MLA pushes for waste incinerators in Clyde River, Qikiqtarjuaq
Both communities are dealing with excess of waste, says Mary Killiktee
To deal with an excess of landfill waste in Clyde River and Qikiqtarjuaq, MLA Mary Killiktee is pressing the Government of Nunavut to consider starting an incinerator pilot project in those communities.
“There is not enough space, and we do need help from the government to make sure that we dispose of garbage and metal properly,” Killiktee said at the legislature Friday.
She asked Minister of Community and Government Services David Joanasie to consider committing to a pilot project that would bring small-scale incinerators to Clyde River and Qikiqtarjuaq.
Joanasie responded, stating the Community and Government Services Department can consider, but not commit to such a project.
At a legislative committee meeting May 27, deputy minister of community and government services Kyle Seeley said his department is examining possibly bringing small-scale incinerators to communities.
He said it is also considering a pilot project for shipping out waste from communities such as old cars, to a place where it can be recycled. The purpose, he said, would be to extend the lifespan of landfills in communities.
Finding ways to address the overflow of regular and metal waste is an issue the Hamlet of Clyde River has been examining for several years, its senior administrative officer Jerry Natanine told Nunatsiaq News.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic started, there was supposed to be consultation between Clyde River and a representative from the GN on how to deal with metal waste and regular garbage, Natanine said.
Since metal waste has to be separated, there are plenty of old vehicles in Clyde River that need to be disposed of, he said. The hamlet has a separation program in place.
Natanine said the problem worsens when there is an overflow of regular garbage, because the wind carries it away onto the ice and surrounding land.
While the hamlet has a fence to prevent garbage from blowing away, snow and blizzards in Clyde River tend to break it every season, Natanine said.
“If we had an incinerator, it wouldn’t be a problem,” he said.
To deal with its excess of metal waste, the hamlet is considering sending all its old vehicles to a company in Iqaluit for crushing, Natanine said.
Killiktee also asked Joanasie if the GN would consider a pilot project to ship out metal waste in Clyde River and Qikiqtarjuaq.
Joanasie said his department will make sure a pilot project happens in a community, but couldn’t guarantee it will be in Clyde River or Qikiqtarjuaq.