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Waste Reduction and Recycling

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is rethinking how the Northwest Territories (NWT) manages waste. NWT residents are encouraged to rethink their habits and the impact they have on the environment.

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Your actions count!

On average, almost 76,000 beverage containers are returned for recycling or reuse in the NWT every year.

Since 2010, approximately 38 million single-use retail bags have been kept out of NWT landfills and off the land.

In the first year of the Electronics Recycling Program pilot project more than 10 metric tonnes of electronics were collected in four communities.

We’re hoping we can count on your continued support. Rethink it. Keep the NWT clean.


Waste Reduction and Recovery Act

The Waste Reduction and Recovery Act (Act) was enacted in 2003. The Act created a framework enabling the GNWT to implement programs to reduce, reuse, recycle and recover waste products/materials throughout the NWT, or ban certain materials damaging to the environment.


Waste Reduction and Recovery Advisory Committee

The Waste Reduction and Recovery Advisory Committee provides advice and assistance to ENR to ensure improved reduction and recovery of waste in the NWT.  Members of the committee are appointed by the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, and reflect the following sectors and organizations:

  • Retailers
  • Distributors/manufacturers
  • Environmental organizations
  • Community governments
  • Public at large
  • ENR

Environment Fund

The Environment Fund is a special purpose fund defined under the NWT Financial Administration Act. It was established under the NWT Waste Reduction and Recovery Act to handle all income and expenses of waste reduction and recovery programs and initiatives.

This fund can only be used for waste reduction and recovery purposes.  Any surplus revenue in the Environment Fund is used to help create new waste reduction and recovery programs and initiatives.