Waste and Compost

All waste generated in the Whitehorse urban catchment basin is transported to the Whitehorse Waste Management Facility, owned and operated by the City of Whitehorse. All material being transported to the landfill must be sorted and adequately secured.

Organic waste is brought to the Compost Facility to be processed. Separating organic waste also reduces methane production, a potent greenhouse gas. Once ready, the City offers two formats for compost to meet your needs:

  • bagged compost for small-scale garden projects, and
  • bulk compost for more significant projects such as landscaping and agriculture.

Our compost meets the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) standard, making it approved for use in organic operations.

Before heading to the landfill, please note there are additional fees for unsorted loads (see Waste Sorting Guide).

Waste Management Facility

The City of Whitehorse Waste Management Facility (WMF) is located approximately six kilometres north of downtown Whitehorse at Mile 91972 (Mile 919.72) on the Alaska Highway. The WMF includes the landfill, compost facility, and transfer station. Find the WMF turn-off on Google Maps.

The facility is open:

  • Weekdays – 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Weekends – 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The facility is closed on Good Friday, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Before heading to the landfill, please note there are additional fees for unsorted loads (see Waste Sorting Guide).

More Services

Curbside Collection Schedule 2023

Try our electronic app below!  Alternatively, download the 2023 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.

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.