Nova Scotians Have Some Sorting Out To Do - RRFB Nova Scotia survey finds that while nine out of 10 residents recycle, many are unsure of what goes where

    TRURO, NS, Oct. 24 /CNW/ - According to a survey commissioned by RRFB
Nova Scotia, there is much to celebrate when it comes to Nova Scotian's
enthusiasm for recycling. However, while 91 per cent of residents in the
province are doing their part to improve the environment by recycling, many
are in need of a refresher.
    The survey, conducted by Bristol Omnifacts Research, found that only
35 per cent of respondents have an excellent knowledge of what materials can
be recycled under the beverage-container recycling program. This compares to a
surprising 53 per cent who admit to having only a good understanding of
recycling and another 12 per cent who rate their knowledge level as either
fair or poor.
    "Nova Scotians have made a steadfast commitment to recycling and such a
high level of engagement demonstrates why the province is recognized as a
waste diversion leader," said Bill Ring, CEO of RRFB Nova Scotia. "However, as
recycling programs evolve, Nova Scotians need to take a proactive role in
understanding recycling guidelines and ensuring the continued success of waste
    Enviro-Depots and municipalities across Nova Scotia continually deal with
the results of improper sorting of recyclables, as well as the loss of
potential resources that have been disposed of with regular household waste.
Common issues include; recyclable paper discarded with garbage, the incorrect
sorting of plastic containers and the lost value of recyclables contaminated
by food or other materials.
    Greater awareness of proper recycling methods is a priority for RRFB Nova
Scotia as it continues to educate residents about the value of recycling and
increased waste diversion from the province's landfills.
    "The recycling efforts of Nova Scotians have been tremendous, but after
more than a decade of program adjustments to beverage, plastic and composting
programs, we recommend residents review the latest recycling information
available from their respective municipality," adds Ring.

    RRFB Nova Scotia provides information on provincial recycling programs
through its website ( and toll free number (1-877-313-RRFB). In
addition, Nova Scotia's 55 municipalities set recycling standards for their
constituents and can provide up-to-date information, pamphlets and brochures,
related to what goes where and when.

    Additional Findings

    Clear Bags for Garbage
    According to the survey, an average of 63 per cent of Nova Scotians
surveyed support the use of clear bags for garbage throughout the province.
Interestingly, users of clear bags for garbage support implementation more
than non-users in Nova Scotia.
    - Support for clear bags for garbage is:
    - 81 per cent, among Nova Scotians who live in municipalities
      that already have a clear bag policy
    - 50 per cent, among Nova Scotians who live in municipalities
      that DO NOT have a clear bag policy

    Role of Industry in Waste Management
    A total of 92 per cent of Nova Scotians surveyed felt that it is very
important that industry contributes toward waste management

    Prioritizing Potential New Programs
    Nova Scotians surveyed were also asked to prioritize a list of five
categories based on the need for the creation of a new waste program.
Respondents indicated the most important types of waste to address:
    - 43 per cent - Household Hazardous Waste (Pesticides, used
      oil containers and filters, flammable materials and used medications)
    - 23 per cent - Disposable cups (coffee and fast-food cups)
    - 21 per cent - Plastic shopping bags
    - 9 per cent - Mattresses and furniture
    - 4 per cent - Flyers

    Results based on 693 surveys completed by Bristol Omnifacts Research with
adult Nova Scotians between June 7th and June 19th, 2008. Results are
considered accurate within -/+ 3.7 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

    About RRFB Nova Scotia

    Resource Recovery Fund Board (RRFB) Nova Scotia is a non-profit
corporation working in partnership with Nova Scotians to improve the
province's environment, economy and quality of life by reducing, reusing,
recycling and recovering resources. Recognized globally as an innovator in
waste diversion solutions, RRFB Nova Scotia manages a network of 83
independently owned Enviro-Depots throughout the province. As a leader in Nova
Scotia's waste diversion efforts, RRFB Nova Scotia delivers education and
awareness programs, partners with industry to develop and implement
stewardship agreements and promotes innovation through the development of
value added manufacturing. For more information visit or call
1-877-313-RRFB (7732)

For further information:

For further information: Jeff Myrick, Manager, Communications, RRFB Nova
Scotia, (902) 897-3253,

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