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    Local governments spent $2.6 billion on waste management in 2008, up from $2.1 billion two years earlier. Of the total, $1.1 billion went to waste collection and transport, $465 million to run disposal facilities and $368 million for tipping fees. From 2006 to 2008, current spending to operate recycling facilities declined 34% to $113 million.

    Municipalities took in $1.8 billion in operating revenues from waste management services in 2008. From 2006 to 2008, full-time employment in the government sector of the waste management industry rose 5% to 7,500 employees.

    Nova Scotia and British Columbia spent the most per person to operate waste disposal facilities—nearly $30 per person, compared with the national average of $14. Nova Scotia led spending on recycling facilities at $8 per person, compared with the national average of $3. Nova Scotia also spent the most to operate organics processing facilities at $9 per person, compared with the national average of $2. In 2008, over 1,031 kg of waste per person was produced in Canada.

    Chart 16.2 Waste management, selected local government expenditures, 2008
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