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Waste Diversion

  Status: Needs Improving

Diverting material from the landfill can reduce environmental impacts related to garbage disposal, such as the creation of toxic leachate and methane gas, and maximize the operating life of the landfill.

The City's 2022-2025 Strategic Plan includes the following key action within the Environmental Sustainability priority area:

Relevant actions from the Low Emissions Community Plan include:

Where are we now?

The percentage of waste diverted from the landfill was 25% in 2021. Continued improvement and new programs are needed to meet City's target of 70%.

Data Table
Waste Diversion
  2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Target
Diversion Rate % 15 20 17 18 23 23 21 22 23 23 24 26 25  
Target                           70

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

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 Organics, Recovery 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.

Waste and Recycling Services

The City offers several programs to help residents divert waste, including:

What Can You Do?

Residents and businesses can reduce the amount of waste they send to landfills by utilizing one or more of the many waste diversion programs offered by the City:

  • Sign-up for a Green Cart to compost food and yard scraps;
  • Ensure household hazardous waste, such as aerosols and cleaners, are properly disposed by attending a HHW drop-off event (for household hazardous waste from Saskatoon residences only); and
  • Learn more about waste reduction and diversion through one of our many community waste education programs.

Visit the Waste & Recycling webpage to learn more about all the waste, recycling, and organics programs the City has to offer.

Did You Know?

A total of 31,000 tonnes of materials were diverted through the City’s recycling and organics programs in 2021.