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Waste Reduction Resources

Composting: Managing Waste & Wildlife in Remote Northern Camps – This is a resource for camp managers to understand and explore the options for composting at remote worksites in Northern Canada.

Composting North of 60 – This booklet was developed to encourage residents of the Northwest Territories to begin composting by providing simple steps and guidelines for both backyard and indoor composting. Included in this booklet are examples of various designs for composting systems and instructions on how to manage and maintain your own unique composting system.

Northern Backyard Farming: Composting – This guide is intended to illustrate the basics of backyard composting and composting using worms.

Yellowknife Sustainable Event Checklist – The Yellowknife Sustainable Event Checklist is designed to help event coordinators plan key activities reducing the environmental impact of the event such as waste reduction and diversion, energy consumption, transportation and provision of NWT water.

Bio-Diesel Project Final Report 2011: In 2009, Yellowknife resident Daniel Gillis began experiments to create biodiesel and use it in his diesel truck and oil stove. Dan surveyed Yellowknife restaurants in early 2010 to determine that about 84,000 litres of used vegetable oil was being produced and landfilled each year. In September of 2010, the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) and Government of the Northwest Territories – Environment and Natural Resources (GNWT-ENR) agreed to fund an expanded biodiesel project that would include renting an appropriate facility and producing biodiesel as a pilot project with the intent of the project eventually becoming a self-sustaining business. This funded project officially began in October 2010. The goals of the project were to create an alternative home heating fuel, divert used vegetable oil (UVO) from the landfill, create a feasible business model, and pass the knowledge of the project on to others.

Feasibility of Composting in Hay River – March 2014: In March 2013, Environment Canada published a report, Technical Document on Municipal Solid Waste Organics Processing that had a target audience of medium to large Canadian municipalities. In the Canadian North, over half the population lives in small- to medium-sized communities outside of the capital cities. Recently, communities such as Hay River, Northwest Territories have expressed a desire to recycle like their southern counterparts and to compost organic residuals such as food and yard wastes. Composting organic materials using paper products as carbon sources presents an opportunity to locally convert more than 60% of the waste stream into a valuable soil amendment. This Feasibility of Centralized Composting in Hay River report builds on this previous work by providing a case study for territorial, provincial and municipal governments, and other decision-makers to increase organics diversion in northern communities.

Feasibility of Composting in Hay River Appendices and Literature Review – March 2014

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