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Recommendations on recycling and organics programs for Saskatoon businesses and organizations

For immediate release: January 8, 2020 - 4:17pm
UE20-952

On January 13, the Administration will present options for requirements for recycling and organics for the Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional (ICI) sector to the Standing Policy Committee of Environment, Utilities, and Corporate Services. The Administration is recommending that the ICI sector be required to have separate containers for garbage and recycling and, if food or yard waste is generated as part of operations, a separate container for organics. Implementing this approach will involve an amendment to the Waste Bylaw (No. 8310).

“A more comprehensive organics and recycling program is critical to achieving our waste diversion goals and extending the life of our landfill,” says Jeanna South, Director of Sustainability. “This cannot fall only on residents; Saskatoon businesses and organizations must participate when it comes to waste diversion and environmental leadership.”

The ICI sector generates 68% of all garbage sent to Saskatoon and area landfills, with approximately 45% (75,800 tonnes) representing recyclables or organics that could be diverted.

“24% of what is landfilled by the City is from the ICI sector, which represents a significant diversion opportunity that can’t be ignored,” adds South.

Option 1, being recommended by the Administration comes with the following requirements from members of the ICI sector:

  • Separate and labelled containers for recycling and garbage
  • A separate container for organics if food or yard waste is generated as part of operations
  • Education on how to properly sort and store materials for employees and tenants
  • Ensuring removal and proper disposal of waste

To support this priority, the Administration engaged with 870 participants from businesses and organizations through workshops, online surveys, and face-to-face meetings.

The 2019 ICI Waste and Recycling Survey and the 2019 Waste and Recycling Survey (residential) revealed high levels of support from residents, businesses and organizations for the implementation of recycling and organics requirements for the ICI sector.

 “The recommended option comes at a lower cost than the others, and has been successfully implemented in other municipalities,” says South. “It will give us the best chance of meeting residents’ expectations of the ICI sector and achieving our waste diversion goals.”

Option 1 was the most preferred mandatory approach by stakeholders. The Waste Diversion Options Fact Sheet provides a more detailed comparison of the options presented.

The Admin Report and all attachments can be found here.

For more information, please visit saskatoon.ca/yxetalkstrash or saskatoon.ca/wastediversion.