Construction underway on Saskatoon’s waste diversion facility
With the concept and site design approved by City Council, construction is in full swing on Recovery Park. The facility, next to the landfill, will be Saskatoon’s one-stop point for easy, efficient, and cost-effective waste diversion.
“This project has been years in the making so it’s great to be at the stage where work is now happening on the site,” says Bryan Zerebeski, Senior Project Management Engineer, Technical Services. “The site has been cleaned up and cleared and soon we’ll get started on new weigh scales and new administrative and equipment storage buildings. The site will be landscaped and when Recovery Park opens in 2023, Saskatoon will experience a very easy and well-organized facility for waste and recycling.”
A new road into the Recovery Park site has already been built and will open on August 9, 2021. Visitors will still access the landfill off Valley Road but will be directed onto the new road while the existing one is decommissioned.
Recovery Park was designed to improve recycling options at the landfill and provide space to develop future diversion opportunities. The materials being considered for acceptance include:
- mixed metals
- construction and demolition waste
- rigid plastics
- household hazardous waste
- used oil and antifreeze
- elm wood
Right now, the City diverts 24 per cent of its garbage from the landfill. With Recovery Park, curbside organics and the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Regulation all launching in 2023, the waste diversion rate is projected to increase to 41-54 per cent.
Under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, the Government of Canada will fund up to $7.8 million toward the Recovery Park project and the Government of Saskatchewan will contribute up to $6,499,350. The City of Saskatoon will fund the remainder of the $37.5 million project and any additional costs.
For more information on Recovery Park and to see the facility layout, visit saskatoon.ca/recoverypark.