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Tundra Take-Back Nunatsiavut

Tundra Take-Back Nunatsiavut

End-of-Life Vehicle and Sustainable Waste Management

Building on the success of the 2014 pilot, we partnered with the Government of Nunatsiavut in 2015 and 2016 to deliver the program in all five communities in the Nunatsiavut region of Labrador, and expanded the scope to include end-of-life appliance decommissioning as well as ELV depollution.

Tundra Take-Back Nunatsiavut: End-of-Life Vehicle and Sustainable Waste Management is part of the Sustainable Communities Initiative, and addresses the goal of maximizing the use of existing dump space, diverting significant amounts of waste through scrap metal collection and hazardous waste disposal. The project will feed into the regional waste management planning process, and the training component of this project will increase capacity within Nunatsiavut communities. Specifically, with the support of the Nunatsiavut Government, Scout (formerly Summerhill Impact) recruited volunteers from the Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) and other industry partners, to train local hires to depollute end-of-life vehicles and decommission end-of-life appliances. The vehicle hulks, scrap steel and pollutants will then be shipped out of the communities for responsible recycling and management.

Financial support has been provided by Nunatsiavut Government’s Sustainable Communities Initiative, Inuit Pathways, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada’s Land and Economic Development Services Program (LEDSP), the Automotive Recyclers of Canada and supporters of Scout’s Tundra Take-Back crowdfunding campaign. In-kind support has been provided by Nain, Hopedale, Postville, Makkovik, and Rigolet Inuit Community Governments, Nunatsiavut Government, and the Nain Research Centre. The Tundra Take-Back model was developed by Scout, which continues to provide program delivery expertise.


End-of-Life Vehicles in the North

Program Results

  • 293 ELVs depolluted;
  • 233 fridges/freezers and 779 other appliances decommissioned;
  • Approx. 623 208-litre drums drained and crushed;
  • 98 diesel tanks drained and crushed;
  • 88 208-litre drums of oil, spent gasoline and antifreeze;
  • 2 1/4 tanks of mixed refrigerants;
  • Over 250 tires, and;
  • Approximately 50 mercury switches and 2.5 small buckets of lead wheel weights.


We have released an update version of our Northern ELV recycling guidebook, customized for Nunatsiavut!

This guide was designed to be a practical and easy-to-follow resource for organizations and local governments that are thinking about recycling vehicles in Northern and remote areas, and now also includes easy-to-follow instructions for appliance decommissioning as well.

ELV and Appliance Recycling GuideQuick Reference ELV Recycling GuideQuick Reference Appliance Recycling Guide

Protecting the Land – A Practical Guide to ELV and Sustainable Waste Management in Nunatsiavut