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Waste Reduction

In its simplest form, reduce, reuse, recycle or compost.

Food for thought and compost!

There is no such thing as “away”.
When we throw anything away it must go somewhere.
Annie Leonard

Waste reduction and composting through example.

The finite nature of our earth is becoming more apparent as natural resources are being depleted and municipalities struggle with landfills that are nearing capacity.  This ‘one-way’ approach to managing resources is not sustainable and a shift towards a circular resource economy is needed!

First and foremost we encourage everyone to Reduce their consumption; by far the most effective way to divert waste from the landfill, it also saves money!

We also promote the notion of Reusing goods through events like clothing swaps and Fix it Fairs.

Lastly, we work with NWT communities to find ways to Recycle or Compost materials that have reached the end of their lives.

After all that, we try to make sure that hazardous material that can’t be recycled are disposed of properly and safely.

Check out this video for tips in Managing Hazardous Waste in Your Community!

Have a look at some of our past and present projects in waste management.

Waste Diversion best Practice

When composting at home, work or remotely, first start by looking for ways to reducing the amount of compost you generate. This is the best way to reduce waste.

Project Spotlight

Learn more about our Waste Reduction and Composting Projects.

Sustainable Event Guide

Are you a event coordinator, volunteer, event sponsor, or just a concerned citizen? Learn how you can help reduce the impact of public events, and what…
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Backyard Composting

Previously a joint-project between the City of Yellowknife and Ecology North, the Backyard Composting Program is now housed under the City of Yellowknife’s Solid Waste…
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Bio Diesel Project

Restaurants in Yellowknife produced approximately 84,000 litres of waste vegetable oil in 2010.  Funded by the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency in 2011, Ecology North…
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