Education is key to Nova Scotia’s recycling and waste diversion success. Divert NS is proud to champion educational efforts that raise awareness and—more importantly—change behaviour. We work closely with our government partners and other like-minded organizations to spread the word about the benefits of recycling and composting. Together we have helped to build a culture of refusing to waste in our province.

Our educational efforts are province-wide, spanning from social media campaigns, classroom materials, to face-to-face communication in community settings.

  • Key Dates to Celebrate Recycling and Diverting Waste

  • International Women’s Day

    March 8, 2021

    Every year, on March 8, International Women’s Day is a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

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  • Global Recycling Day

    March 18, 2021

    Global Recycling Day was created in 2018 to help recognize, and celebrate, the importance recycling plays in preserving our precious primary resources and securing the future of our planet. It is a day for the world to come together, and put the planet first.

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  • Earth Hour (8:30pm)

    March 27, 2021

    As Canadians, we choose a future where climate change is no longer a threat. Participating in WWF’s Earth Hour is a simple way to show that you want to be a part of the solution and it sends a powerful message that together we can make a difference.

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  • Earth Day Canada

    April 22, 2021

    Earth Day Canada helps people across the country recognize and celebrate the largest environmental event in the world, every year on April 22nd.

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  • Compost Awareness Week

    May 2-8, 2021

    The goal of the program is to raise the awareness of the public regarding the benefits of using compost to improve or maintain high quality soil, to grow healthy plants, reduce the use of fertilizer and pesticides, improve water quality and protect the environment.

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  • Environment Week


    Established in 1971, Canadian Environment Week celebrates the government’s environmental accomplishments and encourages Canadians to contribute to preserving and protecting their environment.

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  • Great NS Pick Me Up Day


    The Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up is Nova Scotia’s largest volunteer-driven community clean-up program, promoting litter clean-ups across the province.

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  • NS Adopt-a-Highway Day


    Nova Scotia Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) is a non-profit organization that is entirely funded by Divert NS. They encourage volunteers to help their community by collecting litter and improving the appearance of roadsides, streets and interchange areas. The volunteer groups receive garbage bags, flagging tape, safety vests, a Litter Cleanup Permit, and assistance with garbage removal. The program started in Nova Scotia in 1992 and today there are over 170 groups participating across the province.

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  • Canada Clean Air Day

    June 2, 2021

    Celebrate Clean Air Day! Let’s recognize how important good air quality is to our health, our environment, and the economy.

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  • World Environment Day

    June 5, 2021

    The theme of this year’s World Environment Day is Ecosystem Restoration. Pakistan will act as global host of the day. World Environment Day 2021 will see the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Ecosystem restoration can take many forms: Growing trees, greening cities, rewilding gardens, changing diets or cleaning up rivers and coasts. This is the generation that can make peace with nature.

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  • World Oceans Day

    June 8, 2021

    World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. The 2021 Conservation Action Focus is protecting 30% of our blue planet for a healthy ocean and climate.

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  • Plastic Free July

    July 2021

    Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Join millions of people reducing their plastic waste this July.

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  • International Youth Day

    August 12, 2021

    On August 12, every year, International Youth Day is commemorated. The Programme encourages youth around the world to organize activities to raise awareness about the situation of youth in their country.

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  • Clean Up the World Weekend

    September 17-19, 2021

    Being a part of Clean Up the World is easy – by registering an activity with us, you become a Clean Up the World Member and gain access to our guidance and support materials. Activities can include planting trees, cleaning parks or beaches, conserving water or running environmental awareness-raising and education initiatives – whatever your local need might be.

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  • World Cleanup Day

    September 18, 2021

    Let’s Do It World (LDIW) is a global organization that unites more than 150 countries. World Cleanup Day is the biggest event organized by LDIW. Each country has a leader or a group of leaders, who work, day and night, often as volunteers, to mobilize the people in their countries for World Cleanup Day. On that day volunteers and partners worldwide again came together to rid our planet of trash – cleaning up litter and mismanaged waste from our beaches, rivers, forests, and streets.

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  • Science Literacy Week

    September 20-26, 2021

    Science Literacy Week is a week-long celebration of science in Canada. Science Literacy Week highlights Canada’s outstanding scientists and science communicators from coast-to-coast. The goals are to showcase the excellence and diversity of Canadian science and to show how exciting science is.

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  • Energy Efficiency Day


    We are creating a movement for energy efficiency in Canada, and that movement needs a celebration! In the United States, October 2 has been recognized as Energy Efficiency Day for the past four years. Starting in 2019, we want to bring the festivities North to celebrate the 436,000 Canadians working in our sector.

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  • International E-Waste Day


    International E-Waste Day was developed in 2018 by the WEEE Forum with the support of its members. The day is used to raise the public profile of e-waste recycling and encourage consumers to recycle their e-waste with the resulting increase in e-waste recycling rates on the day itself and into the future.

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  • World Food Day


    Collective action across 150 countries is what makes World Food Day one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. Hundreds of events and outreach activities bring together governments, businesses, NGOs, the media, and general public. They promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure healthy diets for all. Make #WorldFoodDay your day – share your individual action for #ZeroHunger or join the call by developing a group event or activity.

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  • Waste Reduction Week Canada

    October 18-24, 2021

    Waste Reduction Week in Canada is a national environmental campaign that builds awareness around issues of sustainable and responsible consumption, encourages choice for more environmentally responsible products/services, and promotes actions that divert more waste from disposal and conserve natural resources.

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