Good morning everybody! We haven’t been able to clear all the snow from the transfer station, so the lower portion of the transfer station, i.e. brush, construction and metal are not accessible.
Please do not bring these materials to Mt. Lorne Transfer Station until next week. If you have to, Carcross, Tagish, Marsh Lake and Whitehorse are able to receive these materials. We have been able to plow a narrow path around the transfer station but there will be no room to park and spend time at the free store. We apologize for the inconvenience- Hello Winter!
We are taking the Free Store online!
If you have items that you would normally drop off at the free store (see list below), please post them on the Mt. Lorne Transfer Station Free Store Trading page on Facebook, or email us at email@example.com and we will post your items with your contact information on our website and Facebook trading group.
In taking the free store online we are encouraging physical distancing as much as we possible can and ask that participants adhere to the following guidelines:
• Posted items must be clean and washed before someone pick the items up
• All items posted must be FREE, same as if you were dropping them off at the free store (the online free store will operate as closely to the free store at the transfer station as possible!)
• Overall, please be safe and respectful of everyone participating in the online Free Store
What the Free Store Accepts
* Anything that can fit in your vehicle that is still usable or just needs minor repairs *
Other items not listed (if stuff is broke, please indicate)
Thank you to our wonderful community for your continued support.
– Mt. Lorne Transfer Team
On March 20th the Mt. Lorne Transfer station stopped bottle depot services due to uncertainty and safety issues posed by Covid-19. However since then we’ve taken steps to make sure that our operations are safe for staff and customers and we are now confident that we can resume our bottle depot services and our recycling services while ensuring staff are safe and that customers adhere to social distancing measures. The Free Store will remain closed due to the large amounts of traffic that it generates, but please stay tuned for alternative options that we are working on.
Recyclable Materials Accepted
Paper products -cardboard, boxboard, white office paper, mixed-paper (newsprint, magazines, coloured paper)
Textiles (clean clothes only – no purses shoes or belts)
Plastics – Soft plastic (plastic without edges, ie. plastic bags, shrink-wrap
Hard plastic – # 1, 3,5,6,7 – # 1 clamshell packaging is now included in hard plastic
NO Styrofoam at all! There is currently no market at all available to recycle any Styrofoam
Mt Lorne refund depot will be open for cash refunds on May 22 with the following changes:
– Small orders (less than 5 or 6 bags) will be given cash refunds, with normal social distancing guidelines. Customers are requested to self-sort as much as possible at home in order to speed up the refund process.
– Large orders (more than 5 or 6 bags) can be dropped off and will be processed later during the week for a cash refund pickup the following week.
This drop off model for larger orders will reduce the amount of time site users spend on site thereby ensuring social distancing standards are adhered to.
Donations – refunds can be donated to the Whitehorse Food-bank, Mt Lorne Firehall, LMCA, or to the dump itself. Thank you in advance for any and all donations.
Thank you everybody, slowly but surely were getting through this, thanks for your help and good will!
From all the Mt Lorne Staff
On March 20th the Mt. Lorne Transfer station stopped bottle depot services due to uncertainty and safety issues posed by Covid-19. However since then we’ve taken steps to make sure that our operations are safe for staff and customers and we are now confident that we can resume our bottle depot services and our recycling services while ensuring staff are safe and that customers adhere to social distancing measures. The Free Store will remain closed due to the large amounts of traffic that it generates.
Recyclable Materials Accepted – as of May 1
Paper products -cardboard, boxboard/mixed paper, office paper, and newsprint
Textiles (clean clothes only – no purses shoes or belts
Plastics – Soft plastic (plastic without edges, i.e. plastic bags, shrink-wrap
Hard plastic – # 1, 3,5,6,7 # 1 clamshell packaging is now included in hard plastic styrofoam, white packaging Styrofoam only!No building or coloured Styrofoam, no meat trays.
Mt Lorne Bottle depot – will be open for refunds on May 1 with the following changes…we are
– Shifting to a drop off model: Customers and site users will be informed through social media and one-on-one interactions that Mt. Lorne will begin accepting beverage containers for drop-off. Customers will drop off beverage containers with the understanding that transfer station attendants will sort the containers and provide a refund in cash the following week. A drop off model will reduce the amount of time site users spend on site thereby ensuring social distancing standards are adhered to.
– Storing Beverage Containers for 72 Hours: According to the W.H.O. Covid-19 can survive up to 72 hours on plastics and metals. When customers drop off beverage containers in plastic bags attendants will label the bags with the name of the customer and the day when it was dropped off. After 72 hours attendants will then sort and tally each customer’s refund and enter it into a spreadsheet. During weekly cash-out the manager will prepare envelopes for customer pick-up the following week. We encourage customers to self-sort refundables into cans, milk jugs, plastic bottles and glass bottles as it speeds up the process significantly. If you can, please wait until you have a larger load of refundables before dropping them off at the Mt. Lorne Transfer Station. One large bag a month is easier for us to sort than a small bag every week.
– Donating all refunds: We recognize that it may be inconvenient to wait a week for a smaller refund, so if that’s the case we encourage you to donate refunds to:
Whitehorse Food Bank – Mt Lorne Fire Hall – LMCA community center
Any refunds donated to the dump or not specified will be donated to the Food Bank 4. Ensuring staff and customers are safe: Shifting to a drop off model allows staff to process beverage container refunds in a controlled environment without members of the public present which is safer for both staff and customers who might otherwise be waiting in a line for refunds to be processed on site. Staff will be provided with disposable rubber gloves for sorting refunds and an on-site hand-washing station. After refunds are sorted staff will clean surfaces with disinfectant
Please read below the Yukon government news release:
So you’re probably wondering just what can we recycle?
Well we can still divert around 50% of our waste from the landfill by the following:
Compost / organics – these comprise around 50% of domestic waste all by themselves. So grab a bucket
for compost and either put in a compost pile at home, or add it to our compost and organics diversion pile.
Cardboard and boxboard – yep we can still collect and bale cardboard and boxboard (no magazines or books tho) so keep it coming.
Tin cans and Metal – tin cans go into the metal pile which will – one day soon we hope – be compacted and sent out for recycling.
E waste – what is ewaste you ask? Its electronic waste and it consists of anything with a cords. Anything that uses electricity. So make sure anything with a cord goes on our ewaste table (ask attendant please).
HHW – which is household hazardous waste, and this stuff is probably the most important material to recycle as it is the most harmful to the environment. This includes waste oil and antifreeze, batteries, fluorescent tubes (mercury vapour) chemicals solvents paints and stains, flammables. These items should never be put into the compactor because they will just get buried in the Whitehorse landfill. They need to be incinerated cleanly at high temps, so please keep them out for proper disposal.
Refunds – we are exploring ways and methods of reopening our refunds, at least on a limited basis, perhaps by having you organize and count your refundable’s into separate containers or bags in order to limit exposure, or perhaps set up estimation containers. We will get back to everybody hopefully by next week.
Thanks everybody and really —- spring is coming!!!
Due to the ongoing risk posed by Coronavirus (COVID-19) we will be reducing some of our services. Our goal is to make the transfer station safe for attendants and site users while ensuring that we can continue to offer our core services of waste diversion and recycling. As of this weekend we will be temporarily closing the free store and no longer providing refunds. Recycling and garbage services will remain the same. We ask that you please drop your waste and recycling off and depart quickly in effort to increase social distancing. We will get through this together! Thank you for your understanding and support.
-Mt. Lorne Transfer Station
Hi Everybody!! Spring is coming and so are tipping fees. But did you know that 75% to 80% of household garbage is recyclable, meaning no disposal fees on recyclable stuff. So let’s help each other. Recycle more – pay less, win-win for you, us and the environment!!
Ask us for help on setting up home recycling stations to increase your recycling and to decrease your tipping fees.
Please find below a link to the Yukon Government web page with information regarding the implementation and initial price schedule for tipping fees. Below the link is the information from that Web site, if you don’t want to go looking for it.
Find out about tipping fees in rural communities
When will fees be introduced?
Starting in April 2020, tipping fees will come into effect at the following dumps:
- Deep Creek
- Mount Lorne
- Marsh Lake
All facilities except Beaver Creek and Old Crow will have tipping fees by April 2021. We plan to introduce tipping fees at Beaver Creek and Old Crow by 2022.
Everyone will pay a similar cost for the same service.
How much will fees cost?
Tipping fees are based on fees at the Whitehorse dump. For example:
|Household garbage||$1 per bag|
|Bulky items like a desk or couch||$10 per item|
|Large applicances wiithout refrigerant, like dishwashers, stoves, driers||$15 per item|
|Large appliances with refrigerant, like fridges, freezers or air conditioners||$40 per item|
|Free store items, excluding clothing||$1 per bag|
An official fee schedule will be released later in March.
Find out about recommendations on solid waste management
We work with the Association of Yukon Communities and the City of Whitehorse to improve waste management and recycling in Yukon. To learn more, read the report from the Ministerial Committee on Solid Waste.
Find out more about the best practices in solid waste management for northern and remote communities.
Where: Mt Lorne Transfer Station Office, Mile 9 S. Klondike Highway
When: Saturday March 7, 2020 at 10:00am
The Society stopped operations last Apr 1 when we decided not to bid on the tender to operate the Mt Lorne Transfer Station. So we are meeting to pass a Special Resolution to dissolve the Society.
For more information you can contact Mike Bailie at 335-3574, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or ask at the Mt Lorne Transfer Station.
Recycling depots across the Yukon are being asked to stop accepting non-beverage glass for recycling as of November 30, 2019.
As of November 30th, glass jars, bottles, containers and other non-refundable glass like pickle jars will no longer be accepted at recycling facilities in Whitehorse. As a result, all recycling depots outside of Whitehorse are being asked to stop accepting this glass as well. Refundable glass beverage containers (like beer, juice and liquor bottles) will remain in the Beverage Container Regulation, and must still be accepted at all depots.
We’re asking all Yukoners to safely dispose of non-beverage glass in household waste, and focus on reducing and reusing when possible.