2008 Ministry of Natural Resources
Sault Ste Marie District Stewardship Award
2009 Lake Superior Bi-National Program
Environmental Stewardship Award
The Sault North Waste Management Council is comprised of volunteers from the unincorporated townships in the non-municipal area North of the City of Sault Ste. Marie (Goulais, Heyden, Batchawana, Searchmont), Batchewana First Nation (observers), and representatives from various provincial ministries, who are working together to develop a long-term waste management program and environmental protection system for the Sault North area which is environmentally sustainable and socially responsible.
The Sault North Waste Management Council is an incorporated non-profit organization and registered charity that was formed in 2006 to address the closure of four waste disposal sites in the area since 2000, and the predicted short lifespan of the remaining two. Council has established a goal of realizing a long-term strategy that will guide the waste management practices for Sault North for the next 50 years.
Sault North Waste Management Council implemented a pilot recycling program in 2007. 27% of permanent residents currently take advantage of this free service. Once a month, #1 and #2 plastic, tin and aluminum cans are collected through a curbside recycling program.
As of August 6, 2012, the recycling program expanded. Through a grant from Environment Canada's EcoAction program, the Sault North Waste Management Council expanded the curbside recycling program to a weekly program which covers a rural territory of 600kms per week. Collections alternate between metal and plastic (#1 and #2 plastic, tin and aluminum cans) pickups and corrugated cardboard pickups.
Council recognizes that Planning and Diversion will not be successful without the implementation of an Education program. Council promotes its programs through newsletters, direct mailings and attending special events in the area. A school-based education program which delivers important lessons on waste reduction and waste management has also been created.