About Us

Welcome to Icarenwt.ca, the official website for all Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) waste reduction and recycling programs and initiatives!  We welcome your feedback!  If you have a comment or question about any of our waste reduction and recycling programs and initiatives, email us at nwtrecycle@gov.nt.ca.

Waste Reduction and Recovery Act

The Waste Reduction and Recovery Act (Act) was enacted in 2003.  The Act created a framework that enabled the GNWT to implement programs to reduce, reuse, recycle and recover waste products/materials throughout the NWT, or ban certain materials that damage the environment. 

Waste Reduction and Recovery Advisory Committee

The Waste Reduction and Recovery Advisory Committee provides advice and assistance to ENR to ensure improved reduction and recovery of waste in the NWT.  Members of the committee are appointed by the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, and reflect the following sectors and organizations:

  • Retailers
  • Distributors/manufacturers
  • Environmental organizations
  • Community governments
  • Public at large
  • ENR

Environment Fund

The Environment Fund is a special purpose fund defined under the NWT Financial Administration Act.  It was established under the NWT Waste Reduction and Recovery Act to handle all income and expenses of waste reduction and recovery programs and initiatives. 

This fund can only be used for waste reduction and recovery purposes.  Any surplus revenue in the Environment Fund is used to help create new waste reduction and recovery programs and initiatives.

Programs and Initiatives

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has two operational waste reduction and recovery programs, and one initiative: