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Waste Diversion

  Status: Needs improvement

The amount of material diverted from the landfill can reduce environmental impacts and extend the operating life of the current landfill.

The diversion rate is a success indicator in the Strategic Plan. Please visit the Performance Dashboard for more info.

Where are we now?

The percentage of waste diverted from the landfill increased in 2019 and 2020 after a relatively stable period from 2013 and 2018; however, continuous improvement is needed to meet City Council’s 2023 target of 70%.

Data table
Waste Diversion
  2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2023
Diversion Rate % 15 19.6 17.3 18.4 22.7 22.5 21.0 21.8 22.8 22.8 24.3 26  
Target                         70

Source: City of Saskatoon – Sustainability and Water & Waste Operations Divisions

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.

Residential Recycling

Every resident in Saskatoon can now recycle at home with the curbside recycling program and the multi-unit residential recycling program. The City’s four Recycle Depots are also available for extra or oversized recycling.

Household Hazardous Waste Days

The City hosts a series of events that offers residents a way to safely dispose of household items that are dangerous for waste collectors and can harm the environment.

Composting Programs

The City offers a number of ways for residents to compost, including two compost depots with free drop off, a subscription Green Cart collection program, and a Home Composting Education Program.

What can you do?

Sign up for collection reminders for your black, blue and green carts.

Take advantage of City’s composting programs, including the compost depots and the subscription green cart program that now accepts food waste.

Call a Compost Coach for information on how to compost at home, or train to become a compost coach yourself. Each year the City trains 10-12 new volunteers that help others master the art of composting.

Check to see if something can be recycled before throwing it out by checking the City's Waste Wizard searchable database or the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council’s “Where do I recycle my…” page. Many common household items such as batteries, light bulbs, paint and electronics can be diverted from the landfill.

Did You Know?

Over 33,000 tonnes of materials were diverted through the City’s recycling and compost programs in 2020.