Solid waste site and hazardous waste management is a common challenge for First Nations and other rural communities. TSAG’s Solid Waste Site and Hazardous Waste Management Program provides classroom-style training for operators and public works directors as well as provides networking opportunities for building partnerships and increasing access to resources.
Current courses (delivered in partnership with Edmonton Waste Management Centre for Excellence):
- Solid waste site safety for First Nations (March and November 2014)
- Solid waste diversion and transfer site management (Scheduled for: March 17-19 2015)
Household hazardous waste management for First Nations (2011, 2012, 2013).
Household hazardous waste is any sort of waste that could potentially be harmful to people or the environment. This includes used oil, antifreeze, household cleaners and batteries. Hazardous wastes contain one or more of the following symbols:
Electronic waste (e-waste) includes old TVs, computers, printers and computer accessories. Many electronics contain heavy metals such as mercury, lead and cadmium that are known neurotoxins that have been linked to different diseases and developmental delays.
Both hazardous and e-waste contain toxic chemicals that can harm the environment. Most community dumps are not properly equipped to sort and decontaminate these types of chemicals. When exposed to the elements over time, these chemicals can contaminate soil and nearby water bodies as well as things that live in them or depend on them for food and water.
Safely collect and dispose of household hazardous waste and e-waste. It is easy for communities to host their own hazardous waste and e-waste roundup! Roundups are one-time events that include the collection and removal of household hazardous waste and electronic waste. These events are community-wide and can be used as an education and outreach tool to increase environmental stewardship.
Roundups in Alberta are coordinated through Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA). Roundup registration forms are found in the roundup program guide . The guide lists several options of waste and paint collection companies that you can work with for waste sorting and transport. The guide also includes information on running a joint roundup (e-waste, household hazardous waste, and paint) and expense reimbursement options to offset the cost of the event. Alberta Recycling can be contacted for more information (ph: 1-888-999-8762; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Additionally, First Nation bands that regularly collect large amounts of electronic waste, used tires, and paint can register as collectors with Alberta Recycling Management Authority to facilitate waste pick-ups (see links on the side bar).
TSAG partnered with Piikani Nation, AANDC and Alberta Recycling Management Authority and hosted a household hazardous waste and e-waste roundup on March 6 2012 at the Piikani transfer station.
TSAG hosted a community barbeque with hotdogs and hot chocolate. Community members bringing eligible waste were entered into a draw to win prizes.
Piikani Public Works staff helped organize and promote the event. In addition to household hazardous waste and e-waste, Piikani Nation arranged for the collection of expired veterinary medication and biomedical waste. Piikani Nation advertised through newspaper and radio station ads, as well as distribution of posters and flyers.