Nova Scotia’s recycling industry is struggling to keep up with demand, and that means the province is losing money every time someone uses a trash can.
New Brunswick’s Waste Management Association reported that Nova Scotia has lost $12.6 million on the sale of garbage that arrived at the Nova Scotia landfill since 2012.
In a statement, Waste Management said it has received a total of more than 8,000 calls since its launch last year.
The association said it receives about 2.5 million trash cans a year and is “one of the largest and most effective waste recycling programs in North America.”
It said it would be spending about $1 million to expand the program, with $500,000 coming from a new federal program to support the industry.
Newfoundland and Labrador is the only province with a national program to promote recycling and the association said its biggest challenge is ensuring people understand the risks associated with using a waste container.
The waste management industry is also struggling with a lack of trained workers.
Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are two of only two provinces in Canada that do not offer paid training, said Scott Brown, the association’s president.
New-age waste collectors are also finding it harder to secure contracts, he said.
The Waste Management industry has also seen a significant decline in the amount of waste they recycle.
It reported that the number of recyclables and waste containers used fell from more than 10 million tons in 2012 to 523,000 in 2016.
The drop has been exacerbated by a decline in waste pickup by Nova Scotia.