ABOUT VALLEY WASTE

Partners in Waste Reduction

The provision of an equal level of service on a Region-wide basis based on the main goals of fiscal responsibility, social acceptance and environmental soundness.

Environmental
Social
Fiscal

Purpose & Values

Meeting the Highest Standards

Valley Waste’s administration building was one of the first commercial buildings in Canada to be accredited for both LEED Gold and Passive House certifications.

Superinsulation

To meet the Passive House standards, the building was designed to be super insulated and made airtight from top to bottom.

  • R-96 roof is insulated with 8,000 cubic feet of Thermo-Cell cellulose insulation – made in Debert, NS from recycled newsprint.
  • R-50 walls are insulated using Structural Insulated Panels
  • R-34 foundation walls were achieved with Insulated Concrete Forms
  • R-27 insulated slab & footings

Recycled Materials

There were many recycled materials used for both practical and decorative applications throughout the building and its surroundings.

  • Recycled window and bottle glass was added to the polished concrete floors to replace aggregate and enhance the beauty of the floor.
  • Recycled bottle glass was included in the south facing flower beds to encourage drainage.
  • The administrative building was one of the first commercial buildings in Canada to use Tire Derived Aggregate as both insulation and drainage around the foundation.
  • Roadways and parking areas contain recycled asphalt and/or recycled roofing shingles in its mix.
  • Outdoor furniture made from recycled post-consumer plastic bags and reclaimed timber.

Reused Materials

Reuse is an essential component of waste reduction and played a major role in the interior finish of the building. Interior doors reclaimed from a demolished Odd Fellows hall in Halifax;

  • Decorative wood paneling salvaged from the hardwood flooring of St. Lawrence Church annex in Halifax;
  • Interior office windows were reclaimed from houses throughout Nova Scotia.

Company History

Valley Waste is one of seven solid waste regions in the Province that were formed to work toward waste diversion and prevention on a regional basis allowing for economies of scale and increased financial viability of recycling and composting in Nova Scotia.

1990s

Solid waste management was at a crisis in most areas of the province

Incineration and poorly constructed landfills were common across Nova Scotia including a substandard landfill in Kings County and an incinerator in Annapolis County.
1993 - 1994

Consultation

The Nova Scotia Department of the Environment, in conjunction with the municipalities, commissioned a series of studies on municipal solid waste management in the Province. The results of these studies, completed in 1994, indicate that certain efficiencies and economies of scale can be realized through collaborative efforts at a regional or inter-municipal level.
1995

Solid Waste Strategy

Landfill bans introduced. Expansion of the deposit/refund system to include all beverage containers with the exception of milk. All landfills to meet stricter guidelines to prevent leachate (today there are 7 “second generation” landfills). In order to ensure that cost increases were minimized, municipal units were encouraged to cooperate on a regional scale. Seven regions were established. Solid waste resources were used to create new employment in Nova Scotia through the production of value-added goods.
1999

Valley Waste begins operations

Region 5 was formed through Solid Waste Management Regulations made under the Environment Act. An Inter-municipal Services Agreement was agreed with municipalities in Kings and Annapolis Counties. Green carts provided for organics.

Credit: Debbie Roza-Mercier

Waste Management Authority Board

The Valley Region Solid Waste-Resource Management Authority is a body corporate formed under an Inter-Municipal Services Agreement encompassing the Municipality of the County of Kings, and the Towns of Annapolis Royal, Berwick, Kentville, Middleton and Wolfville.

The Authority is a legally formed body comprised of representatives from each of the six participating municipal units and meets on a monthly basis to discuss issues and provide a basis on which staff manages the business of the authority.

The Valley Waste board and staff are committed to a safe workplace and have put a safety policy in place which is regularly reviewed and updated by the Occupational Health and Safety Committee.

Authority Board Members

  • Martha Armstrong, Councillor (Chair) Municipality of the County of Kings
  • Craig Gerrard, Councillor (Vice Chair) Town of Kentville
  • Wendy Donovan, Mayor Town of Wolfville
  • Derek Jamieson, Councillor Town of Berwick
  • Gail Smith, Deputy Mayor Town of Middleton
  • Pat Power, Deputy Mayor Town of Annapolis Royal

Waste Management Authority Minutes

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