The City of Yellowknife says ‘limited reopening’ of dump will happen Monday

Yellowknife City Hall (File photo/CKLB)

The Solid Waste Facility (SWF) in Yellowknife will have a ‘limited reopening’ on Monday, May 4th, for reduced hours.

The SWF was closed to the public because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it will now be accepting trash in a designated public drop-off (PDO) area only from 1:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. daily.

The PDO area will accept recyclables, compost, organics, household garbage, pet waste and large items.

“I welcome the news. I know with all of this time at home that many of us are doing extra spring cleaning and renovations, so we’re happy that we’ll be able to open on Monday,” Mayor Rebecca Alty said in an email.

Officials from the city say they are still accepting cash at the gatehouse for drop off fees. Residents should pay with debit and credit cards whenever possible.  To ensure physical distancing measures are met only 10 people or vehicles are allowed inside the SWF at a time. Residents cannot salvage at this time.

“We’re working on the plan to open it up more, but for now, we wanted to open and offer a bit of time in the day for residents to drop off any garbage they may have,” Alty said.

City officials say that weekly black cart waste collection will continue, while green cart waste collection remains temporarily suspended and will resume at a later date.

“Small amounts of dog waste can continue to be disposed of in black carts at this time,” said the City.

However, if you have a large amount of dog waste collected from the winter season, there is a designated bin at the solid waste facility.

“I want to thank residents for utilizing the waste disposal options available in these challenging times, for reducing waste wherever possible and for your continued patience and understanding,” City Administrator Sheila Bassi-Kellet said.

The City of Yellowknife would like to remind residents that spring cleanup will take place at the SWF from May 19 -22 from 1–4 p.m. for PDO.


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