The Environment Department today, March 24, released What We Heard, a report on proposed changes to Nova Scotia’s solid waste management regulations.
“Nova Scotians have strong views on solid waste management. Together, we are proud of our recycling accomplishments and the benefits to the environment and economy that we have achieved,” said Environment Minister Randy Delorey.
“After 20 years, stakeholders agreed changes to the regulatory framework are needed to further enhance the economic and environmental sustainability of our systems.
“I thank Nova Scotians for taking part in the consultations. The feedback we received will help shape the new regulations.”
The program requires businesses to take responsibility for the cost of recycling their products. In general, feedback on the amendments was positive and most participants supported expanding producer responsibility to more products. Small business owners and newspaper publishers are seeking exemptions.
Among proposed changes, Nova Scotians were also asked to provide input on:
— adding more items to disposal bans
— expanding tire management programs to include off-road tires
— improving compliance and enforcement
— making administrative changes to the beverage container deposit-refund program.
The department will continue to engage with interested groups on the amendments to be given to government later this year. If approved, changes would be phased-in over the next five years.
More than 260 written submissions were received and public information sessions and meetings with interested groups were held across the province.
The report can be found at www.novascotia.ca/nse/waste/docs/Solid-Waste_What%20We%20Heard-Report_March%202015.pdf .