Keno residents receive new waste collection equipment

The Government of Yukon is providing new household waste collection equipment to the residents of Keno to support a regularly scheduled waste pickup service by the Hecla Mining Company.

Each household in Keno will receive bear-resistant garbage and recycling carts. These carts form part of a waste collection service that will be available in the community once the Yukon government closes the community waste transfer station. This regular waste pickup and transport service will be provided by the Hecla Mining Company. A trailer provided by the Yukon government will assist Hecla in transporting the waste to a nearby facility.

The Keno waste transfer station is scheduled for closure in early December. The closure will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and costs from regularly transporting waste to the Whitehorse Waste Management Facility.

Thank you to the residents of Keno for your ideas and dialogue about waste management over recent months and thank you to the Hecla Mining Company for providing a new household waste collection service to Keno. The Government of Yukon is supporting this service by providing carts and the transport trailer. We commend Hecla’s innovative approach as the Yukon moves towards a more sustainable, regional model of solid waste management. We will continue working with residents and stakeholders in each region of the territory to modernize the territory’s waste management system for the benefit of all Yukoners and generations to come.”

Minister of Community Services Richard Mostyn

Hecla is pleased to help offset the closure of the local transfer station by providing refuse haulage removal to Keno residents.” 

VP Operations and General Manager at Hecla Yukon Keno Hill Operations Wayne Zigarlick

Quick facts 
  • The Yukon government’s Community Operations Branch manages 16 solid waste facilities and supports 13 recycling depots and two recycling processors across the Yukon.

  • Consistent with Our Clean Future, the Yukon government is moving toward reducing carbon emissions from waste through organics composting and reducing waste hauling distances.

  • The nine households in Keno each received a bear-resistant cart for waste and a bear-resistant bin for recycling. An additional five waste bins and five recycling bins were provided to the community to account for the summer population. 

  • Hecla Mining Company is committed to providing transportation of waste from the community to a nearby solid waste management facility. 


Renée Francoeur
Cabinet Communications


Echo Ross
Communications, Community Services

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