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.

Waste, and how we manage it, can impact the quality of our land, air and water, as well as the health of wildlife, plants, ecosystems and people living in the NWT.

Who is involved?

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

How will we get there? 

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 received will be summarized in a What We Heard document (available May 2018) and will be used to draft the Strategy and supporting implementation plan.

What will the Strategy include?

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 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 address both residential and non-residential sources of waste.

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 GHG emissions and the consumption of resources needed to make products used by government.

What are the next steps?

The GNWT will continue working with community governments, Indigenous governments and organizations, and key stakeholders to gather input as it drafts the Strategy. The What We Heard document will be distributed to interested groups in May 2018. If you would like to receive a copy of this document once it is complete please email us at wastestrategy@gov.nt.ca or call 867-767-9236 ext. 53176.

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.