Bylaw and Policies
The City of Whitehorse has a responsibility, on behalf of citizens, to ensure that waste management is handled as professionally and efficiently as possible. Waste management costs are closely reviewed and allocated based on activity (landfill, compost and recycling). The 2021 net cost of waste management in Whitehorse was approximately $4 million (this includes the cost of residential curbside collection).
The Waste Management Cost Recovery Policy establishes a fee structure for waste management services that accounts for the full cost of providing those services. Whitehorse operates under a user-pay system, meaning that no tax dollars are used to manage waste. Those who make the waste pay for the waste. As per the policy, tipping fees are calculated to cover the cost of collection, processing, treatment, monitoring, diversion and/or disposal services for solid waste. Costs associated with landfill closure and ongoing monitoring are also included. Residents in town pay for curbside collection service through utility fees, which include both the tipping fee as well as the collection fee. Residents without curbside collection pay tipping fees at the Waste Management facility. The 2021 net cost of waste management in Whitehorse was approximately $4 million.