Waste Sorting

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Sort Your Waste

You have a responsibility to sort your waste before disposal.

Why sort waste?  

Waste is often created when materials are mixed together. When materials are separated we create opportunities for reuse, composting, and recycling. This is true for metals, organics, cardboard, clean wood, and tires. 

Some waste requires special handling for safe and effective burial in the landfill. This applies to materials such as asbestos, bulky items, and construction waste. 

The Waste Sorting Guide helps you separate waste before disposal. The benefits to you include significant savings in tipping fees - unsorted waste costs $275.00/ton and an additional $50 per banned item found. 

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sorting requirements - it saves to sort!

Unsorted waste is subject to higher tipping fees. Waste loads are inspected and fees are applied at the Whitehorse Waste Management Facility. Currently, loads with over 10% contamination will be charged the unsorted load fee. 

To avoid higher fees, separate the following from regular waste:


Sorting STEPS

1. What is in your waste?

Take a look in your waste bin - what materials do you see? Make a list of the materials, compare to the list above, and estimate the volumes you produce each week. 

TIP - use our waste sorting guide

2. Reduce

Look for opportunities to reduce and prevent waste from being created.

2. Create Space to Collect

Provide separate bins for materials to make sorting easy. The location and size collection bins depend on your activities. Create a central waste station for offices and special events, organize larger bins for construction and demolition.

TIP - Use the What Goes Where App to look up disposal options for any item. 

3. Sign up for Collection or Self-Haul to Waste Management Facility 

Contact a local waste hauler for collection - a list of local haulers for various materials is available here.

TIP - Commercial Organics Collection is now available to all businesses, organizations, condos, and apartments. Sign up today! Contact organics@whitehorse.ca

4. COmmunicate with Staff, Tenants, and Participants

Incorporate waste training as part of orientation, post signs on bins, and ensure responsibilities for managing waste are understood. 

TIP - Download sorting signs under Tips & Tools. 

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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