Our Partners

As the agency responsible for promoting waste diversion and reduction in Nova Scotia, Divert NS works in partnership and collaboration with a variety of organizations across the province. Our strategic direction is closely aligned with Nova Scotia’s solid waste management strategy and regulations, as well as the seven solid waste management regions. We also work closely with other environmentally-minded organizations to enhance our province and our environment. With everyone working together, we are better able to reduce, reuse, recycle, and recover resources.

Nova Scotia Department of the Environment

Divert NS was established in 1996 as a not-for-profit fund under the Province of Nova Scotia’s Environment Act and is specifically outlined in the Solid Waste-Resource Management Regulations.

We work with the Department of the Environment to develop and implement programs to help Nova Scotia reach its waste diversion goals through funding and partnership.

Nova Scotia’s Solid Waste Management Regions

Divert NS provides funding to the seven solid waste management regions listed below on an annual basis. Each year we disperse a minimum of 70% of our net revenues to our municipal partners to help fund waste diversion programs, municipal approved programs, education and awareness contracts, and other waste disposal programs. However, Divert NS is not involved with curbside collection — municipalities provide this service to Nova Scotians.


Enviro-Depots are businesses that Divert NS partners with to collect beverage containers and provide refunds for the deposit-refund program in Nova Scotia. There are 78 Enviro-Depots across Nova Scotia, which in addition to beverage containers, collect a range of recyclable materials such as unwanted electronics, leftover paint, vehicle batteries, metals, and more. Find the ENVIRO-DEPOT™ closest to you.

Clean Foundation

Inspiring Environmental Change
The Clean Foundation is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 1988. The organization provides the knowledge, tools, and inspiration needed to encourage the individual actions that add up to positive environmental change. They work for a clean climate and clean water – and to help reach these green goals, they foster and support clean leaders. Clean runs a variety of programs including the following programs funded in part by Divert NS:

  • The Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up: Providing materials and information necessary to conduct effective litter clean-ups
  • Ship-to-Shore: Engaging harbours and commercial fishers on the topic of waste management of harbours and on fishing vessels
  • Eddie the Puppet’s Litterless Road Tour: Encouraging youth across the province to put litter in its place

Adopt-A-Highway Program

Help Your Community and Make a Visible Impact
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.

Want to get involved? Visit Adopt-A-Highway for more info on how to get started.

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