Solid Waste Management in Small Arctic Communities


Project Title:

Solid Waste Management in Small Arctic Communities

Project Leads:

Canada, Finland, AIA


A new project commencing in the Finnish Chairmanship (2017-2019)

Target Completion Date:

May 2019

Final Project Report May 2019:

Project Summary:

The project goals and deliverables include: 1) an examination of current best practices in solid waste management among the Arctic States; 2) a determination of the potential need for policy actions to address waste management issues; 3) assessing the potential for recycling/reusing plans that will lower waste and provide revenue, building on Indigenous traditions of “nothing wasted, everything used”; 4) an examination of programs to educate communities and raise awareness about waste management and how changes can positively affect them; and 5) an assessment of contaminants issues related to solid waste disposal in the Arctic. This project will operate under the auspices of the SDWG, but will also include close cooperation with ACAP which will provide expertise in articulating contaminants issues related to solid waste handling. In addition, the involvement of the Arctic Economic Council (AEC) will be invaluable in exploring the potential for public/private partnership approaches to waste management.

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Recent Events:

  •  A joint Arctic-Barents seminar on waste management in small communities was held for Helsinki, Finland on Monday 5 November 2018.  Additional information will be posted here once it is available.

Upcoming Events:

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