On June 21, 2018, Divert NS hosted representatives from municipal government, Nova Scotia Environment, Enviro-Depots, industry and academics for the 2018 Annual General Meeting.
“Today we are sharing the impact that Divert NS had last year through our efforts to improve Nova Scotia’s environment, economy, and quality of life by reducing, reusing, and recycling,” said Board Chair, Ken Meech. “And I thank you for your continued partnership and your efforts on this shared journey.”
Fiscal 2017-2018 was a good year for Divert NS. Financially, it was one of the best in the history of the organization. This allowed Divert Nova Scotia to provide:
- $8.6 million to municipalities to help fund local curbside programs and diversion activities
- $1.3 million to educate Nova Scotians about reducing, reusing and recycling
- $288,000 for innovative projects to divert resources from landfill.
Divert NS is always striving to do better for our environment. Through programs and initiatives, “almost 16,000 cubic meters of landfill space was saved this year, and 44,700 tonnes of GHG emissions avoided, which equals 6,600 cars off the road,” said CEO Jeff MacCallum. “Plus, 566 km of roads were cleaned of over 3,100 bags of litter by 1,672 volunteers, and 918 illegal dumpsites were dealt with.”
To help demonstrate the impact of Divert NS 2017-2018 initiatives, the AGM also featured program presentations.
Dale Lyon, Operations & Procurement Specialist, shared the process and results of the 2017 Waste Audit that was release June 6, 2018. The initiative follows up on previous audits conducted in 2011 and 2012, and gives a clear and current picture of the materials that end up in Nova Scotia landfills. The information helps Divert NS and its partners work strategically to strengthen the provincial culture of reducing, re-using, recovering and recycling.
Emily Bibeau, a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Science Program at Dalhousie University, received $10,000 from Divert NS through the Student Research Grants Program to undertake a project to characterize textile waste in Nova Scotia. She provided an overview of her project.
The Divert NS Champion of the Environment Scholarship recipients were also announced at the AGM, and two winning students shared a summary of their essay and environmental activities: Courtney DeGiobbi from Breton Education Centre and Josiane Gibson from Cobequid Education Centre. After the AGM, the scholarship winners were also announced via a Facebook Live video.
2018 Divert NS Champion of the Environment Scholarship Recipients
$5,000 Provincial Scholarship Winner:
Maria MacDonald from Guysborough Academy (Region 2 Antigonish, Pictou and Guysborough)
$2,500 Regional Scholarship Winners:
Courtney DeGiobbi from Breton Education Centre (Region 1 Cape Breton)
Josiane Gibson from Cobequid Education Centre (Region 3 Colchester, Cumberland and East Hants)
Travis Goswell from Sackville High (Region 4 Halifax)
Holly Morrison from Western Kings District High (Region 5 Annapolis and Kings)
Acadia Bunin from Avon View High (Region 6 South Shore and West Hants)
Jenna Clayton from Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High (Region 7 Digby and Yarmouth)
During the AGM, Board member Craig Lake, Dalhousie University, was reappointed for a second three-year term, and new Board members appointed by Nova Scotia Environment in May 2018 were introduced: Ken Meech, as new Board Chair, and Phil Mooney.
Financial results and activity highlights are available in the 2017-2018 Annual Report.