Renewed Agreement Benefits Communities, Environment

Environment

December 14, 2012 12:36 PM

Nova Scotians will continue to have a solid-waste reduction program recognized globally for its innovation, with a new agreement between the province and the Resource Recovery Fund Board Inc.

The five-year agreement will ensure continued funding for municipalities to help with the cost of waste management services, while protecting solid waste programs, projects and research support throughout the province. There is an option to renew the agreement for another five years.

"The province's partnership with RRFB Nova Scotia is a success story that has positioned the province as a leader in solid-waste programs," said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. "We look forward to continuing this relationship to further reduce our solid waste and protect the environment for all Nova Scotians."

Created in 1996, RRFB Nova Scotia has generated about $110-million in funding for municipal waste-management programs and invested millions of dollars in provincial and municipal programs.

"RRFB Nova Scotia is pleased to renew the agreement with the province," said CEO Jeff MacCallum. "We've made great strides in the last 16 years, and with this new agreement, we will continue to work with our provincial, municipal and industry partners to further develop and invest in innovative systems and programs to divert solid waste from Nova Scotia landfills."

RRFB Nova Scotia is a not-for-profit corporation working with Nova Scotians to improve the province's environment, economy and quality of life by reducing, reusing, recycling and recovering resources. It manages a network of more than 80 independently owned Enviro-Depots. It also delivers education and awareness programs, stewardship agreements, and promotes innovation through value-added manufacturing.

RRFB Nova Scotia is funded by the beverage container deposit program, recyclable materials sale and managing other recycling programs.

For more information, visit www.gov.ns.ca/nse/waste/ and RRFB Nova Scotia http://www.rrfb.com/

FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Nova Scotians will continue to have a solid waste reduction

program, recognized globally for its innovation, with a new

agreement between the province and the Resource Recovery Fund

Board Inc.

     The five-year deal will ensure continued funding for

municipalities to help pay for waste management services, while

protecting solid-waste programs, projects and research support

throughout the province.

     There is an option to renew the agreement for another five

years.

     R-R-F-B Nova Scotia has generated about 110-million dollars

in funding since it was created in 1996 for municipal waste-

management programs and invested millions of dollars in

provincial and municipal programs.

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Media Contact: Lori Errington
              Department of Environment
              902-497-7324
              E-mail: erringla@gov.ns.ca