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Curbside single-family organics program approved, decision deferred on funding

For immediate release: October 23, 2018 - 12:57pm
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Saskatoon will have a city-wide curbside organics program for single-family households, which is expected to launch in 2020. City Council voted in favour of the initiative at its regular business meeting on Monday, October 22.

“This is an important step forward for our City, so we are pleased with Council’s decision,” says Dan Willems, Acting General Manager of Corporate Performance. “This is a very complex matter with many variables, so the decision to implement a city-wide organics program demonstrates City Council’s commitment to its strategic goal of Environmental Leadership.”

City Council also approved the recommendation for black and green bins to be collected bi-weekly once the organics program has rolled out, and that compost depots continue to operate at the current level of service. The decision on rates and whether garbage and organics will be funded through property taxes or by a new utility has been deferred until the next City Council meeting.

“These improvements to waste management will help us move closer to our 70% waste diversion goal, which would allow the City to avoid the need to plan for a new landfill, estimated at $120 million” says Willems.

The Administration will report back to City Council with more information on November 19, 2018.

The complete agenda from the October 22 City Council meeting can be found here.

For more information about the City’s waste diversion plan, visit saskatoon.ca/wastediversion.