Waste Resource Management Strategy

What is the Waste Resource Management Strategy?

The Government of the Northwest Territories is developing a Waste Resource Management Strategy (the Strategy) to serve as a 10-year road map for improving waste resource management throughout the NWT.

The proposed Strategy has four overarching goals:

  1. Prevent and reduce waste generated at the source;
  2. Divert waste disposed in landfills;
  3. Improve waste management facilities and practices; and 
  4. Lead by example – Greening the Government of the Northwest Territories.

These goals are based on the waste management hierarchy and are intended to foster a shift away from the current disposal model to an integrated waste management approach, which will reduce the amount of waste from residential and non-residential sources sent to a landfill. It will mean putting more effort into preventing the creation of waste and diverting waste from landfills by reusing and recycling materials. The Strategy will also focus on improving the management of waste sent to landfills to minimize negative impacts.

The Strategy will also include Greening the GNWT. This will include making improvements to government day-to-day operations to reduce the generation of waste and greenhouse gas emissions and the consumption of resources needed to make products used by government.

How is the Strategy being developed?

Waste management is a shared responsibility and improving waste management in the NWT will require a collaborative approach.

To start conversations about what NWT communities wanted included in the Strategy, the GNWT developed a Discussion Paper outlining proposed principles, goals and priority areas for the Strategy. All NWT community governments, Indigenous governments and organizations, and key stakeholders were invited to participate in regional meetings and open houses held in Inuvik, Fort Simpson, Norman Wells, Yellowknife, Hay River, and Fort Smith in January and February 2018. From December 2017 to March 2018, the public was also invited to provide feedback through an online survey.

All input from the public engagements has been summarized in a What We Heard document and will be used to draft the Strategy and supporting implementation plan.

Solutions for improving how we manage waste need to involve and consider the diverse interests of all groups producing and managing waste, including community governments, Indigenous governments and organizations, other key stakeholders and the public.The GNWT will continue to gather input as it drafts the Strategy. 

Where can I find out more?

  • Read the Discussion Paper to learn more about the proposed principles, goals and priority areas for the Strategy and ideas for actions under each of the priority areas
  • Read What We Heard during public engagement on the development of a Strategy