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City Launches New Multi-Year Organic Waste Separation Campaign

Post Date:04/23/2018 1:00 PM

WHITEHORSE – The City of Whitehorse is rolling out a new campaign focused on diverting waste through organic separation. This campaign aligns with the existing residential Green Cart collection and the newly passed Waste Management Bylaw, which requires the Food Service Businesses and Multi-Family Dwellings to divert their organic waste and participate in the City’s collection program starting as early as January 2019.

With the slogan “Growing a Greener Tomorrow”, the campaign celebrates the achievements of residents and voluntary commercial organics participants and their organics separation successes to date. The campaign’s educational focus aims to continue this good work while increasing organic separation from the commercial and multi-family sector.

For over a decade, the City of Whitehorse has been ahead of the curve on organic waste management, including curbside Green Cart collection many years before other Canadian municipalities. Recent figures show an encouraging buy-in by our residents: 43% of residential waste was diverted as organics in 2017.

Along with celebrating this success, the new campaign shows the benefits of organic separation and why it’s important to continue to “feed your Green Cart.” It also promotes the City’s What Goes Where app that gives recycling, composting and disposal options for thousands of different items.     

Key facts

  • In 2017, Whitehorse diverted 43% of residential waste as organics.
  • When organic waste decomposes in the landfill, the methane produced is 25 times more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide. It also produces leachate: toxic liquid that can contaminate ground water.
  • Organic waste diverted to Green Carts is turned into valuable, high-quality compost at the City’s facility.
  • March 26, 2018 Whitehorse City Council passed the Waste Management Bylaw, which will require Food Service Businesses and Multi-Family Dwellings to have collection service for organic waste. This new requirement will be phased in throughout 2019 for the Food Service Sector and 2020 for Multi-Family Dwellings.
  • You can use the What Goes Where waste app online or download to your smartphone or tablet: whitehorse.ca/organics.

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For more information on the City of Whitehorse’s waste management through organic separation, visit whitehorse.ca/organics.  

Contact

Jackie Taylor
Environmental Coordinator
City of Whitehorse 
jackie.taylor@whitehorse.ca 
867-689-5169

 

 

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