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Experience Canada’s north through Tundra Take-Back program

August 18, 2016   HPAC Magazine

Have you or your staff ever wanted to experience Canada’s North?  Now is your chance. The Tundra Take-Back program is in urgent need of volunteers for a vehicle and appliance recycling project this September. The program will be in four communities: Postville, Makkovik and Rigolet in Nunatsiavut and Kangirsuk in Nunavik. According to a release from the group, this trip of a lifetime would be a great way to reward an adventurous dismantler for their hard work.

Tundra Take-Back is a pilot program designed to de-pollute and recycle scrap vehicles and appliances found in Canada’s North. In the Far North, there are barriers to properly recycling vehicles and appliances, including a lack of recycling infrastructure, a lack of training and the high cost of shipping south for recycling.

This summer, a team led by Scout Environment (SE) will help address these problems in four communities: Postville, Makkovik and Rigolet in the Nunatsiavut region of Labrador and Kangirsuk in the Nunavik region of Quebec. Scout and the recyclers will work together to train a group of local hires on the safest way to depollute vehicles and appliances using the materials and techniques available in the North.

After a half-day of in-class training, the team will move to the local metal dump to gain hands-on experience in depolluting vehicles and appliances, and then preparing the products for recycling. Appliance recyclers need to have experience removing pollutants, such as refrigerants, mercury switches, mineral oil, etc. from appliances, and must have their ODP certificate.

Travel costs, food, and accommodations in the community are funded. The exact dates will be worked out when travel is booked, but the approximate timing is as follows:
Community 1: September 7-17
Community 2: September 7-17
Community 3: September 12-23
Community 4: September 7-23

Appliance recyclers will join the group for five days. Scout has run this program in five communities since 2014. For more information contact Shelby Kerbel at skerbel@scoutenvironmental.com.

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