Waste Reduction and Recycling Initiative Grant Program

November 20, 2014

Do you have an idea to reduce, reuse or recycle waste in your community?

The Waste Reduction and Recycling Initiative provides up to $25,000.00 in financial assistance to NWT-based municipalities, schools, organizations, businesses and individuals to complete projects that support one or more of the following goals:

  • Reduce the amount of waste generated in our communities;
  • Reuse materials and products, rather than discard them;
  • Recycle materials which are not already collected through a NWT recycling program;
  • Recover a useful benefit from waste; and
  • Dispose of hazardous wastes in an environmentally sound manner, when reduce, reuse, recycle and recover options are not possible.

In 2014, 8 successful projects across the NWT received a total of $143,603.00 in funding.  The projects are at various stages of completion and anticipated to achieve their target goals by April 2015.

Some of the initiatives include: a recycling centre in Dettah, poultry manure composting in Hay River, and shredding tires for reuse in Fort Smith, Hay River and Yellowknife. This is the first time many of these projects have been attempted in the NWT. These trailblazers are inspiring other municipalities and organizations to think of unique, alternative ways to reduce, reuse and recycle waste! Click here to read more about the successful projects.

Where does the funding come from?

Revenue generated from the Beverage Container Program and the Single-Use Retail Bag Program is deposited into a fund called the Environment Fund. The Environment Fund is used exclusively to operate waste reduction programs.  $150,000.00 is available specifically for the Waste Reduction and Recycling Initiative annually. 

How do I apply for funding?

The 2015-2016 Funding Guidelines and Application Forms will be posted by November 30, 2014.  Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2015.

If you have questions about the Waste Reduction and Recycling Initiative, or are interested in submitting an application, please contact Shannon Ripley at Shannon_Ripley@gov.nt.ca or (867) 920-6591.  ENR staff will be happy to help you complete your application!