Waste management is all about how to dispose of all the things you don’t want. Where most think Waste Management – FNG is thinking Sustainable Materials Management.
First Nation Growers believe everyone has the right to live and work in a clean environment. Because of remoteness and in some cases low incomes, many indigenous communities feel they have none to limited options to safely and securely improving their waste management and collection methods. FNG Community Garden Farming Co-op Facilities through our own commitment to each project sustainable materials management practices bring improvements to the health of the communities that we work within and the creation of a safer healthier place to live and work. Ultimately, the goal of our FNG recycling program is to maximize the recyclability of our own community garden farming Co-op materials.
Affluent societies often see it plainly as garbage or an environmental problem, but in many communities waste can be an important and flexible source of income and can provide raw material to many sectors of economy. One of our FNG goals is to remain technologically advanced in the best interest of the environment that includes providing innovative project technologies in waste management resources that we also make available to each and every First Nation and or Inuit community that we work with across Canada, creating a cohesive relationship between community, environment and each 4seasons garden farming co-op facility.
Composting is an important FNG sustainable waste management practice that converts any volume of accumulated organic waste into a usable product. When organic wastes are broken down by microorganisms in a heat-generating environment, waste volume is reduced, many harmful organisms are destroyed, and a useful, potentially marketable product is produced. Composting is a process by which organic wastes are broken down by microorganisms, generally bacteria and fungi, into simpler forms. The microorganisms use the carbon in the waste as an energy source. The degradation of the nitrogen- containing materials results in the breakdown of the original materials into a much more uniform product which can be used as a soil amendment that FNG makes use of in our vertical grow rooms. Advantages of composting include reduction of waste volume, elimination of heat-killed pests, and the generation of a beneficial and marketable materials. Adding compost to soil increases organic matter content. This, in turn, improves many soil characteristics and allows for the slow release of nutrients for crop use for subsequent years.
Recycling and waste management is implemented as a resource management system, not a waste management system. Today the approach that is considered a “best practice” is to view recyclables as commodities that are managed under a resource management system consistent with management frameworks such as “sustainable materials management” and “zero waste”.
FNG takes a collaborative approach. Community-Private Partnerships for service delivery is one of the proven approaches to resource management planning. The main objective of the program is to promote sustainable, self-supporting partnerships between each Community Garden Farm Co-op Facility and local indigenous governments to support the formation and operation of new enterprise-community co-operation in solid waste management and recycling systems. The main goal of the FNG Sustainable Materials Management program is to stimulate community co-operation and minimize negative effects of waste in indigenous communities; and improve the lives and livelihoods of Canada’s 1st peoples and the indigenous communities that we work with and in.