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Reframing Garbage: Solid Waste Policy Formulation in Nova Scotia


  • Travis Wagner


A series of powerful focusing events established solid waste as a national problem in Canada and a provincial and local problem in Nova Scotia. The traditional approach, expanding and improving disposal options, was rejected at the provincial and local levels. Instead, both levels simultaneously developed and implemented policies that focused on maximizing the recovery of solid waste. In both cases, crucial to policy adoption was the reframing of solid waste from a useless by-product to a valuable economic resource. This reframing was the result of the intervention of powerful policy actors, environmental justice concerns, media attention, a n d the sustained presence of the issue on the agenda. This case study provides important lessons to governments interested in developing an alternative policy for solid waste other than the traditional disposalreliance paradigm.

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  • Travis Wagner, 2007. "Reframing Garbage: Solid Waste Policy Formulation in Nova Scotia," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 33(4), pages 459-476, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:33:y:2007:i:4:p:459-476

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    1. Donald N. Dewees & Michael J. Hare, 1998. "Economic Analysis of Packaging Waste Reduction," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 24(4), pages 453-470, December.
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