New Waste Management Program for Provincial Parks

Department of Natural Resources (to July 2018)

May 13, 2002 4:00 PM

A new waste management program is being introduced in provincial
parks this season. Natural Resources Minister Ernest Fage
announced today, May 13, that park users will be encouraged to do
their part to reduce waste.

The first component of this new initiative is a separation
program developed by the Parks Division of Natural Resources,
with advice and assistance from RRFB Nova Scotia in co-operation
with Department of Environment and Labour. Campers will be asked
to separate their waste into four types so that it can be sent to
local recycling and disposal facilities.

"This is an excellent program which will reinforce among Nova
Scotians and visitors that waste reduction and recycling are
responsibilities we all share," said Mr. Fage. "Through this
program the department has taken a lead role in ensuring
environmental integrity and stewardship for public recreational
spaces."

The new program is funded by the Department of Natural Resources
and RRFB Nova Scotia. Funding was used to produce special
recycling stations, signage and educational materials for use in
provincial parks.

"RRFB Nova Scotia is pleased to support this new initiative that
will assist in keeping our province clean in accordance with Nova
Scotia's Solid Waste-Resource Management Strategy," said Derek
Firth, chief operating officer for RRFB Nova Scotia. "This
project is a wonderful opportunity to showcase how recycled
plastic can be used for construction such as these recycling
stations."

The second component of the waste management program is a "pack-
it-in, pack-it-out" policy to reduce waste in provincial day-use
parks. Visitors to the parks will be required to pack up their
garbage at the end of their visit and take it home with them.

"Again, we are asking for public support to keep our provincial
parks natural and to take responsibility for cleaning up their
picnic waste and removing it from the park," said Mr. Fage."

The Department of Natural Resources will introduce the complete
waste management program in provincial parks over two years.
During Year One, waste separation stations will be placed in all
camping parks, and day visitors to smaller parks will be expected
to remove their own waste when they leave. In the second year,
the separation program will be extended to the larger day-use
parks and parks with food concessions.

For more information on this program and details on waste
services at provincial parks call the local district office of
the Department of Natural Resources. For general information on
provincial parks experiences visit the parks Web site at
http://parks.gov.ns.ca.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     A new waste management program is being introduced in Nova

Scotia provincial parks this season.

     The new program encourages people camping in the parks to

separate their waste and so it can be sent to local recycling

stations. It also encourages day visitors to pack up their

garbage at the end of their visit and take it home with them.

RRFB Nova Scotia and the Department of Natural Resources are

providing funding to produce special recycling stations, signs

and educational materials for the parks.

     This program will be introduced over two years. Year one

includes separating waste in camping parks and "pack-it-in, pack-

it-out" in small day-use parks.

     The second year will extend the separation program to larger

day-use parks and parks with food concessions.

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Contacts: Harold Carroll
         Natural Resources
         902-662-3030
         E-mail: carrolhe@gov.ns.ca

         Lauren Cardiff
         RRFB Nova Scotia
         902-897-3253

njm         May 13, 2002        4:08 P.M.