Commercial Organic Separation

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Commercial and Multi-Unit (5+ units) Organic Waste Separation

Organic waste in a landfill creates pollution. 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.

Organics make up a staggering 23% of what goes into our landfill, making it a top priority for the City.

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Starting in 2019 Commercial Food Producers and then in 2020 Multi-Family Dwellings (5+ units) will be required to have an organic waste collection at their site. Implementation will be staged for the food services sector, allowing users perceived the hardest to adapt to have the greatest amount of time and attention during the transition.  This will be done through a zonal implementation approach, and depending which zone you are in will depend on when you will be required to have a collection service.

Zone 1: January 2019
Zone 2: March 2019
Zone 3: June 2019

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What is a Commercial Food Producer? Any restaurant, grocery store, food distributor, or if you have a commercial kitchen or provide food to employees or customers, all food scraps (including meat and bones), compostable paper and packaging and food soiled cardboard need to be separated from your regular waste.

The City has been offering a voluntary Organics Collection Pilot program since 2014. This program has been strongly supported by volunteer users reaching capacity on the small volume (cart) program, deeming the program a success.

Information and Application


How Much Will it Cost?

Carts (small volume):
Dumpsters (large volume):
  • $25.00/ month for 1st green cart
  • $20.00/month for each additional cart
  • $160.00/ month for one 3 yard dumpster
  • $150.00/ month for one 2 yard dumpster
  • $35.00/ month for 1st green cart
  • $30.00/month for each additional cart
  • $250.00/ month for one 3 yard dumpster
  • $280.00/ month for one 2 yard dumpster 
  *All options collected weekly
*Fees subject to change

Collection containers (carts and dumpsters) are on loan free of charge from the City for the duration of the program. Containers will remain the property of the City of Whitehorse.

Exemption: Approval and Application Process

Organizations with private organic waste collection service or using another means of organic waste diversion can apply for exemption from the City's commercial organic collection during program roll-out. Exemptions must demonstrate that all Waste Management Bylaw Schedule B organic waste is being diverted through the existing system. Approved exemptions will need to be renewed annually. 

If you are managing your Schedule B organic waste items through a private collection or other means please fill out this form:

Exemption Application

Applications will be reviewed by the Designated Officer and may be followed up with a site inspection. 

Managing Organic Waste Indoors

Every participating business, organization and multi-family building is responsible for providing their own inside compost buckets and compostable bags (handy, but not required for the program). In most cases, this will be the responsibility of each household or office, but a landlord or property manager may choose to provide them in order to increase participation. Buildings are responsible for providing bins in common areas, such as shared office bathrooms and kitchens.

What can go in your organics collection?

The City of Whitehorse compost facility accepts all food and yard waste free of packaging, food soiled cardboard (ie: pizza boxes), paper towel, and newspaper used as compost bin liners. Meat and bones are welcome. Still not sure? Try the waste app.


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

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Do not use biodegradeable bags, plastic shopping bags, grocery bags or any other type of plastic bag for your organic waste  - they turn into tiny pieces of plastic and will never return nutrients to the earth the way a compostable bag will.

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 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.

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