July 19, 2004

Research group confirms effectiveness of NS solid waste strategy

HALIFAX, NS-An independent research group has endorsed Nova Scotia's solid waste resource management strategy. A two-year study by Genuine Progress Index (GPI) Atlantic concluded that Nova Scotia's method of handling solid waste is reducing air pollutants and energy consumption and is saving taxpayers money. "I'm not surprised by the report's conclusions. We've known all along that Nova Scotia is a world leader in recycling and composting," said Environment and Labour Minister Kerry Morash. "Our initiatives are creating jobs and diverting thousands of tons of waste from our landfills. And experts from around the world are continually visiting our province to learn from our example." Morash credited Nova Scotians for their part in the province's success, saying their adoption of good recycling and composting practices has been critical. The department is currently developing a program to recover and recycle electronics. Stewardship programs are already in place to recycle products such as paint, rechargeable batteries and tires. More information is available fromValerie Bellefontaine at Environment and Labour, 902/424-2575, E-mail bellefva@gov.ns.ca.
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