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   Status: Improving

As our population grows the amount of waste we are generating increases and changes. The current landfill has a lifespan of 40 years and the construction of a new landfill would be costly. 

Reducing the waste that is landfilled is a priority in the Strategic Plan.  Please visit the Performance Dashboard for more info.

Where are we now?

The amount of waste each resident sends to the landfill is decreasing.

Data Table
Landfilled Waste
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Residential Garbage Collection (kg/capita) 340 323 308 284 269 265 252 242 239

Source: City of Saskatoon – Environmental & Corporate Initiatives and Public Works 

What are we doing?

Saskatoon Waste and Recycling Plan 

The City has a 20-year plan to minimize the waste that is landfilled. It focuses on the “5Rs” hierarchy of waste management: reduce, reuse, recycle, resource recovery and residual waste management. The Plan will be updated based on the results of a year-long waste characterization study.

National Zero Waste Council

The City has made a commitment to eliminate waste from the landfill by joining the National Zero Waste Council.

Curbside Swap  

The City supports reuse in the community with Curbside Swap events.

Recovery Park

The City is in the process of re-imagining the landfill to include a wider range of options for materials to be reused and recycled.

What can you do?
Reduce the amount of packaging you bring home by buying bulk when possible and using reusable shopping bags.
Reuse items that still have a useful life by buying or selling items second hand, donating items to charity or taking part in a curbside swap.
Repair when possible rather than buying something new. 

Did You Know?

Saskatoon has one of the highest rates of residential garbage self-hauled to the landfill in Canada.