City to present comprehensive solid waste plan to pursue waste diversion target
On January 11, 2021 Saskatoon’s Solid Waste Reduction & Diversion Plan (the Plan) will be presented to the Standing Policy Committee on Environment, Utilities, and Corporate Services. This plan provides a detailed picture of the City’s progress on waste diversion and lays out a roadmap for actions needed to achieve the 70% waste diversion target from the Saskatoon Landfill set by City Council in 2015.
“The plan is founded upon local data, community engagement and national best practice. It considers the significant strides projected for the waste projects - like curbside organics and Recovery Park - that are starting and outlines actions to achieve the remainder of the waste reduction target over the next ten years,” says Jeanna South, Director of Sustainability.
Saskatoon currently sits at 24% waste diversion, while approved programs such as curbside organics (2023), Recovery Park (2023), and Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional (ICI) recycling and organics (2022-2024) are expected to increase the diversion rate to 41–54%.
The Plan, however, looks not only at waste diversion but also to waste reduction. Multi-unit organics, construction & demolition waste diversion, diversion from civic facilities, landfill disposal bans, and single-use items and food waste reduction programs, just to name a few, could position Saskatoon to achieve a 51 – 79% diversion rate. Implementation of the Plan would bring waste management in Saskatoon in line with comparable Canadian municipalities and make Saskatoon a leader in the Prairie Provinces.
“The benefits of the plan’s actions can be looked at from the broader civic, environmental, social and economic perspectives to understand how it contributes to a healthy community,” says South, “while it leads to waste reduction, diversion and improved landfill asset management, implementation of the Plan’s actions also would result in lower greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable and equitable services for residents, and importantly, new economic opportunities.”
The complete Plan, administrative report, fact sheet and future updates can be found at https://www.saskatoon.ca/environmental-initiatives/solid-waste.