RRFB Nova Scotia provides funding for a variety of programs to support our province’s waste diversion and reduction efforts. Whether you are a business, municipality or student, RRFB Nova Scotia may be able to provide funding in your efforts to reduce or divert material away from the waste stream.

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Solutions for Problematic Waste

Many materials are destined for landfill simply because we do not yet know the best way to reduce, recycle or reuse them. Diverting these problematic wastes requires new solutions, and RRFB Nova Scotia continues to search for insight and innovation in this crucial area.

Some materials are less commonly recycled/composted or difficult to market. Therefore, they represent priority materials for RRFB Nova Scotia diversion and Business Development Programs:

  1. Construction and Demolition (C&D) Wastes are unwanted materials produced during construction, renovation and demolition. Materials include:

    • wood: clean, engineered, painted/coated and with laminates, e.g. plywood, MDF, particle board, melamine or other wood with laminates and/or adhesives/glues, e.g. counter tops, shelving, etc.
    • wallboard: clean and painted/coated.
    • asphalt shingles
    • other: flooring (carpet, vinyl, laminate, etc.), ceiling tiles, plaster, vinyl siding.
  2. Textiles, such as clothing, fabrics, and some carpets (the backing is more problematic to market than the fibre).
  3. Paper products: magazines, wax cardboard, laminated boxboard, milk cartons, Tetra Paks
  4. Organic materials: plastic lined boxboard (some frozen food boxes), waxed cardboard, animal waste, etc.
  5. Household hazardous, special wastes and their containers: disposable diapers, hazardous fluid containers (mostly plastics), motor oil containers, etc.
  6. Plastics less commonly recycled and/or difficult to market:

    • Plastic containers numbered 3 to 7: dairy and food packaging, some automotive fluids, some cleaners
    • Plastic film #4 and #2: shopping bags, packaging wrap (around toilet paper, tissue boxes, insulation wrap, etc.), dry cleaner bags, pallet wrap
    • Expanded polystyrene #6 (Styrofoam™): disposable cups, food trays, foam packaging around new products
    • Plastic products # 1 to 7: toys, furniture, household products (laundry baskets, buckets, etc.), electronic casings.

300 kg

To reach our goal of 300 kg, we all need to reduce our waste by one quarter.