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Organic Waste Diversion

Separating your organics is one of the best ways to do the right thing, reduce the burden and cost on our landfill, and gets us closer to 50% diversion. Whether you are looking for home or office organic diversion the City of Whitehorse has a collection program for you.

The City of Whitehorse has been at the leading edge of organics waste management for more than a decade. Long before most other Canadian municipalities even started thinking about organics, Whitehorse residents have enjoyed a curbside green cart collection service. The City's compost facility has been in operation since 2008, producing quality product and defying beliefs that composting north of 60°  is difficult or even impossible. Over 40% of residential waste is currently diverted from the landfill to the City's compost facility, creating not just rich, nutritious soil, but also local jobs and a sense of northern civic pride. When it comes to organics, Whitehorse punches above its weight with unbeatable infrastructure. 

why we collect organic waste

Organic waste mixed with other types of waste creates a toxic mess. Decomposition of organic waste in the landfill, along with the presence of precipitation, creates liquids that percolate down, picking up heavy metals and other dangerous contaminates. The risk is that this polluted liquid, or “leachate,” will make its way into the groundwater, posing a risk to both human health and the environment. In addition, the City’s landfill is unlined, making containment more challenging and the need to separate organics more urgent.

what is compostable?

Technically speaking if it was living it is compostable, but there are some exceptions. Compost collection services accept: food including meat, fish and dairy products raw or cooked, garden and yard waste, food soiled paper (you know the grease stained pizza box), human and pet hair, sawdust and wood shavings, coffee grounds & filters, loose tea & fiber tea bags, eggshells, shellfish including the shells and more. 

Please do not place pet waste (feces, bedding or litter) into the compost bin. The City makes a high grade compost for your edible garden and pet waste can contain bacteria's and parasites that may be harmful to human health. 

Compostable Bags

If you choose to use bags, only buy compostable bags with either of these labels:

US composting council bag label Compost bag label

Note that biodegradable does not mean compostable! Regular plastic bags can biodegrade over years, becoming smaller and smaller pieces of plastic. However, they will never return nutrients to the earth the way a compostable bag will. Please do not use plastic shopping bags, grocery bags or any other type of plastic bag for your organic waste.

Compost for sale

 

Compost is available for pick up at the Waste Management Facility.
Bagged compost - $5/bag
Bulk loads (1-9 cubic yards $45/yard, 10+cubic yards $30/yard). Bulk loads available by appointment only, call 867-668-8350.

Top soil (blend of compost and sand) is also available in bulk loads (1-9 cubic yards $45/yard, 10+cubic yards $30/yard). Bulk loads available by appointment only, call 867-668-8350.

Waste Sorting App

Sorting your waste is easy with our new What Goes Where app. Type the name of an item into the search bar and we will give you recycling, composting, or disposal options.

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