About Divert NS

Divert NS is a not-for-profit corporation championing recycling in Nova Scotia. For over 20 years we’ve helped build a culture of recycling through environmental stewardship, education, and programming that has made Nova Scotia a recognized global innovator in waste diversion solutions.

Divert NS operates two primary, or core recycling programs: the Beverage Container Deposit-Refund Program and the Used Tire Management Program. These two highly successful programs are the core of our business and have been embraced across Nova Scotia.

We also manage a network of Enviro-Depots in over 75 locations throughout the province. In addition, Divert NS works in partnership with government — both provincially and municipally — industry, and academia to divert waste-resources from landfill.

Divert NS delivers education and awareness programs, works collaboratively to develop and implement stewardship agreements, funds research and development initiatives, and promotes innovation through the development of value-added manufacturing.

We do not receive any government funding — we are completely self-sustaining through the environmental fees collected from our used tire recycling program, deposits collected from the beverage container recycling program, and through the sale of recyclable materials. Over 70 per cent of revenue goes back to municipalities around the province to support curbside collections and help Nova Scotians reduce, reuse, and recycle.

We believe Nova Scotia is a model for recycling and we advocate on its behalf worldwide.

Mission Statement

To work with Nova Scotians to improve our environment, economy, and quality of life by reducing, reusing, recycling, and recovering resources.


  • Operate a deposit-refund system for beverage containers
  • Support municipal waste diversion programs across the province
  • Develop and implement voluntary industry stewardship agreements
  • Develop education and awareness programs
  • Promote the development of value-added manufacturing

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