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GNWT creating new waste management programs

The GNWT will be creating as many as five waste reduction and diversion programs over the next decade.

Working with the Waste Resource Advisory Panel and the Waste Reduction and Recovery Advisory Committee, they have identified three priorities for new waste management programming in the NWT.

The three materials identified as priorities are used oil, electronics and electrical products, and tires.

Minister of ENR Shane Thompson says these priorities were identified after assessing the human and environmental health impacts of landfilling and the feasibility of diversion programming for various materials.

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“These three waste management priorities represent our commitment to finding ways to help northerners better manage waste in their communities, keep resources out of landfills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” he adds.

Thompson says the next step is research and development to identify the best approach for each program.

The new programs will be created to address these priority areas for the NWT and will be launching over the next three years.

An expanded electronics recycling pilot program will begin in select communities in September 2021.

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