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Tundra Take-Back is a practical skill development program that empowers local communities to clean up metal dumps, and in doing so, to keep toxic pollutants out of the environment. The program, developed with the support of the Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC), was piloted in 2014 in two communities in Nunavut, Canada’s northernmost territory, and has since been expanded nationally.
Each year, tonnes of vehicles, appliances and other consumer goods are shipped to Canada’s northern and remote communities, never to return. These products make their way into uncontrolled dump sites, which threaten communities by leaching a range of toxins into the land, water and air.
The first goal of Tundra Take-Back is to transfer recycling, waste management and backhaul management skills to local community members. This approach increases the sustainability of the initiative as local community members can continue with the work independently, long after the project concludes. The training program includes in-class and in-field components, through which community hires learn practical skills directly from recycling professionals.
There are two facets of the Tundra Take-Back program that are innovative given the technological standards and social conditions: the focus on building local capacity rather than relying on outside experts is a new approach to metal waste management in the north, as is the adaptation of standard auto recycling best practices to the northern context using manual tools and a low-tech approach. Scout chose to prioritize a capacity building approach in order to ensure that each community’s needs are met.