared Services 902-875-5336
 
REGION 7: YARMOUTH - DIGBY
Amy Hillyard   Waste Check 902-742-1312
Sharon LeBlanc   Waste Check 902-742-9340
Tracy Raymond   Waste Check 902-742-1312