Iqaluit to get waste management upgrade

IQALUIT –Close to $35 million in joint funding has been allocated to to improve Iqaluit’s solid waste management. The federal government is providing more than $26.2 million for this project and the City of Iqaluit is providing over $8.7 million.

Federal funding for the City of Iqaluit’s new Solid Waste Facilities project comes from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan.

“I am pleased to be able to announce that our City will have the waste management system that it so desperately needs,” said Madeleine Redfern, Iqaluit mayor. “I know the community of Iqaluit will be tremendously relieved to see action being taken to protect our wildlife and environment. This is a great step forward in Iqaluit’s development as the capital of Nunavut and as a Canadian Arctic city.”

This project includes replacing the City’s existing landfill, which has reached the end of its useful life. The City of Iqaluit will construct a new landfill that is essential to the health and safety of the community and the protection of the surrounding environment.

The project includes the development of a new recycling and eco-centre, composting, and new methods of waste collection for residential, commercial and industrial waste. Funding will also be used for the construction of a road to the landfill and the decommissioning of the existing site.

This much-anticipated project will help improve the efficiency and standard of solid waste management in Iqaluit while reducing the environmental impact, including greenhouse gas emissions, and improving the City’s air quality.

“The Government of Canada is proud to invest in infrastructure improvements that contribute to Iqaluit’s economy, help to protect the environment and enhance the quality of life for Northern Canadians,” said François-Philippe Champagne, federal minister of infrastructure and communities. This new project will improve the way solid waste is processed and reduce environmental impacts for all residents for generations to come.”