From curbside composting to planning for a new e-waste initiative, "2015 was a great year for waste management with the City of Yellowknife," says Peter Houweling, the superintendent of Yellowknife's solid waste facility.
Starting in February, Yellowknifers will also be able to recycle electronic waste — from laptops to desktop computers and printers — at the bottle depot. That service, launching territory-wide, will come along with new fees for electronics sold or supplied in the territory.
According to Houweling, e-waste makes up just two per cent of waste in the landfill, but accounts for up to 90 per cent of the hazardous waste.
The city is also set to expand curbside composting to the Frame Lake neighbourhood, after achieving a 25 per cent waste diversion rate in Range Lake and the Niven/School Draw/Old Town pickup areas. As well as cutting down on volume, it's also cutting down on greenhouse gasses produced by the landfill.
Houweling recently sat down for a year-in-review interview with the CBC.