Waste Management


We are conducting an Integrated Waste Management Plan for the City of Thorne Bay with participating families/people.  This is a study of solid waste to develop a community profile on recyclables, solid waste and how to move forward to help reduce solid waste in our landfill.

Participants will be asked to separate wastes into different bags, such as – food waste and plant organics, recyclables (cardboard, paper, aluminum, and such), plastics, Styrofoam, glass, metals, commercial construction, special wastes, and hazardous wastes for a full week. Instructions will be given to participating families/people.

An Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan helps communities create recycling plans, to help reduce solid waste taken to the local landfill and cut down on greenhouse gases.


  • Up to 50% of household waste is food (Most foods can be composted to create a natural fertilizer that is more Earth Friendly and cheaper on your pocketbook)
  • Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or
  • It takes much less energy and other resources to recycle an aluminum can then it takes to make a new
  • Recycling plastic takes 88% less energy than making plastic from raw materials.
  • Each year enough plastic is thrown away to circle the earth four
  • Landfill waste causes an environmental hazard, such as chemicals from car batteries and other dangerous liquids  can  be  washed  through  the  soil, contaminating drinking
  • Plastic bottles, caps, wrapping break down into
  • Microplastics in different forms are present in almost all water systems in the world, be they streams, rivers, lakes or


Thorne Bay Integrated Waste Management Plan Sign-Up

The City of Thorne Bay in cooperation with the Organized Village of Kasaan is working on creating an Integrated Waste Management Plan (IWMP). Upon completion this plan will help both communities create recycling programs, solid waste reduction and educate community members on the importance of recycling, reducing, and reusing items around households, businesses, and landfills. If you are so inclined, please sign up to participate in this week-long project.

Each family/person will be given instructions on how to participate, learn and help with this project, all help is greatly appreciated in this project.

Other Waste Items

It takes a significant period of time for a material to decompose completely, depending on the type of material and the method of degradation.

Here are some estimates for common waste items:

Waste Item Decomposition Time
Aluminum cans 200-250 years
Batteries 100 years
Canvas products 1 year
Cardboard 2 months
Cigarette butts 10-12 years
Cotton gloves 3 months
Foamed plastic cups 50 years
Leather shoes 25-40 years
Lumber 10-15 years
Milk cartons 5 years
Monofilament fishing line 600 years
Nylon fabric 30-40 years
Painted board 13 years
Plywood 1-3 years
Ropes 3-14 months
Rubber boot soles 50-80 years
Sanitary pads 500-800 years
Styrofoam Does not biodegrade
Tin can 50 years
Tinfoil Does not biodegrade
Train tickets 2 weeks
Wool clothing 1-5 years

Waste Management Sign-Up Sheet

Sign up to participate in Thorne Bay and Kasaan’s Integrated Waste Management Plan

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