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 recycling in our province.
Our educational efforts are province-wide, spanning from social media campaigns, in-school curriculum materials, industry-specific summits, to face-to-face communication in community settings.
Tools & Resources
Download a school waste audit form, activity sheets, find your local waste educator, and more.
Download classroom-ready lesson plans for grades P-6.
$20,000 in Divert NS Champion of the Environment Scholarships awarded to Grade 12 students annually.
Divert NS has a history of bringing together key stakeholders to discuss specific opportunities in waste-resource management.
Throughout the year, Divert NS also hosts workshops for regional waste educators, enforcement officers, and Enviro-DepotTM operators to provide relevant training, encourage networking with each other, and help promote program consistency across the province.
Key Dates to Celebrate Recycling and Diverting Waste
March 18, 2020
Global Recycling Day was created in 2018 to help recognize and celebrate the importance that 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.
March 28, 2020
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 part of the solution. It sends a powerful message that together, we can make a difference.
April 22, 2020
Earth Day Canada helps people across the country recognize and celebrate the largest environmental event in the world, every year on April 22nd.
May 3-9, 2020
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, enhance the quality of water, and protect the environment.
May 31-June 6, 2020
Established in 1971, Canadian Environment Week celebrates the government’s environmental accomplishments. It encourages Canadians to contribute to preserving and protecting their environment.
June 1, 2020
The Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up is Nova Scotia’s largest volunteer-driven community clean-up program, promoting littler clean-ups across the province.
June 3, 2020
Celebrate Clean Air Day on June 3! Let’s recognize how important good air quality is to our health, our environment, and the economy.
June 5, 2020
On June 5, learn how all living things on Earth are connected in the web of life and how we can act #ForNature
June 8, 2020
World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future.
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.
September 18-20, 2020
Being part of Clean Up the World is easy—by registering an activity, you become a Clean Up the World Member and gain access to their guidance and support materials. Activities can include planting trees, cleaning parks or beaches, conserving water or running environmental awareness-raising and education initiatives—whatever the local need might be.
September 19, 2020
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 come together to rid our planet of trash—to clean up litter and mismanaged waste from our beaches, rivers, forests, and streets.
September 21-27, 2020
Science Literacy Week is a celebration of science in Canada, highlighting Canada’s outstanding scientists and science communicators from coast-to-coast. The goals are to showcase the excellence and diversity of Canadian science and demonstrate how exciting science is.
October 2, 2020
We are creating a movement for energy efficiency in Canada, and that movement needs a celebration! Energy Efficiency Day celebrates the 436,000 Canadians working in this sector.
October 14, 2020
International E-Waste Day was developed in 2018 by the WEEE Forum with the support of its members. The day raises the public profile of e-waste recycling. It encourages consumers to recycle their e-waste with the resulting increase in e-waste recycling rates on the day itself and into the future.
October 16, 2020
Collective action across 150 countries is what makes World Food Day one of the most important days of the UN calendar. Hundreds of events and outreach activities bring together governments, businesses, NGOs, the media, and the 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 actions for #ZeroHunger or join the call by developing a group event or activity.
October 19-25, 2020
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.