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Centralized Composting Program


Collection Schedule

Curbside Collection

Curbside Organics Collection is focusing on single family dwellings and is being phased in one neighbourhood at a time over four years. 2016 marks the 3rd phase of expansion, welcoming residents of Frame Lake, Grace Lake and Hall Crescent to join participating neighbourhoods in diverting organic waste from the city landfill.

For more information check out the Green Cart Program.

The Pilot Project

Ecology North and the City of Yellowknife spearheaded a five year pilot project in 2008. Once completed in 2013, it had  successfully diverted over 900 tonnes of organic waste and reduced the city's greenhouse gas emissions by 870 tonnes.  The pilot project produced more than 450 tonnes of quality compost for gardens across the City and laid down the groundwork for expansion.

The New Compost Facility

Today, collected organic material is taken to the newly constructed compost facility, where it is combined with carbon amendments (like leaf and yard waste, and paper) and placed into long piles called 'windrows.' These windrows take approximately 2 years to decompose into mature and stable compost.

If you're interested in visiting the compost facility, please contact Ecology North at

Compost Facility

compost facility pond