Household waste down, recycling up across Nova Scotia
Clear garbage bags deterring cheaters
People in Nova Scotia are throwing out less waste and recycling more goods, according to the province's recycling board.
Eight years ago, Nova Scotians were throwing out 500 kilograms of waste per person per year. Now, the average person is throwing out just under 400 kilograms of waste.
The government's goal is to get the weight down to 300 kilograms per year before 2015.
The province said more garbage is being recycled, which is good news for Bucky Day who has been taking people's recycling at the Truro recycling depot for 34 years.
"We used to get maybe 100 to 200 people a day. So it's pretty well doubled," he said.
"We grew from four full-time people up to 12 now, we have 12 full-time people...makes a lot more jobs, keeps the environment cleaner."
Resource Recovery Fund Board Inc. CEO Jeff McCallum said more people are recycling because most of the province is now using clear bags for waste.
"Essentially with a clear bag all the material that goes into it now is able to be seen. So basically, it's more difficult for people to cheat," he said.
McCallum said Nova Scotia’s disposal rate is 47 per cent lower than the national average.
The province still has work to do before its 2015 goal. While waste from homes is down, waste from institutions and apartments is up.