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.