Kavanaugh Bros Ltd. is a northern-owned and operated business providing the City of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and surrounding areas, with residential and commercial waste collection and vacuum truck sewage removal services for over 50 years. The Kavanaugh team brings a wealth of experience in all aspects of waste management, including recycling and waste diversion tactics. We are a full-service waste solution company offering clientele with excellent service and an impeccable track record.

We are a full-service company offering the following:

  • Commercial waste bin and recycling bin supply, maintenance, and service
  • Residential waste and organic collection and vacuum truck services
  • Construction waste and recycling roll-off container supply and services
  • Commercial vacuum truck services, including emergency response
  • Hydrovac daylighting and sewer flushing
  • Landfill management and consultation
  • Landfill compaction
  • Tire recycling
  • Woodchipping
  • Fencing rental and demolition services
  • Portable washroom, wash car and sewage tank rentals and service
  • Development of customized waste management and recycling programs, complete with collections services
  • Bulk water supply, outside of City limits

Contact us to find out how we can supply the equipment and manpower for all your waste collection and removal requirements on your site.


What’s New

Kavanaugh Bros Ltd. is dedicated to waste diversion. We specialize in creating customized recycling and waste management programs for our clients. Examples of current initiatives include:

Meet “Thor” the Compactor

Yellowknife Trash Compactor

In the Spring of 2020, Kavanaugh purchased an 816F Series 2 CAT Landfill Compactor, that we fittingly named “Thor”. You’ll currently find this mighty machine compacting at the City of Yellowknife Solid Waste Facility. Our experienced operators use specialized waste compaction methods to successfully crush and compress the existing waste in the landfill cells. The compactor performance has been very successful as we work, alongside the City of Yellowknife SWF staff, to increase landfill capacity and reduce costs.

We look forward to bringing “Thor” to other community landfills in the NWT to assist in waste compaction and extend landfill life.


Community Involvement

Best Commercial Float – Yellowknife Christmas Parade 2020

Yellowknife Christmas Parade Commercial Winner - Uncle Eddie

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 City of Yellowknife Santa Clause Parade was held in a reverse format. Parade entry floats were instead static displays while Yellowknifers drove past the parade floats while enjoying the warmth of their car. The theme was “your favourite Christmas movie” and of course the Kavanagh team knew what movie to pick!

Our Christmas Vacation themed static display featured uncle Eddie’s dusty old RV and even Uncle Eddie himself, pretending to spread sewage all over the place! But don’t worry – we had the Kavanaugh vacuum truck there to clean up his mess. We had a great time at the parade and are pleased to say we even won in the “Best Commercial Float” category. It was excellent to see some smiles on faces, especially during these unprecedented times, due to COVID. Uncle Eddie and the Kavanaugh team were pleased to have had the opportunity to lift some spirits!


Committed to Safety

Kavanaugh Bros. demands that the highest standards in health, safety and environmental protection are met by all persons involved in our day to day operation.

Through employee orientation, education, training, incident investigation and equipment maintenance, our management and staff are prepared and held accountable to ensure that they are working in a safe and secure work environment. As a member of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), we continue to expand our knowledge and stay on top of regulation, policy and technological changes in the solid waste and recycling industries across North America. Kavanaugh has recently upgraded the Safety Management System to facilitate continuing compliance with the ever-changing waste management industry.

We are also committed to the protection of the environment in our day to day operations. Our staff plays a key role in educating the public as to acceptable disposal of hazardous waste as well as ensuring compliance with regulations. Management continues to take a proactive role to develop policies and procedures that meet or exceed current legislation and bylaws.

Kavanaugh’s preventative maintenance program help to eliminate equipment failure and the associated risks to personnel and the environment. Our staff plays a large role in the daily inspection and upkeep of our fleet. Trained in-house personnel ensure exacting maintenance is performed when or before it is required. Our commitment to Northern Business give us a network of local professionals available at all times for routine equipment maintenance and special repairs.