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Solid Waste Discontinuity Planning

Life without Trash Removal - The Series.

drawing of an open dump
Would you know how to manage your trash in case of an emergency?

"Life Without Trash Removal" is an audio program brought to you by the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe´s Environment Division, one of the nation´s most advanced Tribal environmental programs in the country. Life Without Trash Removal provides information that assists you in managing your solid wastes when normal trash removal services can´t be provided. Join us each week to learn the best management practices to use when regular services are not available.

Click on the links in the left hand column to view the audio program pages.

Program Air date Excerpt
ONE 7/24/2012 "You may remember in 2009 the world braced for a possible pandemic condition caused by the spread of swine flu. In response to this, the solid waste program assisted the Environment Division with the development of a discontinuity plan. The plan addressed how the Division would conduct operations in situations where normal operations couldn’t be maintained."
Guest: Les Benedict, Assistant Division Director for the SRMT Environment Division
TWO 8/2/2012 Understanding what is your trash is the first step to properly managing your trash in a manner that protects your health and the environment.

Guest: Russell Phillips, Solid Waste Operator for the SRMT Environment Division
THREE 8/6/2012

Reducing trash occurs when you don’t generate wastes to begin with. Reduction is the first line of defense when it comes to minimizing the amount of wastes being generated from your home.
The second line of defense is reusing. Reusing is using the waste material for its original purpose or for another purpose.
The third and final line of defense occurs when a waste material is remanufactured into something else. This is recycling.

FOUR 8/13/2012

Garbage contains a lot of stuff, which is not good for the environment. Some of the stuff is manufactured with lots of chemicals.  If we look at the garbage today we will find glues or adhesives, plastics, like from coated papers/mailers or plastic straws.  There are a lot of synthetic products out there. And all this stuff contains cancer causing chemicals like benzene or PCB’s.  Once burnt, it gets airborne and into our children’s and elders lungs.  What doesn’t get into the lungs gets deposited either on the ground or floats around to impact other people.  This is called particulate matter and has been shown to increase asthma attacks.

FIVE 8/29/2012

"This is all good, but the reality is that nasty leftovers will be there to deal with, even after using all these best management practices. Here to help us understand more about these nasty leftovers is Laura J. Weber"

"We'll conclude today's program by hearing from Ken Jock, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe's Environment Division Director, about the importance of planning for these types of disasters."

Each week we will have another program added to our series of "Life without trash removal." Thank you / Niawen for listening to the program. These programs are funded by a grant from the US EPA. Be mindful of what is in your trash and think about what you would do if there were no collection services for an extended period of time.

If you have any questions about this program or any type of solid waste management concern, please contact the SRMT at

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Environment Division
Solid Waste Management Program
412 State Route 37
Akwesasne, NY 13655

Office: Phone 518-358-5937
  Fax 518-358-6252
Transfer Station: Phone 518-358-4632
  Fax 518-358-4529

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Environment Division - Posted: 2012.08.02 - Updated: 2012.08.29