Posted on Thursday April 30, 2020

The City is taking further action to ensure Yellowknifers’ waste management needs are met during these challenging pandemic times. The Solid Waste Facility (SWF) will re-open to the public beginning Monday, May 4, 2020, for reduced hours and in a designated Public Drop-Off (PDO) area only; full details can be seen below. The City is also pleased to announce the Spring Amnesty Event is scheduled to take place at the SWF from May 19 -22, from 1–4 p.m. for PDO.

Hours:      Monday – Friday, 1–4 p.m.

Location: Residents may use the designated PDO area to dispose of waste. Signage will be in place and direction will be given on-site.

Payment: Wherever possible the City asks residents to pay with Debit and Credit, although cash will be accepted.

What:       Recyclables, compost/organics, household garbage, pet waste, large items and other waste can be brought to the PDO area.

Capacity: A maximum of 10 people (vehicles) will be permitted on-site at any given time to ensure physical distancing and to adhere to the public health orders currently in effect in the NWT. This will be monitored and enforced by SWF staff. Thank you for limiting the number of people entering the facility for drop-offs whenever possible and for exercising patience when accessing this popular facility. 

Our top priorities remain public and staff safety, and continued essential service delivery, so while the SWF is opening to the public, salvaging will not be permitted at this time or during the Spring Amnesty event. Salvaging will resume at a time when it is safe to do so, for the public and staff.

Weekly Black Cart waste collection will continue, while Green Cart waste collection remains temporarily suspended, and will resume at a later date. Small amounts of dog waste can continue to be disposed of in Black Carts at this time, however, the City asks residents to dispose of large amounts of dog waste collected from the winter months in the designated bin at the SWF.

To ensure public and staff safety and continued essential service delivery, the City has made the difficult decision to cancel the following events, previously scheduled to take place this spring:

·        Large Item Pick-up;

·        Curbside Giveaway; and

·        The annual Compost Sale.

“The City understands residents’ requests to access the Solid Waste Facility and we are pleased to be able to open the Public Drop-Off area,” said City Administrator, Sheila Bassi-Kellett. “I want to thank residents for utilizing the waste disposal options available in these challenging times, for reducing waste wherever possible, and for your continued patience and understanding.”

The City asks residents to continue to follow simple yet effective waste management practices to assist the City in tackling the increased volumes of residential waste in Yellowknife. For information on how to do this, visit www.yellowknife.ca/garbage.

The City continues to evaluate the situation surrounding COVID-19 in Yellowknife and reminds residents that these measures may change as the situation evolves. The City will inform the public of any changes. To stay up to date with the latest developments, visit www.yellowknife.ca.


Hours of Operation

Winter Hours effective following the Labour Day Weekend
until prior to the Victoria Day Weekend (September to May)
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Summer Hours effective following the Victoria Day Weekend
until prior to the Labour Day Weekend (May to September)
Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Mailing Address & Phone Numbers

Yellowknife City Hall
4807 - 52 Street, P.O. Box 580, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N4

Switchboard - (867) 920-5600
Mayor/City Administrator - (867) 920-5634
Booking Clerk - (867) 669-3457
Municipal Enforcement (MED) - (867) 920-5630
After Hours (MED) - (867) 920-2737
After Hours (Public Works) - (867) 920-5699