Tundra Take-Back is designed to de-pollute and recycle end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) found in Canada’s North. Unmanaged ELVs contain harmful pollutants and occupy significant space within community dumpsites. They are rarely recycled due to the complicated and costly process of shipping, but what goes up must come down!
During the 2014 pilot year, Scout (formerly Summerhill Impact) worked alongside vehicle recycling professionals, government, industry partners and members of two Nunavut communities to decommission 80 ELVs. This environmental health initiative will protect water quality and improve local capacity for pollution prevention.
This project removed thousands of kilograms of waste, including:
This pilot project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the federal Department of the Environment, and the coordinated and considerable commitment of other key partners, including:
“Arctic Co-operatives Limited is proud to partner with Summerhill Impact (Scout) on this important project, which will result in positive environmental benefits for the people within the Co-op communities we serve. Indeed, we regard our participation in this project as an opportunity to actively reflect Co-op principles and values of social consciousness and Concern for Community.”
– Duane Wilson, VP, Merchandising & Logistics Division of Arctic Co-operatives Limited
“The Tundra Take-Back project is an exciting project to be involved with, as it mutually beneficial for those living in that area and for Gerdau. It encourages environmentally sustainable recycling practices in Canada’s northern regions, and provides scrap metal for our company to recycle and transform into new products. Though Gerdau usually sources recycled scrap metal within a 200-mile radius of our steel mills, this project was a great opportunity to contribute to clean up in the North. We are pleased to be able to contribute to this important initiative, and demonstrate our commitment to sustainability.“
– Bob Downie, Regional Environmental Manager, Gerdau Steel
“We’re excited to be part of the Tundra Take-Back, This is an innovative and important pilot project and we would like to congratulate and thank everyone involved. As a travel partner, we’re simply enabling them to carry out their important work for the benefit of our Northern communities.“
– Peter McCart, VP, Sales and Marketing, Canadian North