The Government are committed to sustaining a healthy environment and a vibrant economy. Consistent with this commitment, there has been a fundamental shift in the way we view solid waste. It is now recognized that solid waste is a resource that can result in the creation of jobs through cost effective and environmentally responsible management. The Strategy to Manage Solid Waste will include these benefits:
Bans on the disposal of beverage containers, corrugated cardboard, newsprint, scrap tires, used oil, lead-acid batteries, waste paint, automotive antifreeze, glass food containers, steel/tin cans, selected plastics and compostable organic materials.
Expansion of the current deposit/refund system on beer and liquor bottles to include all beverage containers with the exception of milk. Milk containers will be recycled through province-wide collection programs.
The number of active landfills will be reduced by approximately 75 percent. Currently, there are 40 active landfills in the Province. All landfills will have to meet the Department of the Environment’s new stricter guidelines to prevent leachate and other problems associated with the current variety.
In order to ensure that cost increases are minimized, municipal units will be encouraged to cooperate on a regional scale. It is recommended seven solid waste resource management regions be established.
The Strategy will involve diversion of 60 to 70 percent of household hazardous waste from disposal facilities.
In a consumer society, most commodities, once no longer used for their intended purpose, have traditionally been discarded. The implications of this “throw away” mentality are profound. In recent years, people have begun to recognize these implications and have taken aggressive action to change their practices and attitudes towards waste.
Reducing the amount of waste we generate, identifying opportunities for the recovery of valuable resources, encouraging the development and commercialization of new technologies, and taking necessary action to secure a sustainable future are among the challenges we face today and in the years ahead. (Editor:Kosun Lily.Wang)
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