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Growing a Greener Tomorrow

Nice job, Whitehorse! Our city has been at the leading edge of organics waste management for more than a decade. Over 43% of waste is currently diverted from the landfill through organic separation.

When organics get mixed into the general waste at the Landfill, they get choked of oxygen and decompose anaerobically. This produces toxic leachate sludge that poisons our watersheds. Worse yet, it also produces methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. In fact, methane from our Landfill is one of the leading sources of greenhouse gas in the City. The solution is to divert all our organics to the Compost Facility -- where it can break down properly into a valuable garden-boosting product. It's so simple! Scraping your plate in the right bucket is one of the most effective actions we can take to address climate change.  

Whitehorse is a leader in municipal composting. Our facility has been in operation since 2008, long before most other cities in Canada. Along the way, we've defied misconceptions that composting north of 60° is difficult or even impossible. In fact, our product is one of the best: It's tested for purity (free from contaminants) and is even certified for use on organic farms! When it comes to organic separation, Whitehorse punches above its weight - and that's something we can be proud of together.

The Compost Facility also creates local jobs, prolongs the life of our landfill, and gets us closer to our goal of 50% diversion. It also produces an awesome booster for your garden. You can buy this top-quality product at the Landfill. 

Get the Dirt on Organics Separation

All residential properties and food service businesses are now required to have green carts or bins. Feed your Green Cart every day with all your food, yard and garden waste.

The City operates two organics collection programs:

Residential Organics is for properties with 1 - 4 residential units. It includes biweekly curbside collection of green carts. Click here for more info.

Commercial Organics is for properties with five or more residential units, food-service businesses, and all other commercial enterprises. It includes weekly collection of both green carts and green bins. For more info, see Multi-Unit or Business Waste.

what is compostable?

For the quick answer, use the convenient What Goes Where app.

Or check out our handy new Organics Sorting Guide:

Compost collection services accept:

  • food including meat, fish, dairy products and shellfish (including the shells) - raw or cooked;
  • garden and yard waste;
  • food soiled paper (for example, that grease stained pizza box or muffin bag);
  • human and pet hair;
  • sawdust and wood shaving;
  • coffee grounds & filters;
  • loose tea & fiber tea bags;
  • eggshells;
  • and more.


    Pet waste (feces, bedding or litter) is NOT accepted. 
    It can contain harmful pathogens that can ruin batches of compost. 

  • PLASTIC of any kind, is not accepted. It is not organic material and will not break down. 

  •  Compostable Bags

  • If you wish to use "plastic-style" bags, you must buy compostable bags with either of these logos. These are made of plant-based materials and will break-down into compost:

    US composting council bag label Compost bag label
    Organics_NoPlastics Regular plastic bags can biodegrade over many hundreds years, but that just means they become smaller and smaller pieces of plastic -- they will never return nutrients to the earth the way a compostable bag will. Never use plastic shopping bags, grocery bags or any other type of plastic bag for your organic waste. Biodegradable does not mean compostable! 

    Waste Sorting App

  • Knowing what to feed your Green Cart is easy with our What Goes Where app. Use it here, or download it right to your smartphone or tablet to have that info right at your finger tips anytime you need it. Type the name of an item into the search bar and the app gives you recycling, composting, or disposal options.

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

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