The City of Yellowknife will be resuming its bi-weekly collection of organics with its curbside green cart pickup program starting June 1.

The municipality issued a news release on Thursday stating that the city will return to the regular curbside pickup program schedule.

Last month, the city had suspended its green cart collection of organics due to public health concerns with the Covid-19 pandemic.

At that time, the city began a weekly black cart waste collection to households.

“I, like many Yellowknifers, am excited to be resuming our Green Cart, organics waste collection program,” stated city mayor Rebecca Alty. “Thank you for working with us as the City begins to take action as we enter Phase 1 of recovery.”

The news release states that the final week of collection using the black carts will take place from May 25 to 29.

Starting June 1 to 9, residents can look forward to the pick-up of organics on a bi-weekly schedule.

Household waste 

The  city’s news release states that residents can drop additional household waste at the Solid Waste Facility, Monday to Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Additional information, including the curbside cart collection schedule, can be found on city website.

Spring Amnesty

On April 30, the city announced its Spring Amnesty Day – one of two days throughout the year where residents can drop off household waste and have the residential tipping fee waived. That day will take place from May 19 to 22, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Solid Waste Facility will be available for drop-off of waste only on this day and salvaging will remain prohibited.

“The City’s top priorities remain public and staff safety, and continued essential service delivery,” the city news release states. “Salvaging will resume at a time when it is safe to do so.

“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.”

The full news release and continued updates can be read on the city website. 


Simon Whitehouse

Simon Whitehouse came to Yellowknife to work with Northern News Services in 2011. He came from Prince Edward County, Ont., and obtained his journalism education at Algonquin College and the University...

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