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Policy Recommendation


Industrial Waste Management

As our industries continue to grow and economic development takes place throughout the province, commercial and industrial waste has been identified as an emerging cause for concern. Waste disposal logistics are exacerbated by economies of scale in a small province, the distance from Newfoundland and Labrador to larger markets, and its scattered population. Waste in the construction industry is typically disposed of in bulk, when amongst the materials there may be hazardous waste or even salvageable materials. Sometimes this waste is dumped indiscriminately. Meanwhile, both the aquaculture and fishing industries seasonally dispose of large quantities of by-product as waste at sea or on land. These industries, as well as forestry, produce waste that has potential for new uses or refinement in to new products. Innovative thinking is required to solve the logistical challenges waste management poses, and to discover new uses and possible revenue streams for industry. New ideas can mitigate environmental damage, increase the competitiveness of local industry, and spawn new firms and industries.

  • Action Recommended:
    Newfoundland and Labrador to directly support innovation in the fishing and aquaculture industries, with a focus on the capture of and product development from waste streams.

  • Action Recommended:
    Newfoundland and Labrador to assist in the prioritization and development of local markets for forestry industry by-products.

  • Action Recommended:
    Newfoundland and Labrador to work with construction industry stakeholders to address waste management concerns, while increasing monitoring and enforcement of existing regulations.



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