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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 Compost Facility

Today, collected organic material is taken to the compost facility located at the Solid Waste Facility. Organic material is then combined with carbon amendments (like leaf and yard waste, and wood chips) and placed into long piles called 'windrows.' These windrows take approximately 2 years to decompose into mature and stable compost.

Please note: Only BPI Institute certified compostable plastics will be accepted by the compost facility. Certified compostable materials will have the following logo (pictured below) directly on the plastic. If there is no logo, the item is not certified and belongs in the garbage stream (e.g. #7 PLA plastics).

Biodegradable Products Institute - The Compostable Label


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 Manager - (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