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Curbside Waste Generation

    Status: Needs Improving

Per household curbside waste generation includes the waste generated from all three carts (black, blue, and green) for the average household. It can be influenced by the number of inhabitants in a dwelling and consumer behaviour. By reducing waste, we can save resources, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, and extend the life of landfills.  

Where we are now?

In 2020, the average household disposed of 938 kilograms of waste between the black (81%), blue (12%), and green (7%) carts.

Data Table
Curbside Waste Generation
Year Active Carts (#) Blue Cart (tonnes) Green Cart (tonnes) Black Cart (tonnes) Total (tonnes) Per Household (kilograms)
2016 68,591 9,767 2,470 51,500 63,737 929
2017 69,700 9,311 2,418 52,000 63,729 914
2018 70,400 8,536 2,800 49,500 57,018 801
2019 71,200 8,018 3,200 45,800 57,018 801
2020 71,700 8,014 4,800 54,440 67,254 938

Source: City of Saskatoon Integrated Waste Management Annual Reports

What Are We Doing?

New Waste Diversion Opportunities in 2023

The City will complete the roll-out of three major waste diversion projects in 2023 - Curbside OrganicsRecovery Park, and ICI Waste Diversion Regulations - which are anticipated to achieve waste diversion rates of 41% to 54%.

Solid Waste Reduction and Diversion Plan

The City continues to implement actions identified in the Solid Waste Reduction and Diversion Plan. The plan directly supports Saskatoon's 2022-2025 Strategic Plan and long-term objectives outlined in The Official Community Plan Bylaw, 2020.

What Can You Do?

Reduce what you buy and consider what items are packaged in.

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.

Did You Know?

The federal government has set aspirational goals to decrease Canada's waste by 30% by 2030 and 50% by 2040, and set a goal of zero plastic waste by 2030. The same goal was adopted by the Government of Saskatchewan in 2020.