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Centralized Composting Program


Collection Schedule

Curbside Collection

As of 2017, green carts have been distributed to all eligible neighbourhoods in order to facilitate curbside organics collection. Green carts are collected on a biweekly schedule. For more information, check out the Green Cart Program.

The Pilot Project

The City of Yellowknife, with the help of Ecology North, 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 compost 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

Compost Facility

compost facility pond


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