Solid Waste Management in Small Arctic Communities

Providing in-person and online resources to address the unique needs of Arctic communities, from planning to implementation of solid waste management practices.


  1. Identify and engage with 3-5 remote Arctic communities in need of solid waste/marine debris improvements. Based on pre-project scoping candidate communities have been identified in the United States, Canada, and the Russian Federation
  2. Plan and conduct community waste site assessments in cooperation with community leaders in selected communities
  3. Develop detailed pilot community workplans for applying and achieving a rubric of Arctic community standards, including a goal to accomplish a key solid waste management improvement at the local level that best reflects the needs of the community
  4. Conduct joint meetings/training/workshops with community leaders and responsible environmental authorities and operators to safeguard joint understanding of action plans and management schemes and share best practices between pilot communities
  5. Aid in each community to focus on capacity building tools
  6. Collect, stage or backhaul household hazardous or universal wastes/marine litter from pilot communities, as appropriate
  7. Share lessons learned on trust relationships built during each phase of project
  8. Continue to develop and update the web-based Online Exchange Network of Solid Waste/Marine Debris Resources
  9. Develop short videos from each pilot community that illustrates the issues and highlights the results of the community project, which may include new ways of doing things during COVID-19