Northwest Territories (NWT) government has released a discussion paper asking citizens which items they think should next be added to recycling programs. Choices on the list include: electronics waste (“e-waste”), lead acid batteries, plastic grocery bags, paper and cardboard, tires, fuel drums, and milk containers. The paper notes that not everything can be added at once.
NWT generates about 317 tonnes of e-waste per year; this is less than one per cent of the total waste stream — but a stream that’s growing three times faster than other waste.
NWT produces about 110 tonnes of waste batteries per year, or 0.3 per cent of the waste stream. Forty tonnes of waste, or 0.1 per cent of the NWT waste stream, are plastic grocery bags. Paper and cardboard add up to 13,320 tonnes of waste and 37 per cent of the waste stream. Tires add up to 450 tonnes of waste and 1.2 per cent of the waste stream. Stockpiled fuel drums amount to 300,000 tonnes of scrap metal. Milk cartons amount to 354 tonnes of waste, or 0.9 per cent of the total waste stream.
The discussion paper is available at: