Facilitating Sustainable Waste Management in a Northern Community and Resource Development Context at Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador

Lay Summary 

Using the case study of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, this project will investigate the economic impacts of nearby resource development on sustainable waste management by northern communities. The primary aim will be to understand and maximize benefits (for example, from increased landfill revenue) while remaining aware of costs. Analysis will be based on community-specific data and consultations with local experts, combined with broader expertise on northern and rural waste management. Project methods and results will be made generally applicable across the north, as much as possible, through extensive literature reviews and comparisons with other sites and communities. Specific results will also inform scientific research on leachate and greenhouse gases produced at the landfill.

Departments 
Labrador Institute
Environmental Studies
Funding 
Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic ($40,000)
Communities 
Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Locations 
Newfoundland and Labrador
Themes 
Natural Resources
Waste Management
Industry Sectors 
Waste Collection
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
Start date 
1 Sep 2017
End date 
31 Mar 2018
Partner Organization 
Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Healthy Waters Labrador
Hickey Construction