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COVID-19: bi-weekly garbage pick-up extended green cart & compost depot updates

For immediate release: April 14, 2020 - 4:53pm
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We are constantly reassessing developments to ensure the safety and well-being of staff and citizens and how the City delivers public services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Curbside Garbage Collection

The City will continue bi-weekly garbage (black cart) collection until further notice. Increasing staffing levels for weekly collections would add to personnel congestion and require extensive close-contact training in and around vehicles and equipment at a time when physical distancing is a priority. The health and safety of our employees is of utmost importance and these measures will help to limit the number of unique exposures with potentially contaminated waste containers and help reduce the spread of the virus.  

The City will continue to provide the highest level of service that is possible at this time with current staff levels and resources. To assess how the current situation is affecting residential garbage generation rate, we are actively monitoring total daily collection weights as trucks unload at the landfill. All necessary precautions are being taken to prepare for summer collection and we will adapt as the situation continues to evolve.  

During this time, residents are asked to help protect the health and safety of our staff and recycling partners and reduce the spread of the virus by following these guidelines:

  • Bag your garbage
  • Do NOT place loose used tissues and napkins in your bin as they can become wind-blown when the lid opens during collection
  • Do NOT discard used protective gloves or masks on the ground; place these items in a bag and dispose in household or black bin garbage
  • Do NOT overfill your carts or leave loose items on the ground
  • IF YOU’RE SICK: place ANY item that has come into contact with your mouth, nose or eyes into the garbage; even items that you normally place into your Blue Cart or Bin (e.g. water/beverage bottles, pop cans, milk/juice cartons, etc.)
  • Ensure accessible cart placement to avoid manual handling by the driver and return your cart to your property after collection
  • Don’t miss pick-up day! Your Collection Calendar is available online. Sign up for updates, get the Saskatoon Recycle & Waste app, or print your own. Please remind your neighbours if you notice their carts have not been placed out for collection.
  • This and other updates to waste operations can be found at saskatoon.ca/waste

Green Cart Program

In fulfilling our commitment to sustainability and waste diversion, the City will  proceed with the seasonal Green Cart Program as scheduled. Collections will begin for applicable routes Monday, May 4. Nearly 10 thousand Saskatoon households have subscribed and rely on this seasonal service. It diverts yard and food waste from the landfill that is turned into nutrient-rich compost and mulch for City parks, community gardens and our backyards. We will monitor the program as it begins operations to ensure that the health and safety priorities are being met and will provide updates if any adjustments to the program need to be made.

Residents are reminded to check their Collection Calendar to ensure they don’t miss their pick-up day. For more information on the Green Cart Program, please visit saskatoon.ca/greencart

Compost Depots

The opening of the two City Compost Depots is postponed until Monday, May 4. Preparations for the seasonal opening will continue, with additional focus on ensuring the appropriate health and safety measures are in place and to follow physical distancing guidelines between staff, contractors and visitors. Both sites will be open in time to accommodate dumping of Green Cart collections. It is expected that Dig-Your-Own compost and mulch will be available to residents at the West Depot, although residents are asked to refer to the website for updates on this before visiting the site. For more information on Compost Depots, please visit saskatoon.ca/compostdepots

 Additional resources added to saskatoon.ca/covid-19

Helpful summaries of Federal and Provincial Support Programs for business and individuals can now be found on the City’s COVID-19 website and will be updated as new information becomes available:

Information on support and services available to the community has also been added, including details about the Essential Services Hub and how residents can help others: