Annapolis Valley First Nation Sorting Pilot Project
- Location: Annapolis Valley First Nation
- Project Partners: Annapolis Valley First Nation and The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq
- Website: www.mikmawconservation.ca/waste
Ten sorting station packages were given out to residents of Annapolis Valley First Nation in June 2018 on a voluntary basis. The packages included a three tier Bin Doctor sorting station, blue bags, clear bags, Greenlid compost buckets, and a sorting information package. Education on set up and use of the stations was provided to each participant. After three collection cycles (six weeks), the participants were contacted for feedback based on their experience using the sorting package. This project has been conducted in all eight member communities to assess the feasibility of community wide implementation of indoor and outdoor sorting systems.
- Feedback received from the participants was almost completely positive. One participant noted that they thought the packages were “absolutely amazing” and they “hoped everyone will get one” for their homes as it greatly improved their ability to properly sort waste.
- Participants expressed that the sorting package made daily sorting much easier and saved space in their home.
- Some participants had issues keeping the bags in the sorting system, so the package has been updated to include elastics to secure the bags.
- This pilot project identified that a community wide program to distribute indoor and outdoor sorting packages and education would be well received by the residents of Annapolis Valley First Nation.