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COVID-19: Council directs weekly residential garbage collection resume for summer

For immediate release: April 15, 2020 - 5:42pm
UE20-1180

The City will move to weekly garbage collection as soon as operationally possible.  Following a decision at a special meeting Wednesday, City Council has directed the Administration to change an earlier decision to extend bi-weekly garbage pick-up.

For the time being, bi-weekly garbage (black cart) collections will stay in place, with the expectation to move to weekly collections by mid-May.

The earlier decision to maintain bi-weekly collections was designed to minimize COVID-19 transmission risk as new workers came on.  With the direction from Council, solutions will be found to provide weekly garbage collection and guard the health of the City’s core workforce with the following considerations:

  • The health and safety of our staff and residents are a priority. Waste Operations will continue to implement enhanced physical distancing and sanitation procedures to guard the health and safety of our staff and of Saskatoon residents.
  • We recognize with many residents now working from home, there will inevitably be an increased accumulation of household waste. Tonnages are being monitored. 
  • We are taking all the necessary precautions to prepare for what is to come and will adapt as the situation continues to evolve. 

The Green Cart (Yard & Food Waste) Program will proceed as planned, with seasonal operations beginning on Monday, May 4.

We will be opening of the City Compost Depots at the same time as the Green Cart Program - ensuring physical distancing and sanitization procedures.

We will monitor the residential garbage collection program as it begins operations to ensure that the health and safety priorities are being met.

Updates will be provided should any adjustments to the program be deemed necessary.