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Waste Reduction and Recycling

Funding: Waste Reduction and Recycling Initiative


Funding for residents, organizations, businesses, and communities to reduce or recycle waste.


The Waste Reduction and Recycling Initiative provides funding for organizations, businesses and individuals to undertake projects to reduce waste and move to a more circular economy – where more is reused and less is thrown away.

These projects must support one of the following goals:

  • Reduce the amount of waste generated in our communities;
  • Reuse materials and products, rather than discard them;
  • Collect and recycle materials that are not already collected through an existing GNWT recycling program;
  • Raise awareness about the importance of reducing waste and encourage environmental stewardship of waste resources; and
  • Repurpose waste for a useful benefit.

Funding available

Up to $50,000 is available.


Applications are open between March 11 and April 30, 2024. 


Funding is available for:

  • NWT-based municipalities
  • Indigenous governments
  • Indigenous organizations
  • Schools
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Businesses
  • NWT residents

How to apply

If you are requesting less than $10,000:

  1. Review the program guidelines
  2. Fill out the application form for projects under $10,000
  3. Email it to

If you are requesting more than $10,000:

  1. Review the program guidelines
  2. Use the application form for projects over $10,000. Use the project plan and budget template to complete it.
  3. Email it to

Contact us

Waste Reduction and Recovery Initiative

Environment and Climate Change

PO Box 1320
5102 – 50th Ave
Yellowknife, NT  X1A 2L9

Phone 1-867-767-9236, ext 53176
Fax 1-867-873-0221
Services en français 1-867-767-9231 poste 53041