In partnership with FAFN, CIER (Kate Cave, Project Manager) and Summerhill Impact have been working on a pilot project to remove end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) from FAFN. This pilot project is an important step for FAFN in contributing towards the development of a long-term FAFN Waste Management Plan. This initiative is particularly unique for three reasons.
(1) The project has built capacity by training three FAFN heavy equipment operators in preparing ELVs for transport. A volunteer auto recycling expert joined the team in FAFN to provide hands-on training. Individuals learned transferable skills in de-polluting vehicles and transporting hazardous waste (e.g., fluids, mercury switches, lead wheel weights, and car batteries) and properly documenting the recycling process.
(2) It has provided the opportunity to raise community awareness on the relevance of waste management and environmental issues for community sustainability and prepare members for potential new waste management practices. During two community visits, the project partners held meetings, spoke informally to community members and circulated a survey to understand the current level of awareness and waste management practices. This information will support the development of a needs assessment with recommendations for a FAFN Waste Management Plan that could include ongoing ELV removal, recycling, composting and/or white goods programs, and special waste days (e.g., hazardous waste days, environmental clean-ups, white goods collection).
(3) This pilot project will also establish a draft framework for ELV projects in other Indigenous communities accessible by winter road.
This project has been financially supported by the Automotive Recyclers of Canada’s Grants in Gear initiative and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada’s Lands and Economic Development Program. For further information or if your community is interested in waste management initiatives please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your needs and opportunities.