The Solid Waste Management in Remote Arctic Communities project seeks to cooperate with local, regional, and national governments, community leaders and solid waste management experts, to leverage available resources and scale up best practices that contribute to resilient and healthier Arctic communities. This umbrella project seeks to provide a number of in-person and online resources to address the unique needs of Arctic communities, from planning to implementation of solid waste management practices. Infrastructure improvements and in-community education and training on maintenance operation for these improvements are a high priority. Coordination with local solid waste management liaisons is crucial to retain a strong and respected field presence with local communities throughout this project.
The project’s overall objectives include:
Main outcomes of the larger project include completion of solid waste clean-up pilot projects in 3-5 Arctic communities that can be used as best practices for other circumpolar communities tackling similar solid waste management challenges. The project involves full and active participation by community leaders, mentorships, sharing of best practices among pilot communities throughout the project as well as leaving in place mechanisms for developing and maintaining community standards.
This project builds on the 2018 SDWG desk study “Best Waste Management Practices for Small and Remote Arctic Communities,” the outcomes of the 2016 ACAP workshop “Sharing Approaches on Community Solid and Hazardous Management Within Arctic Indigenous Communities” (Nome, Alaska 2016), and the results from the first phase of the ACAP Kola Waste Project. In February 2020, Crown Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada funded a workshop hosted by Aleut International Association to bring together experts to help scope out the next phase of the solid waste project.