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.
Where are we now?
The amount of waste each resident sends to the landfill is decreasing.
|Residential Garbage Collection (kg/capita)*||340||323||308||284||269||265||252||242||239||226||219||214|
*Note: single-family and multi-unit residential sources make up the majority of waste collected by City trucks; however, some commercial collections are combined with collections from multi-unit residential properties.
Source: City of Saskatoon – Sustainability and Water & Waste Operations Divisions
What are we doing?
The Waste Opportunities Report provides a potential roadmap for Saskatoon’s waste management programs and recommends a schedule of policies and initiatives that Council could adopt to achieve full implementation. Shortlisted items include modifying the approach to financing solid waste (waste as a utility); changes to the Waste Bylaw; modifying collection frequency; disposal ban(s); a material recycling facility at the landfill; city-wide organics program for residents; enhanced data management systems; and ongoing education and awareness.
The City has made a commitment to eliminate waste from the landfill by joining the National Zero Waste Council.
The City supports reuse in the community with Curbside Swap events.
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.