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Total Waste Disposal and Diversion

  Status: Needs improvement

The most environmentally friendly and cost effective way to manage waste is to eliminate it through reduction or reuse. Please visit the Performance Dashboard for more info.

Where are we now?

Although the total amount of waste handled in 2020 was higher than recent years, the amount of waste diverted increased contributing to the City's overall waste diversion rate of 26%.

Data table
Waste Disposal and Diversion
Year Waste Diverted Waste Disposed (Buried) Total (tonnes)
2009 24,782 140,440 165,222
2010 34,833 143,241 178,073
2011 28,557 136,735 165,292
2012 26,520 117,523 144,043
2013 34,533 117,759 152,292
2014 36,338 124,343 160,680
2015 29,731 110,945 140,676
2016 27,785 99,811 127,596
2017 27,903 94,772 122,675
2018 28,401 96,185 124,585
2019 30,230 94,067 124,297
2020 33,002 93,894 126,896

Source: City of Saskatoon Integrated Waste Management Annual Reports

What are we doing?

Waste Diversion Opportunities Report

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.

Home Composting Education Program

Composting is the process of breaking down organic waste (such as food scraps, grass clippings, and dried leaves) into a rich soil amendment that your lawn and garden will love! Have a composting question? Simply dial (306) 931-3249 or email Please allow 1 business day for one of our Compost Coaches to respond to your inquiry.

Curbside Swap

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

What can you do?

When making a purchase, consider the packaging, how easy a product is to repair, and what disposal options are available.

Find out what your composting style is by taking an online quiz. Compost coaches are available for a home visit if you have questions, need help setting up your home compost system or are troubleshooting an issue.

Donate lightly used items to charities. Charity bins for Canadian Diabetes Association, Community Living, and The Salvation Army are located at three of four City-run recycle depots as well as other locations throughout the city.

Green Cart Program

NEW in 2016: food waste is accepted with yard waste in the Green Cart program.

Did You Know?

Yard and food waste make up over 40% of the waste from an average home. Composting these materials diverts waste from the landfill and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.