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Plan approved to divert recycling and organics from the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional sector

For immediate release: February 11, 2020 - 3:55pm

On January 27, Saskatoon City Council approved a regulatory approach to enhance waste diversion in the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) sector. City Administration engaged with 870 participants from businesses and organizations through workshops, online surveys, and face-to-face meetings to develop this approach.

Once the plan is in effect, businesses and organizations will be required to:

  • Have separate and labelled containers for garbage and recycling,
  • Provide education to employees and tenants on how to properly sort waste, and
  • Ensure removal and proper disposal of waste.
  • If food or yard waste is generated as part of operations, a separate and labelled container for organics will also be required.

The City will use a phased approach that will see education and assistance with early compliance for recycling starting in mid-2021, with full enforcement starting one year later. A similar phased approach will start in mid-2022 for organics.

The Administration will now start drafting changes to The Waste Bylaw and developing the education and enforcement program. The changes will not affect the ability of businesses and organizations to choose a private sector waste service provider or to self-manage waste and will only apply to businesses and organizations that are not part of the City’s residential waste programs.

The ICI sector generates 68% of all garbage sent to Saskatoon and area landfills and 24% of what is received at the City’s landfill. This program is expected to divert 5,400 tonnes of waste from the City’s landfill each year and reduce community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 1,140,000 tonnes of CO2 by 2050.

Learn more about waste diversion or our ICI Strategy by visiting