Dease Lake residents and commercial businesses can now participate in waste management recycling as part of a pilot project being led by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) in cooperation with other government agencies.
Cardboard, paper, newspaper, magazines, plastic and metal food, cleaning and household containers are among the items that can be recycled at the Dease Lake landfill. Residents and businesses have been provided with special bins for recycled materials. They take their waste to the landfill as normal, but now deposit the recycled items in bins dedicated to paper, containers, tin, mixed paper and card board. The recyclables are then transported to the recycling depot in Smithers. Regular garbage is now deposited in a bin near the recycling sorting area, which is later transferred to the existing pit.
As the recycling system gains momentum, it will increase recycling and composting opportunities in the community, reducing landfill volumes and environmental impacts. The program goal is to operate a waste management system that aligns with Regional District of Kitimat Stikine and provincial guidelines. Moving forward, the project team will be examining in more depth how commercial waste is managed.
The initiative was launched to improve the local region’s waste management system while supporting environmental sustainability and strengthening access recycling services. Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) funds the BC First Nations Solid Waste Program to enable communities to move to sustainable waste management systems. Working as a team, local community representatives with support from professional planners and engineers, develop solutions in cooperation with nearby communities, Regional Districts, service providers and product stewards.
The project team held several community meetings in Dease Lake over the past two years to discuss the initiative. A mail out for the pilot project informing residents of the newly implemented landfill hours was sent in advance of the mid-March launch and an update was shared in April.
The Tahltan Nation recently joined the program. TNDC is pleased to participate in this important program, which will help reduce our corporate environmental footprint.
Sandi Griffiths, District Operations Manager for MoTI in the Bulkley-Stikine region, is leading the program and says it is off to a good start. “I am pleased with the progress we have made at the landfill so far and appreciate the efforts and cooperation shown by the members of the community. Several Mega-Bags have been sent to the Smithers Recycling Depot and they are impressed with the sorting and cleanliness of the items. Hats off to the community members for their diligence and cooperation.”
Sodexo Canada has been a partner with TNDC since 2002, providing complete camp management through Spatsizi Remote Services. During this time we have worked on many projects, and employed many Tahltan members. It’s been very positive, and the business relationships have formed long lasting personal and business friendships.Ivor MacGregorVice President, Operations, Sodexo Canada Ltd.
I’ve worked in several areas during my 11+ years with TNDC, and it’s been a great company to work for. It is well run, well respected, and has played a vital role in the growth and stability of the Nation. It’s a great source of pride and resource for the Tahltan people, and I’m proud to be a part of it.Carol DanielsonAccounts Manager, TNDC
Ledcor recognized the benefits offered through the Tahltan’s local expertise and experience, and welcomed the opportunity to involve community members in projects. We established Tahltan-Ledcor Joint Venture back in 1991 when we managed construction on the Eskay Creek mine. We value the partnership with TNDC and look forward to the opportunities ahead within Tahltan traditional territory.Rodger McLeanPast Business Development & Aboriginal Relations Manager, Ledcor
We’ve had many projects in Tahltan territory through our Rescan Tahltan Environmental Consultants (RTEC) partnership, and the experience has been excellent. TNDC’s management team has been an honorable and knowledgeable group to work with. They always look at ways to make things work, and we have developed lasting friendships. It’s been an honour to work together.Clem Pelletierformer CEO, Rescan Group
We’ve completed a number of projects though our FrontierMEDEX Tahltan Ltd. partnership since we became a partner back in 2007. It’s been extremely positive. TNDC has been terrific to work with and we’re looking forward to continuing to build the business partnership.Ryan SteilPast General Manger, Canada, FrontierMEDEX Canada Ltd.
TNDC is successful because of the dedicated staff and skilled workers. The support of the Tahltan leaders and the TNDC board is crucial to the success of the company. Being President of TNDC has been the most rewarding job in my career. I look forward to my continuing involvement with all of the staff.Bill AdsitPast President, TNDC