7th Annual Indoor Community Garage Sale + Repair Café

Registration is fully booked for the 2020 Indoor Community Garage Sale and Repair Café!! 


Event Details


When: February 8th, 2020
Where: Canada Games Centre Flexi-Hall
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The 7th annual Indoor Community Garage Sale is a much anticipated community event, promoting reuse and the sharing economy in Yukon!

Not only is this a great opportunity to give your items a second life, it’s the perfect venue to raise funds for your organization or sports team, or to make some money doing some early spring cleaning!

Whether you participate as a vendor or a patron, you’ll be doing your part to keep useful materials out of the landfill and in circulation.


Registration Information


All tables are fully booked for this weekend’s sale, thank you for your interest!
Hundreds of attendees visit the Indoor Community Garage Sale each year to support reuse in our community.


Repair Café


Electronics Repair Café

We’re very excited to once again have Yukonstruct join us in hosting their Repair Café during the event. Repair Café Whitehorse has been helping fix broken stuff with monthly drop-in events at Yukonstruct since 2014. Broken toaster, vacuum cleaner or other small home appliance? Bring it in and see if it is fixable using soldering irons, multimeters and other tools. This easy introduction to electronics and small home appliance repair is a useful DIY learning experience that you can literally take home.

A happy Repair Café participant.


Computers for Schools Yukon will also be in attendance at this year’s Repair Café. If you’re having computer issues, bring in your laptop and consult the experts on how you might get your computer working better!


Textiles Repair Café

In addition to electronics repair, we will also have volunteers on hand to help you with basic clothing repairs!

We’ve lined up a number of expert volunteers who are keen to share their mending and sewing knowledge! Are you interested in repairing your own clothes? Want to give your favourite socks a new lease on life? Are you curious to learn more about sewing or stitching? If so, this Repair Café is for you!

Bring an item (or more) in need of repair and a desire to learn, and our experts will work with you to try and fix it up good as new! We’ll have a few sewing machines on hand for the bigger jobs, and the supplies you might need to make a simple repair to your ripped garments! This is a wonderful opportunity to improve or gain valuable skills that will help you lower the impact of your clothing and keep things wearable for years to come!


For more information on the Indoor Community Garage Sale, contact:


Ira Webb
Program Coordinator, Zero Waste Yukon
(867)-667-7269 ext. 27


Family Winter Gear Swap!

Zero Waste Yukon is co-hosting a winter gear swap with the Yukon Literacy Coalition on Family Literacy Day, January 26th at Shipyards Park!

From 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, bring your gently used winter gear and swap it for something new to you!

We’re looking for donations of gently used winter clothing and equipment for the swap! This includes:

  • gloves, mitts and toques
  • jackets and parkas, snowsuits and boots
  • ski and snowboard equipment
  • snowshoes
  • ice skates


If you have something that isn’t on this list, get in touch to see if we can take it!

If you don’t have something to swap, don’t worry! We’ll be accepting donations so that we have extra stuff to give away!


Can’t make the swap but have something to donate? Please bring it to one the following locations:


Smaller items like mitts and toques can be brought to:

Yukon Literacy Coalition (#207-100 Main St., 2nd floor Horwoods Mall)

Family Literacy Centre (2nd floor, Canada Games Centre)

Larger items like parkas and winter sports equipment (skis, etc.) can be brought to Zero Waste Yukon’s offices upstairs at Raven Recycling!


Have questions? Contact us at info@zerowasteyukon.ca or at 667-7269 ext. 27!



Halloween Costume Swap!

Have you found your Halloween costume yet?


Do you have previous years’ Halloween costumes at home collecting dust?


Join Zero Waste Yukon at The Heart of Riverdale Community Centre on October 26 for a free second-hand costume swap! At this all ages event, you can swap your previously worn costume for another!

Want to donate a second-hand costume(s) to this event? You can drop off your clean used costumes at Raven Recycling or The Heart of Riverdale until October 25, or bring them with you to the event! We are aiming for a good selection of both adult and kids costumes, so any donations are greatly appreciated!

This is a great opportunity to participate in Waste Reduction Week!

Saturday’s theme is Swap, Share, Repair, so how better to participate than with a costume swap?! You will save money and unnecessary plastic, packaging, and production costs. You can also give your previous costumes a new life by donating them for someone else to use!


Event Details:

When: Saturday October 26 from 11 am to 3 pm

Where: The Heart of Riverdale Community Centre (38 Lewes Boulevard)

Snacks will be provided!

Be sure to also stick around for the Heart of Riverdale’s Haunted House, happening the afternoon of the 26th!

Contribute towards a greener community by swapping, not shopping! For more info, contact us at info@zerowasteyukon.ca or 667-7269 ext. 27



Just Eat It: A food waste story

Where is your food going?


Zero Waste Yukon is excited to announce another film screening to celebrate Waste Reduction Week in Canada!

On October 22 at 7:00 at the Yukon Beringia Centre, we’ll be screening Just Eat It: A food waste story. Watch the trailer below:



We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash?

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that has been discarded. In a nation where one in ten people is food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling. But as Grant’s addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue, the ‘thrill of the find’ has unexpected consequences.

Featuring interviews with author, activist and TED lecturer Tristram Stuart, food waste expert Dana Gunders, and acclaimed author Jonathan Bloom, Just Eat It looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.


    Screening details:

    When: October 22 at 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30)
    Where: Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre



Hope to see you all there! Stay tuned to our website for event updates or visit our Facebook Event Page!

For more information on food waste in Canada, visit our Food Waste Page.



2019 Indoor Community Garage Sale

Registration is now open for the 2019 Indoor Community Garage Sale!

Call our event partner North Star Mini Storage at 633-5402 to reserve your table!

Over 1000 people attended the 2018 Indoor Community Garage Sale at the CGC (Zero Waste Yukon).


This is the 6th annual garage sale hosted by Zero Waste Yukon. Last year’s sale saw over 1000 people attend!

One important change to note, this year’s sale will be held in a new location, the Yukon Convention Centre at the Coast High Country Inn.

This event is a great opportunity to raise funds for your organization or sports team, or to make some money doing some early spring cleaning! By participating as a vendor or patron, you’ll be doing your part to keep useful materials out of the landfill and in circulation!

You’ll be sure to find great items at awesome prices, so mark your calendars!

The sale takes place from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Yukon Convention Centre!


We’re also very excited to have Yukonstruct back with their world famous Repair Cafe!

“Repair Café Whitehorse has been helping fix broken stuff with monthly drop-in events at YuKonstruct since 2014. Broken toaster, vacuum cleaner or other small home appliance? Bring it in and see if it is fixable using soldering irons, multimeters and other tools. This easy introduction to electronics and small home appliance repair is a useful DIY learning experience that you can literally take home.”

Check out our blog post about Glen Piwowar and the Repair Cafe from last year’s garage sale!


A generous thank you to all our sponsors!


Stay tuned for more information or contact info@zerowasteyukon.ca!


Bea Johnson of “Zero Waste Home” visits Whitehorse

Whitehorse can stop wasting, says leader of global Zero Waste lifestyle movement


A woman who has eliminated trash from her California-based household since 2008 is coming to Whitehorse to encourage others to do the same.

Bea Johnson and her family adopted a Zero Waste lifestyle in 2008 and they now produce only a half litre of trash per year. Her blog and subsequent bestseller Zero Waste Home launched a global movement of waste-free living.

Zero Waste Home has been translated into over 20 languages and is rated number one in the amazon.com waste category.


“In giving this way of life a face, in showing that Zero Waste is possible, that it can be stylish, that it can save time and money (40% on our overall budget!), we changed people’s misconceptions. And our lifestyle turned into a movement. Thousands are doing this now,” says Johnson.

Dubbed “The Priestess of Waste-Free Living” by the New York Times, she has become a guru to a fan base to hundreds of thousands on Facebook and Instagram.

“The Zero Waste lifestyle might, at first sight, be about reducing as much household trash as possible, but what you ultimately discover is a simple life, a life based on experiences instead of things. It’s the opposite of what we would have expected it be; It’s improved our lives so much that we could not envision going back to the way we used to live,” the French native explains.

Bea Johnson has completed 14 international speaking tours and given talks in 50+ countries on 6 continents.


A will to create a more sustainable world for her children’s future is what got her started 10 years ago. Today she is driven to spread her message as far and wide as possible. Johnson speaks all over the globe, counting the United Nations, Google, Adobe, and the European Parliament as recent gigs. Bea is known to talk about her personal journey with humor and without preaching, inspiring self-reflection and change.

Zero Waste Yukon is excited to annouce that Bea will be speaking twice in Whitehorse on October 21st – once in French and once in English. She will be giving a presentation about practical ways to eliminate trash. Johnson’s presentations will be the closing event in Whitehorse for Waste Reduction Week in Canada, which takes place October 15-21 across the nation in support of waste reduction initiatives.

Zero Waste Yukon chose to bring Bea to the Yukon because she is extremely knowledgeable and relatable to so many people. She’s had such a large influence abroad and we’re excited for her to inspire change here locally too. Waste Reduction Week is the perfect time to bring everyone together to inspire action.

“I’m really excited to share my lifestyle in Whitehorse. There’s been a lot of interest in this way of life in Canada and I am honored by Zero Waste Yukon’s invitation” says Johnson.

Bea Johnson is speaking twice on October 21st at the MacBride Museum – 1124 Front St. Both presentations will be followed by a Q&A period.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – présentation en Français

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – presentation in English

Both presentations are open to the public.


Contact info@zerowasteyukon.ca or call 867-667-7269 ext. 27 for more information.



Award-winning documentary Bag It comes to Whitehorse

Zero Waste Yukon is excited to announce a free film screening of the award-winning documentary Bag It!


The screening will take place at the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre, at 7:00 pm on October 17th.

Bag It follows Jeb Berrier, an average American guy who is admittedly not a “tree hugger,” who makes a pledge to stop using plastic bags. His girlfriend, Anne, joins him in the challenge to decrease their use of plastic at home. This small action gets Jeb thinking about plastic—not just about plastic bags, but other kinds of plastic. “What is plastic made of? Is it recyclable? Does it decompose when it ends up in the landfill? Does plastic have negative health effects?” Jeb wants to learn more, so he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world.

Our reliance on single-use disposable items is so deeply ingrained in our society that we rarely stop to think of what effects our behavior might have on our local environment. The film explores these issues and identifies how our daily reliance on plastic threatens not only waterways and marine life, but human health, too. In the Yukon, single-use plastics take up large amounts of landfill space, are hard to recycle, and escape collection to litter our wild spaces and affect wildlife.

Building off a successful Plastic Free July, the screening at Beringia Centre is part of Zero Waste Yukon’s campaign to curb the use of single-use plastics in the territory. Many North American cities including Washington, DC and San Francisco, as well as countries like Ireland, Italy and China have implemented fees or bans on single-use disposable bags, with positive results.

“Think about it—why would you make something that you’re going to use for a few minutes out of a material that’s basically going to last forever, and you’re just going to throw it away? What’s up with that?”
—Jeb Berrier


Event Details:

Screening Date: October 17, 2018

Screening Time: 7:00 PM

Screening Location: Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre

Admission: FREE


Contact info@zerowasteyukon.ca or call 667-7269 ext 27 for more info.



Free Public Film Screening: Divide in Concord

Join us as we kick off our Recycling & Zero Waste Working Forum with a free public screening of the film DIVIDE IN CONCORD!

Divide in Concord is an award-winning feature-length documentary that follows the entertaining tale of the battle of banning bottled water in small town America.

In 1775, Concord patriots fired the infamous ‘shot heard round the world’ that began a Revolution and defined a nation. Now a local eighty-four year-old woman has waged another seemingly unwinnable battle. For three years Jean Hill has been trying to rid the town of single-serve plastic bottles of water. Complete with strong opposition from local merchants and the bottled water industry, Jean is once again leading the controversial crusade.

In the same town that incited the American Revolution and inspired Thoreau’s environmental movement, can one senior citizen make history? A tense nail-biter of a vote will decide.

Doors and reception open at 6:30 pm, light snacks will be provided.

This free public event is the kick-off to the Recycling & Zero Waste Working Forum, April 12 and 13 at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre.

For more information and to register, click here.


Free Public Presentation: Eric Lombardi, Eco-Cycle Solutions

We’re excited to announce as part of our Recycling and Zero Waste Working Forum, a free public evening presentation by Eric Lombardi, Senior Advisor to Eco-Cycle Solutions and CEO of Zero Waste Strategies Inc.

On Thursday April 12 at the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre, Eric Lombardi will give an inspiring and educational talk on what Zero Waste is, the global picture, local challenges, and the steps we need to take to get Yukon to Zero Waste (or darn near!).

Doors and reception open at 6:30 pm. The presentation will be followed by a short Q&A period.

Light snacks will be provided and there will be a cash bar with beer and wine.


About the speaker


Eric Lombardi is a recognized authority with over 30 years experience creating comprehensive community-based resource recovery programs. For 24 years he was Executive Director of Eco-Cycle, the largest Zero Waste social enterprise in North America, and since the mid ’90s has been at the forefront of the Zero Waste Movement.

In his work as an international consultant, keynote speaker and strategic community planner he has addressed numerous topics including Zero Waste, the waste-climate connection, recycling facility design, recycling of hard-to-recycle materials (CHaRM), building social enterprises, and the politics of growing community programs.

Lombardi holds a Masters Degree in Technology and Human Affairs from Washington University (St. Louis), and other notable achievements include:

– helped create the GrassRoots Recycling Network
– co-founded the Zero Waste International Alliance
– co-founded the US Non-Profit Recyclers Council
– invited to the Clinton White House as one of the Top 100 USA Recyclers

Eric’s work brings together governments, businesses and communities to “experience success within their mutual enlightened self interests.” He aims to support a global community-of-practice that is working to bring an end to the age of landfilling and incineration, and keep transforming the “waste management” industry into the “resource management” industry.


An unique opportunity


Lombardi will also be speaking several times during our Recycling and Zero Waste Working Forum. This forum will provide knowledge and tools to business owners, policy makers, community depots, elected leaders and landfill operators. He will be joined by other expert panelists including Giselle Beaudry, Waste Reduction Specialist with the Government of the Northwest Territories, who helped implement their Electronics Recycling Program, and Allen Langdon, Managing Director of RecycleBC, North America’s first 100% extended producer responsibility (EPR) program.

“Producer responsibility is the real revolution of the 21st century – it’s the other half of the story. When we start making products with the environment in mind, then we can start recovering them for reuse – then we have the cycle, and that whole cycle represents Zero Waste,” says Lombardi.

Given the Yukon Government’s work on expanding the Designated Material Regulation, and ongoing changes in the global industry, the timing is great for sharing information and planning for the future. Unified action and knowledge are essential for reducing waste and creating better ways to manage resources that currently end up in the landfill.

For more information on the forum visit our forum website.


Eric Lombardi’s free public presentation takes place at 6:30 pm on April 12, 2018 at the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre.



Zero Waste Yukon would like to thank our event sponsor Yukon Brewing!





5th Annual Indoor Community Garage Sale + Reuse Fair

Registration is now open for the 5th annual Indoor Community Garage Sale!

This year during the sale we will be launching our new household goods reuse program, “Perfectly Good!”

Also new this year is the opportunity to learn to repair household electronics with the help of YuKonstruct‘s handy Repair Cafe. YuKonstruct’s volunteers will make their best effort to help you repair your broken devices during the event.

We will also have visible mending and weaving workshops on offer, stay tuned for registration details!

With over 1000 people attending the event last year, this event is a great opportunity to raise funds for your organization (non-profit, sports team, etc.) while keeping materials out of the landfill! Or, just shop around for great secondhand items at awesome prices!

To register as a vendor for the event please call North Star Mini Storage, our event partner, at 633-5402.

Visit the Facebook event page here, and contact Zero Waste Yukon for more information!