Since 1998, recyclables in Nova Scotia have been banned from entering landfills. Plastics and paper waste is now picked up every second week from households in West Hants, with a limit of 10 bags each collection.
Since 2012, recyclables collected in West Hants have been sent to Scotia Recycling Limited. They are a leading recycling company in Atlantic Canada that has been operating in the recycling industry since 1976. With the expansion of their sales department, it has allowed the company to become a recognized professional broker and exporter of quality secondary fiber and various plastic film grades. These items are brought to the Port of Halifax and exported all across the globe to be made into something new.
Understanding the Process - How the Market Determines What we Recycle
Recyclable materials are: Collected -> Processed at Sorting Facility -> Sold -> Transported -> Re-manufactured
Technically speaking, most materials can be recycled with the right technology and enough investment, but it's important to understand that the current market will determine what recycling facilities can sell, and how much they can sell.
The market is always changing, and quantity demand is variable. As a result, the materials accepted at your local facility can change over time and may vary from other municipal collection programs depending on investment, sorting technology, and access to certain markets.
If it can't be grown, it has to be mined - But with more materials in circulation through recycling programs, less of our natural resources such as trees, minerals and water are required for extraction and processing. This in-turn reduces the overall consumption of energy.
Pollution occurs at every stage of an item's life, from extracting and processing raw materials, to landfilling or incineration when the item is no longer usable. When we recycle, we significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and spare natural ecosystems.
Giving "Trash" New Life
Instead of taking up space in landfills, recycling allows that item to become something new and useful once again. When this cycle is maintained, think of the impact we can make!
When the need for landfills is reduced, we maintain usable, productive land. Let's preserve all the land we can - they aren't making it anymore!
New jobs will be created as the recycling industry grows
Photo: Scotia Recycling Ltd. Facility, 2018.
SORTING INFORMATION: Take the guesswork out of sorting your recyclables and find out what goes where with our new Waste App: R6Recycles