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N.S. government proposing changesto regulations

The province wants to hear how more waste can be diverted from landfills across the province.

The province wants to hear how more waste can be diverted from landfills across the province.

HALIFAX – The government is proposing changes to its solid waste regulations to divert more materials from landfills and help municipalities with growing waste and recycling costs.

People can have their say over the next two months on proposed changes, contained in Revising Our Path Forward: A public discussion paper about solid waste regulation in Nova Scotia, released Tuesday.

"Nova Scotia has a reputation for innovation and success in handling our solid waste," said Environment Minister Randy Delorey. "The proposed changes are intended to build on our past success while meeting our mandate to divert even more products for reuse and recycling."

Some of the possible changes include more responsibility for producers to recycle their products, disposal bans for items including packaging, paper, compact fluorescent light bulbs and batteries, changes to the used tire management program, and improvements to enforcing solid waste regulations.

People are not expected to see many effects from the new measures, and municipalities could recoup most of their curbside recycling costs as producers take on the responsibility for recycling packaging and certain products.

Nova Scotia's solid waste-resource management regulations and strategy were released in 1995, and changes to the regulations have been made to ban materials, including electronics, from landfills.

The discussion paper and details on how to provide feedback, are at http://www.novascotia.ca/nse/waste/ .

Input will be accepted until July 11.

 

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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  • Yoda
    May 14, 2014 - 09:19

    Again Doug hit the nail on the head. Contrary to what they say this is another cost measure to pry another few bucks from the county taxpayers somehow! Why is it not good enough to be one of the leaders in the province instead of the best waste management system in the province? Why does a have not area like ours need this distinction when some areas in Halifax are still using green bags and throwing out whatever? Is it not enough we have a garbage cop (or inspector as we could call them) from the waste management system driving around in a registered 1/2 ton truck early in the am looking at peoples garbage bags and tagging some for the collectors (I've seen her several times). Overkill or what!

  • Doug.P
    May 13, 2014 - 14:39

    This system is costing more and more every time you turn around, can it get any more complicated? Whats allowed today might not be allowed tomorrow. It's a micro mangers bureaucratic delight. More rules mean more cost no matter what the propagandists spout. Public input is a joke, they will force what they want any way. How do you think we got stuck with such a convoluted system to begin with? The only people wanting it are the people who now draw their paycheck from the process of forcing you to work sorting your trash for them.