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Discontinuity Planning


A drawing of trees and trash

The Environment Division has developed a discontinuity plan, which is a plan that addresses how to conduct operations during times of where unanticipated events suddenly shift how the Tribe continues providing services to the community. The recent swine flu outbreak reaching a pandemic level is one example of a situation that could potentially cause interruption of normal waste management services to the community. With a pandemic flu outbreak, there is the potential for the Tribe´s transfer station and other haulers becoming unable to provide solid waste services to the community. This means that garbage and other materials would accumulate in the community and proper disposal would be the responsibility of the community members. Under these conditions, there would be the potential for increases in environmental contamination and public health threats from the improper disposal of wastes.

Recent planning meetings with the Tribe´s solid waste team revealed that educating community members about procedures to be used during times of where no solid waste management services can be offered is the best approach for ensuring the protection of the health and environment of the community.

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The Tribe received EPA funding to develop and deliver solid waste management education materials for the proper management of solid wastes during times of when normal services can´t be offered. This is a priority for the Tribe since it was this type of condition — when services weren´t offered — that led to rampant open dumping and burning in the community several years ago. This is a situation that the Tribe wants to avoid again in the future.

A series of articles have been developed titled "Life Without Trash Removal". The series present best management practices to use during times where the Tribe or other haulers wouldn´t be able to provide services.

Click on the following links to read the specific articles.

SUBJECT FILE SIZE EXCERPT
Discontinuity Planning - what is it? 349 KB "Solid waste staff have been meeting since last year to devise and implement a discontiuity plan in case of extreme emergency."
Understanding Your Trash 1.09 MB "Understanding what is in your trash is the first step in properly managing your trash in a manner that protects your health and the environment."
Composting 1.11 MB "Composting is a natural process that reduces the amount of household garbage that need disposing, and creates a natural fertilizer."
Hard Recyclables 1.10 MB "The recycling portion of your materials includes aluminum,tin cans, and glass and plastic bottles are referred to as hard recyclables."
Waste Reduction 1.05 MB "Waste reduction is the practice of reducing waste at your home by changing your buying habits or other household activities that help to reduce the amount of waste to begin with."
Proper Use of Burning 1.06 MB "The Tribe's Environment Division would have the authority to permit burning of certain materials during situations where burning would be the best management strategy for the given situation; i.e. like the imaginary scenario that we are looking at."
Proper Use of Burning - Part 2 1.05 MB "Although we've decided that burning of only paper in extreme cases like our scenario would help community members manage their waste,"
Nasty Leftovers of Garbage 1.41 MB "Nasty leftovers can present public health
threats if not managed properly. Under our
imaginary scenario, the best approach is to
manage them in a manner that prevents attraction
of the disease carrying animals and to minimize exposure to humans."
Best Management Highlights 1.39 MB "What is the first step in developing a best
management strategy when your trash piles up in
your homes and outside?"
Best Management Highlights 1.0 MB "We are concluding our journey with this month's article where we'll summarize the last two best management strategies ..."

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Environment Division Updated: 2012..
http://www.srmtenv.org/index.php?spec=swm_discontinuityplanning


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