Nova Scotia asking for public input on waste disposal review

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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 May 13.   

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 online. Input will be accepted until July 11.  

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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