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TitleComposition and volumes of waste from northern and remote communities: a survey of the literature
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorGogolek, P E G
Source 2020, 16 pages Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Mediaon-line; digital
File formatpdf
ProvinceYukon; Nunavut; Northwest Territories
AreaWhitehorse; Telsin; Yellowknife; Hay River; Iqaluit; Resolute
Lat/Long WENS-141.0000 -60.0000 84.0000 60.0000
SubjectsScience and Technology; environmental geology; waste disposal; electric power; Waste management; Waste; Diesel fuel; Northern Canada; Northern studies
Illustrationstables; histograms; graphs
ProgramProgram of Energy Research and Development (PERD)
Released2020 07 01; 2020 09 14
Northern and remote communities have challenges in waste management. Isolation means they are not able to export their waste as is done in many places in the rest of Canada. An option for handling waste in situ is to attempt to recover the energy value and displace local diesel power generation. The amount and composition of waste generated in these communities needs first to be understood.
A survey of the recently published reports on waste management provides the necessary information. There is a high variability in reported rates of waste generation, from a low of 110 kg/person/year to a high of 1870 kg/person/year.
There is less information on the composition of the waste from these communities. The range of heat value is from 8 MJ/kg to 11 MJ/kg.
This information translates into a potential for electric power generation from waste from a low of 0.4% of community requirements to a high of 9.1% of community requirements. The question of whether there are technologies available remains to be addressed.

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