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Saskatoon Talks Trash: City Council directs Administration to proceed with next steps on changes to curbside waste management

For immediate release: June 26, 2018 - 4:00pm
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On June 25, 2018 City Council approved the recommendations to move forward with the development of a Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) waste utility and city-wide organics program, both projected to launch before the end of 2019.

“The decision by City Council to move forward with these programs is an important step toward better community-wide waste management,” says Brenda Wallace, Director of Environmental and Corporate Initiatives. “The associated improvement to our waste diversion performance  will save future generations the costs of building a new landfill and recover valuable resources that lead to jobs and economic growth from what has previously been simply wasted.”

Additional details of the recommendations can be found in the June 25, 2018 report to City Council (Recommended Changes to Waste Management in Saskatoon) and include:

  • that organics be collected in a single green cart for co-mingled food and yard waste;
  • that waste utility fees be based on cart sizes (lower prices for smaller carts);
  • and that no changes be made to the existing recycling program.

“These recommendations were informed by more than 5,000 curbside residents who participated in our community engagement events and online survey. There was a wide spectrum of responses that will help us design better programs,” Wallace says. “We want the program to be an improvement over the current situation for everyone and considering fairness and equity for all demographics is an important part of the program design. Further details on how these programs meet affordability principles will be put forward in September.”

Administration will report on more details of the curbside PAYT and city-wide organics program in September 2018.  Administration is also engaging with the Multi-unit and Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional sectors, and will be tabling reports on how to manage and divert waste from these sectors throughout the rest of 2018.

For more information regarding curbside engagement results and the recommendations brought forward, visit: saskatoon.ca/engage/saskatoon-talks-trash-curbside

For more information on the City’s Waste Diversion Plan, visit: saskatoon.ca/wastediversion