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Waste Reduction and Recycling Initiative Funding

Past successful projects - WRRI

2016-2017 Project Summaries

Seven projects delivered by partner organizations and governments were chosen to receive funding through the Northwest Territories (NWT) Waste Reduction and Recycling Initiative (WRRI) in 2016-17.

Hazardous Materials Removal

The Hamlets of Aklavik and Paulatuk will responsible remove and ship hazardous materials from their respective community landfills for recycling. The WRRI contribution for the Hamlet of Aklavik is $24,000; the Hamlet of Paulatuk is $27,000.

Bulky Materials Removal

The Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk and the Yellowknives Dene First Nation will collect, remove and responsibly recycle bulky materials and tires from their communities and landfills. The WRRI contribution for the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk is $20,000; the Yellowknives Dene First Nation will receive $5,000.

Compost Facility and Demonstration Site

Hay River's Northern Farm Training Institute is building a compost facility to recover local food waste, paper and cardboard. This facility will include a compost learning and training site, where up to 50 NWT residents a year will be trained to set up local compost progrms. The WRRI contribution is $35,000.

Cardboard Recycling and Centralized Composting Program

Range Lake North School in Yellowknife will implement a cardboard recycling and centralized composting program with strong social and educational components. The WRRI contribution is $1,500.

Collection of Paper and Food Waste

The Hay River Committee for Persons with Disabilities is hiring and training a disabled youth to collect paper and food waste from local businesses. Once a week, the paper and food waste will be delivered to the Northern Farm Institute to be composted and used as feeding and bedding for the animals. The WRRI contribution is $8,500.

Expansion of the ReStore

Habitat for Humanity has contructed a ReStore adjacent to the City of Yellowknife's Solide waste Facility to collect building materials and other recyclable items for re-sale. The ReStore estimates it will keep hundreds of tons of waste out of the Yellowknife landfill each year. The expansion of the project will greatly increase the quantity of goods the ReStore can accept. The WRRI contribution is $16,000.

Waste Reduction and Compost Program

Through the Waste Reduction and Compost Program, the Yellowknife Farmers Market reduced waste by up to 80% at its weekly summer market. The program eliminated all single-use serving containers and cutlery and encouraged the public to compost and use reusable dishware. There was also an educational component surrounding waste reduction and composting. The WRRI contribution is $13,000.

2015-2016 Project Summaries

Nine projects delivered by partner organizations and governments were chosen to receive funding through the Northwest Territories (NWT) Waste Reduction and Recycling Initiative (WRRI) in 2015-16.

Reduction of Food Waste Generated in Schools

The Food First Foundation reduced food waste in school cooking and food programs across the NWT by providing tools, skills and training. This helped reduce the purchase of packaging, increase the use of reusable dishes and start school compost projects.  The WRRI contribution was $5,000.

Construction of a ReStore

Habitat for Humanity has constructed a ReStore adjacent to the City of Yellowknife’s Solid Waste Facility to collect building materials and other recyclable items for re-sale. The ReStore estimates it will keep hundreds of tons of waste out of the Yellowknife landfill each year. The WRRI contribution was $22,500.

Hazardous Materials Removal

The Hamlet of Aklavik, Hamlet of Fort Providence and Tsiigehtchic Charter Community responsibly removed and shipped hazardous and bulky materials from their community landfills for recycling and safe disposal. The Hamlet of Aklavik removed 116 fridges and freezers, 328 drums of used oil and hazardous waste for reuse and recycling.  The WRRI contributions for the Hamlet of Aklavik and the Hamlet of Fort Providence were $23,575 each Tsiigehtchic Charter Community received $17,500.

Waste Reduction Program

Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation, in collaboration with Ecology North and Wilfred Laurier University, developed a recycling program for Kakisa, as it was an identified priority in the community. The WRRI contribution was $10,000.

Centralized Composting Program

École J.H. Sissons School in Yellowknife implemented a centralized composting program, which includes strong social and educational components. The WRRI contribution was $289.

Waste Management and Reduction Plan

The Town of Fort Smith completed a Waste Management and Reduction Plan to guide future waste reduction and diversion initiatives in Fort Smith. The WRRI contribution was $20,000.

Community Recycling Centre

The Yellowknives Dene First Nation built a recycling centre in N'dilo to collect recyclables for shipment to the City of Yellowknife facility. The recycling centre includes a hazardous waste collection area. The WRRI contribution was $6,350.

2014-2015 Project Summaries

Seven projects delivered by partner organizations and governments were chosen to receive funding through the Northwest Territories (NWT) Waste Reduction and Recycling Initiative (WRRI) in 2014-2015.

Safe Recycling of Used Oil

The Community Government of Behchokǫ̀ has removed and safely recycled 4,800 litres of used oil stored at the Public Works yard in Behchokǫ̀. Residents dropped off over 30 barrels of used oil for safe recycling. The WRRI contribution was $3,900.

Community Recycling Centre

The Yellowknives Dene First Nation set up a satellite recycling centre and household hazardous waste collection area in Dettah. Recyclable materials and household hazardous waste were collected, safely stored, and transported to local processors for safe recycling or disposal. The WRRI contribution was $9,503.

Shredding Tires into Tire Derived Aggregate

The City of Yellowknife used an industrial shredder to shred tires into Tire Derived Aggregate, a material used to construct semi-permanent roads and ramps.  This project resulted in 20,000 tires being shredded. The WRRI contribution was $7,500.

Poultry Manure Composting

The Hay River Poultry Manure Composting Project was started by Ecology North in conjunction with Choice North Poultry Barn. By combining paper products and poultry manure, the composting facility will produce safe and marketable finished compost. The WRRI contribution was $19,800.

Repurposing Discarded Clothing

The Hay River Committee for Persons with Disabilities trained clients to repurpose discarded clothing into sewing and craft supplies for sale at the local Fall Fair and winter markets. The WRRI contribution was $10,000.

Youth Workshop to Make Musical Instruments

Canadian Parents for French offered a free bilingual workshop in June 2014 to facilitate Yellowknife youth in making musical instruments from recycled materials. The WRRI contribution was $400.

Electronics Refurbishing

Computers for Schools refurbished used electronics not collected through an NWT recycling program that would otherwise be discarded. The project used parts from 1000 machines to create 500 modern, fully functional computers for use across the NWT. The WRRI contribution was $25,000.