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City waste diversion programs set to wrap on another successful season

For immediate release: October 29, 2020 - 11:00am
UE20-1654

The City of Saskatoon will be wrapping up some of its increasingly popular waste diversion programs for the 2020 season.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off

The HHW Drop-off program had another great year, averaging 576 participants per event and receiving a total of 135,115 kg of hazardous waste to date; a significant increase over 2019 despite having to cancel the first two events of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The final HHW Drop-off Day of 2020 is Sunday, November 1 (9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.) at the Civic Operations Centre (57 Valley Road).
  • Approximate wait times will be posted periodically on the day of the event on the Facebook event page.
  • Measures are being taken to accommodate a high volume of traffic, although residents are reminded to consider other means of safe disposal for the more common household hazardous items (e.g. batteries, light bulbs, paint, used engine oil) to avoid the long line-up and wait time. Visit saskatoon.ca/wastewizard to search an item for recycling and disposal information.
  • More information, including acceptable items and COVID-19 guidelines are available at saskatoon.ca/hazardouswaste

Green Cart Program

Over 1,400 new subscribers joined the program this year bringing the total to 11,180 curbside households. This helped the City divert approximately 3.1 million kg of food and yard waste from the landfill.  

  • Final collections for Green Cart subscribers will happen November 2–6. All subscribers will receive a bonus Green Cart collection on their scheduled pickup day, regardless of when their previous collection was performed. Carts should be placed at the curb by 7:00 a.m. to ensure successful collection.
  • Registration for the 2021 season will begin on January 4, 2021 at saskatoon.ca/greencart

Compost Depots

The two compost depots have welcomed over 65,000 vehicles to date; a significant increase over 2019. The west depot shredded approximately 6,300 tonnes of wood into mulch and produced approximately 5,400 tonnes of finished screened compost that was made available to Saskatoon parks, community gardens, the Dig-Your-Own program, and for bulk purchase.​

  • Both the East and West Compost Depots will remain open until Saturday, November 7 for any excess yard waste that may not fit in residential Green Carts.
  • The Compost Depots will then close for the winter season and are currently scheduled to re-open in April 2021.
  • This will also be the last chance to take advantage of the available inventory of compost and mulch at the West Compost Depot; available at no charge for Dig-Your-Own and by bulk purchase for customers.
  • For more information, please visit saskatoon.ca/compostdepots

The City would like to thank residents for diverting their organic and hazardous waste from the landfill and helping Saskatoon move closer to its 70% waste diversion target.