Why Is Waste Diversion Important?

Reducing waste in our landfill.

Waste diversion means reusing, recycling or composting materials that would otherwise be buried in the landfill.

To achieve diversion, materials need to be sorted into different categories. Materials lose their value when they are mixed together. Waste materials that are sorted retain their value and can be reused or made into new products – saving valuable resources, energy, and money. Diversion also extends the life of the landfill.

Diverting materials like metals, organic waste, electronic, and hazardous waste from the landfill helps stop the production of toxic leachate. Separating organic waste also reduces the production of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

Learn how to separate your waste using our Waste Sorting Tools.

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Curbside Collection Schedule 2022

Try our electronic app below!  Alternatively download the 2022 schedule here.

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.

Diversion Goal Meter

The City’s Solid Waste Action Plan has an initial goal of 50% waste diversion from the landfill.

33% of our goal reached by end of 2021

Whitehorse Solid Waste Action Plan (SWAP)

It’s about finding balance.

With the input of stakeholders, the City created a Solid Waste Action Plan (SWAP) in keeping with common North American waste-related practices.

Adopted by City Council in 2013 and identified as a strategic priority, the SWAP has an initial goal of 50% waste diversion. This has yet to be met. The need to meet this threshold requires an updated SWAP to be created.

This new SWAP will address the past recommendations set forth by the past document, and propose new strategies to meet the diversion targets.

We’re reviewing our Solid Waste Action Plan to improve how the City manages solid waste. Individual and business input will be important to the development of the next SWAP. Learn more about our public engagement process at EngageWhitehorse.ca/SWAP.