New Iqaluit group focuses on waste matters

An Iqaluit waste management lobby group recently sent a strongly worded letter to Iqaluit’s mayor and council to put pressure on city hall to come up with a better plan to manage solid waste, according to a report from CBC News Online on August 19, 2004.

Earlier this year the city decided to scrap its recycling program due to budget shortfalls, but city council decided to keep the program and make it more efficient.

Waste Matters Inc., formerly known as Iqaluit Recycling Society, is urging the city to hire someone to manage the solid waste program. The letter says that there is a gap between city council and administration, which they claim do not believe in the recycling program.

According to Neida Gonzalez, director of Waste Matters, not much has happened with the program, despite the council citing an "emergency situation" with regard to solid waste.

Meanwhile, Ian Fremantle, the city’s chief administrative officer, said that the solid waste management committee is working on a strategic plan that is scheduled to be ready by October.

The CBC report says that the letter from Waste Matters will be raised at next week’s council meeting.

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