Roadside ditches, sidewalks, parks, woods, rivers and shorelines in Nova Scotia are littered with solid waste that doesn’t belong there. One of the most damaging, unnecessary and costly forms of litter is illegal dumping. Illegal dumping is just that – illegal. Yet each year Department of Environment staff respond to hundreds of complaints involving solid waste, many involving illegal dumping of garbage. Because of your efforts to separate and sort solid waste resources for recycling and composting instead of disposal, our province is a recognized world leader in diverting our solid waste resources away from landfills. All municipalities have recycling, composting and waste removal programs. In addition, facilities throughout Nova Scotia accept solid waste and recyclables, ranging from batteries to old stoves. In short, there is simply no excuse for illegal dumping. Illegally disposing of waste doesn’t just affect the natural beauty of our province. Materials can contain substances that pose a threat to the environment, wildlife and even human health. For example, almost half of Nova Scotians rely on wells for their drinking water, and illegal dumping can threaten the quality and safety of drinking water supplies. The Department of Environment makes every effort to pursue the people who illegally dump their waste, but it is often a challenge to prove who committed the crime. This means that the responsibility for cleaning up materials that pose a threat to the environment often falls on property owners. We understand that this can be costly and frustrating. Last year, Environment Department staff carried out nearly 600 solid waste inspections, resulting in 141 enforcement actions including directives, warnings, summary offense tickets and charges through the courts. The people of Nova Scotia are the reason for our province’s success in recycling and composting programs. I encourage all Nova Scotians to help put a stop to illegal dumping. If you see suspicious activity, please take note of the details including make of vehicle, licence plate number, descriptions of those involved and call local police or the Department of Environment’s emergency after-hours number 1-800-565-1633. Let’s put an end to illegal dumping. We are leaders in solid waste resource diversion, and with your help we can also be leaders in litter prevention. Together we can ensure that solid waste resources are handled responsibly and appropriately, protecting the environment and health of all the people of Nova Scotia. -30-
Rabat – The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program, which allows Moroccan 10th- and 11th-graders to study for one year in the United States, is accepting applications until November 3, 2017.Applicants while attend a year of US high school while living with a host family. The scholarship will cover recipients’ airfare, room and board, health insurance, pocket money, and educational supplies.Recipients are intended to develop a “comprehensive understanding of American culture” and leadership skills, by engaging in community service, youth leadership training, a civics education program, and other activities. They are also expected to act as cultural ambassadors for Morocco, “representing their own rich heritage to their American host communities.” Applicants must have been born between August 1, 2001 and August 1, 2003 and will enter grade 10 or 11 in Fall 2017. They must also be proficient in English and demonstrate a record of “high academic achievement” and commitment to promoting cross-cultural understanding.The application form and additional information can be found online at AMIDEAST’s Morocco site. Candidates can apply online, deliver it in person to AMIDEAST, or mail it to AMIDEAST’s Rabat address.