Nova Scotia Expands EPR Programs

Connector Winter 2019

Nova Scotians will be able to recycle used oil and glycol and more electronics next year through expanded extended producer responsibility programs.

With changes to the Solid Waste-Resource Management Regulations, industry must be ready with programs to recycle new products by Jan. 1, 2020.

In addition to the industry recycling programs, effective March 1, 2020, the following products will be banned from landfills:

  • microwaves
  • e-book readers
  • GPS devices
  • video game systems and controllers
  • external hard drives, optical drives, and modems
  • used oil, oil filters, and oil containers
  • glycol, which is a coolant, and glycol containers

The affected industries must develop or expand recycling programs for these products.

The Electronic Products Recycling Association has been running Nova Scotia’s electronics recycling program for the past 10 years. It will expand its program to recycle the new products.

The Used Oil Management Associations of Canada run used oil and glycol programs in other provinces and will expand into Nova Scotia to recycle these products.

Source: Government of Nova Scotia