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Country Residential

We all create waste, whether we live in an apartment building downtown or a cabin in country residential. And we all have a responsibility to manage our waste through proper sorting for optimal waste diversion. There are some things to keep in mind to keep the wild at your door and the wilderness untamed.

what to do with organics, recyclables and waste

People living in country residential do not pay utility fees and do not receive water and waste services. Waste, including organics and recycling, can be self-hauled:

Waste Type where  Tipping fees
Organic waste Waste Management Facility Tipping fees apply
Recyclable materials  Waste Management Facility, P&M Recycling Depot or Raven Recycling  No tipping fees
Reusable materials (in good working condition) Waste Management Facility ($5 tip fee), Raven Recycling, Salvation Army, or advertise through Whitehorse classifieds Tips fees apply at the Waste Management Facility
Free drop off of good condition items at Raven Recycling and Salvation Army
Regular waste Waste Management Facility  Tipping fees apply

Alternatively, services can be arranged for waste, cardboard or other recycling through a private waste hauler or Raven Recycling.

Backyard composting is a great way to reduce waste that must be self-hauled, as well as to minimize its smell. However, this practice will significantly increase the likelihood of bears and other animals entering your property in search for food. Please consider a bear-proof backyard composter and make sure to add lots of brown material (like leaves) to food waste to keep smells down and to keep your compost balance healthy. You might also consider using electric fencing to protect your composter, backyard chickens, fruit trees and vegetable gardens. Check out Wildwise Yukon for more information.

For information on what to do with other types of waste, consult our app. 

Concerned about wildlife accessing waste in your neighbourhood? Read our wildlife section for news and information. You can also find the results of our country residential survey. 


2014 Country residential survey

The 2013 Solid Waste Action Plan (SWAP) recommended developing a pilot project to help country residential areas increase the amount of compost and recycling they divert from the landfill.

Before developing a pilot project, the City wanted to learn more about how country residential households handle their waste, and what their priorities are.

A questionnaire was available online for 4 weeks from March 3 until March 31, 2014. A public meeting followed on April 1, 2014. 


A full pdf of the results, including comments, is available here

A total of 325 responses were received out of approximately 800 country residential property owners. A few question summaries are provided below. 

Response by neighbourhood:


Do you separate compostables from the rest of your waste?


How do you dispose of your garbage?


In general, how interested are you in receiving waste collection from the City?


Next Steps

The next step for Environmental Sustainability is to analyze waste management goals and issues alongside the opinions expressed in the survey. If a pilot project is considered feasible and advisable, options will be outlined in the form of a discussion paper.

If you would like to be notified of progress on this project, please e-mail

Waste Sorting App

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

Follow these easy instructions to download the app to your phone or mobile device.  

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