This is an exciting new regulatory regime being advanced through the change by the Department of Environment. The changes represent real opportunity for modernizing solid waste management in the Province of Nova Scotia. They also reflect insightful analysis, by the Government of Nova Scotia, in reviewing program outcomes, and the advancement of innovative technology changes which represent effective, efficient and proven alternatives to landfilling active resources that negatively impact our environment.
New technologies like advanced thermal conversion processing demands effective source separation and pro-active front-end processing to remove recyclables before the remaining residual waste resources are processed into fuel that will generate clean renewable energy. That clean renewable energy is the alternative outcome of active waste resources decomposing for generations in landfills emitting harmful Green House Gases and producing millions of litres of toxic leachate, which is also costly to process.
In addition, the recognition that resources sent for processing at advanced thermal conversion facilities will also be considered diversion is a major step forward for the Province of Nova Scotia to achieve the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act targets for diversion, in addition to reducing emissions aligned with emission reduction targets.
“We look forward to working with the province and municipalities in modernizing solid waste management, reducing environmental impacts of waste management and reducing service program costs for municipalities”, said Chief Technical Officer, Gord Helm.