Now Introducing: Tundra Take-Back Plus!
Each Indigenous community is unique. And that means each community requires tailored services.
That’s why we’ve started Tundra Take-Back Plus: a timely expansion of our regular program that provides a range of customizable waste management services and training projects — all based on each community’s specific needs.
Through TTB Plus, communities will be better equipped to:
- Stockpile and prepare hazardous pollutants for removal, in accordance with Transportation of Dangerous Goods regulations,
- Develop sustainable waste management plans,
- Create metal management and sorting infrastructure,
- Handle liquid and hazardous waste consolidation,
- Manage “white goods” (i.e., air conditioners, fridges, freezers, etc.) properly,
- Access end-of-life vehicle (ELV) depollution toolkits and required tools,
- Design new garages and new garage layouts,
- Understand how hazardous waste and materials can damage environments,
- Write proposals, request funding, and connect to key stewardship programs,
- Clean up regions after emergencies (including the decommissioning of appliances after forest fires),
- Participate in ELV and/or appliance depollution workshops, and
- Register and complete relevant certifications for the Transportation of Dangerous Goods, Ozone Depletion Prevention, WHMIS, and beyond.
Want to know more? Talk to us today about Tundra Take-Back Plus and all that we can offer!
Piloted in Nunavut in 2014, Tundra Take-Back was funded by an Environment Canada grant and over 15 private-sector partners that serve northern communities. It was designed to be a practical skill development program that empowers local communities to clean up metal dumps, and in doing so, keep toxic pollutants out of the environment. These pollutants include mercury, lead, PCBs, antifreeze, solvents, acids, fuels, oils, and ozone depleting substances.
In its first year of operations, Tundra Take-Back had a special focus on recycling and extracting ELVs as well as a number of provincially regulated extended producer responsibility products, such as tires, batteries and used oil. The program trained and employed ten Nunavummiut who then removed 31 tonnes of hazardous waste and recyclable scrap metals from the communities of Arviat and Gjoa Haven. In addition to these measurable results, the program also gathered important lessons on how to improve waste management efforts in northern and remote communities.
Building on the success of the pilot, Scout has continued to expand the program to include other products, including white goods and heavy equipment, and has delivered the program in an additional twelve communities across Canada, from British Columbia to Northern Labrador.
Tundra Take-Back has three interrelated areas of focus, which work in combination to create immediate, noticeable differences at dumpsites and to transition communities toward managing their waste sustainably going forward, thus contributing to the overall sustainability of the communities.
Three Areas of Focus
Transfer of recycling, waste management and backhaul management skills to local community members through a combination of in-class and in-field training, to increase the sustainability of the initiative as local community members can continue with the work independently, long after the project concludes. To effectively transfer skills to community members, Scout develops customized Tundra Take-Back materials and resources that are unique to the region, ensuring that they meet the needs of the province or territory in which the program is being delivered. The program exclusively hires locals to receive the training, which is delivered directly by recycling professionals.
Prevent toxic pollutants in dump sites from entering the environment through decommissioning dumped end-of-life products (vehicles, appliances, heavy equipment, recreational vehicles) and their components (batteries, fuels, mercury switches, lead, lubricants, antifreeze, refrigerants, oils, and PCBs) to a high environmental standard. These end-of-life products are then packaged and labeled to meet Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act (1992) standards.
Support the development of ongoing waste management systems for isolated communities by partnering with key businesses and organizations that have a role to play in ongoing, cost-effective recovery, and developing solutions that leverage local capacity and are easily replicable.eo.