Communities across remote regions of Canada are facing challenges in dealing with dumpsites, which have been accumulating for decades and contain a number of hazardous wastes.
In addition to leeching toxins into the environment, these dumpsites pose costly hazards, are major eyesores and they encroach on land needed for sustainable community development.
Scout Environmental understands that many Indigenous communities in the country face challenges in managing waste, particularly large items like end-of-life vehicles (ELVs), heavy equipment and white goods.
A History of Vehicle Recycling
Scout became aware of the challenges facing northern and remote dumpsites in 2009, while researching opportunities to expand the federal vehicle recycling program, Retire Your Ride, to the territories. Upon gaining an understanding of the extent and seriousness of dumpsites across the Canadian North, Scout secured funding to run two studies that focused on solutions for northern waste management issues; Stakeholders for Solutions and Assessing Capacity: Northern NGOS and Waste Management in Canada.
Research revealed that vehicle recycling and waste management in general poses significant challenges in the north and that these challenges are not only being faced in the territories, but in remote and coastal regions of provinces as well. Through this research, Scout engaged a diverse group of representatives from industry, government and Indigenous groups, to form a practical solution. The result was the inspiration for Tundra Take-Back.
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