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Waste Reduction and Recycling

My depot

Recycling depots and processing centres have been closed since March 19, 2020, due to COVID-19. Some depots have been able to open recently, as they implement new health and safety measures to protect depot workers and the public.

Which community recycling depots are open?

  • Behchoko
  • Colville Lake
  • Fort McPherson
  • Fort Resolution
  • Fort Simpson
  • Fort Smith
  • Hay River
  • Inuvik 
  • Norman Wells
  • Whati
  • Yellowknife

When will my depot open?

Local depots and processing centres will open as soon as they are able to implement the health and safety guidelines set out by the WSCC and the Chief Public Health Officer. Some may be able to open more quickly than others, and we appreciate the patience of residents as they wait for their community depot to reopen.

Why can’t they all just open up at once?

Not every depot in the NWT is the same! Some have limited staff or access to resources like running water; others may face delays getting necessary PPE and other supplies. Each community is unique, and guidelines are in place to make sure each depot opens safely for staff and the public.

What can I do with my recyclables in the meantime?

  • Rinse bottles and store them to dry for at least three days, with the caps off
  • Do not mix garbage with your recycling
  • Wash and squash your milk containers before you recycle them

If you can’t store your bottles, consider donating. Many community groups are collecting bottles as a fundraiser. If you are collecting bottles for your group or organization, please contact us at rethinkitnwt@gov.nt.ca to help spread the word!

How can I recycle electronics?

  • If your depot previously accepted electronics, you can recycle your electronics at your depot after it has reopened. 
  • Check this page for the latest information on electronics recycling and collection events.

Where are recycling depots located?

Find the recycling depot closest to you.

When are the next collection events?

Contact ENR to find out when the next collection event will be in your community at rethinkitnwt@gov.nt.ca