Solid waste management in remote Arctic communities

Sharing expertise and leveraging resources in scaling up solid waste management activities.


The project objectives:

  • Strengthened capacity for environmentally sound solid waste and marine debris management in selected Arctic communities in need of solid waste management improvement, as demonstration projects
  • Strengthened cooperation and information sharing among pilot communities based on culturally appropriate communications and management templates,
  • A support function established for assisting communities to participate in and conduct outreach workshops, virtually or in person, in Arctic communities outside the pilot communities in need of solid waste management tools,
  • Strengthened adaptation to the needs of indigenous communities in planning and operation of municipal and regional waste management schemes
  • Strengthened cooperation between local and regional authorities with the indigenous communities on inter alia waste management issues


This project seeks to undertake the following activities:

  • Identify communities to participate in pilot projects, based on Member State and Permanent Participant (PP) selections
  • Survey of existing waste management schemes and their efficiency as well as current regulations and operators in these communities
  • Develop project components, including procurement of contractors for specific activities such as website development, workshop planning, on-site or virtual community level training
  • Conduct an initial workshop with selected pilot communities to review the project goals and requirements and begin development of community workplans, timelines and budget relevant to the planned solid waste improvement activities
  • Conduct community waste site assessments in cooperation with community leaders in selected communities, documenting the location and current condition, types of materials, and needs for improvement
  • Document stories and beliefs among community members, particularly those from elders, to identify potential old and/or hidden waste dumps or sources of pollution
  • Elaborate on a ‘Knowledge Base on Waste Management’ in indigenous communities of the Arctic with information material for environmentally sound solid waste and marine debris management for Arctic communities. The knowledge base should be as well technical/normative as practical with easy to follow tool kits, best practices, fact sheets, case studies, templates for agreements, and guidance on community standards and take into regard traditional and local knowledge, including stories and beliefs
  • Undertake local capacity building activities including community outreach and education, mentor engagement, solid waste improvement planning and implementation (inventory, staging, removal of materials),
  • Appropriate and detailed on-site training for community clean up event and/or solid waste removal,
  • Share lessons learned through e.g. photo presentations, Factsheets, community- to-community seminars/webinars from the ACAP Kola Waste Project,
  • Share best practices of existing remote household waste management systems and hazardous waste handling systems,
  • International Solid Waste Management in Remote Arctic Communities workshop for partners and communities on the outcomes of the project, to include success stories and lessons learned.
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