10 Tips to Creating a Successful Solid waste Program

  1. Know Your Responsibilities

    Nova Scotia business owners are responsible by law to provide receptacles that allow the public or employees to sort waste. Improperly sorted waste costs more money, may result in the waste being rejected and is against the law. 

  2. Have a Waste Policy

    Clearly define roles and responsibilities for your staff and help them understand why they need to sort waste. Include the procedures and guidelines for your recycling program in all employee orientation and occupational health and safety sessions. 

  3. Know the Sorting Guidelines for your Municipality

    Different municipalities can have different sorting rules, so ensure that you have current copies of your municipality’s waste sorting guides and have -them posted clearly for your employees to use as a reference. 

  4. Conduct a Waste Audit

    Work with your staff to determine the kinds of waste that you generate, and where they are currently being put so you can target which items you can reduce, reuse, recycle or compost.

  5. Train Your Staff

    Training your staff regularly and ensuring new employees know ‘what goes where’ is essential to your success.

  6. Choose a Champion

    Talk to your staff; find out who wants to lead the recycling challenge for your business. 

  7. Help Customers

    Make it easy for customers to sort waste. Set up properly designed bins for sorting organics, recyclables and garbage. 

  8. Maintain Proper Signage

    Recycling containers should be clearly marked with illustrated signs at eye level. Customising the signs with photographs of your business waste will help customers and staff sort waste properly.

  9. Promote Your Program

    Promote your business’s recycling efforts in-house, and in your community through the media and local events. 

  10. For more information, contact the Waste Diversion Coordinator at 902-875-3544 ext.240.