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Saskatoon Talks Trash: Community discussions on multi-unit residential waste diversion begin

For immediate release: May 30, 2018 - 10:00am
CP18-121

Residents living in multi-unit buildings are invited to participate in a series of engagement activities as part of the ongoing Saskatoon Talks Trash campaign. 6% of waste generated in Saskatoon comes from multi-unit residential buildings, representing an important component of reaching the City’s target of 70% waste diversion by 2023.

“Decisions about how we manage waste will impact all current and future residents, so it is important we get this right.” says Brenda Wallace, Director of Environmental and Corporate Initiatives. “Approximately 34% of housing in Saskatoon is multi-unit residential. We hope to hear from a large cross-section of multi-unit residents including people of all ages, people living in different areas, people of various incomes, and people with differing abilities. Everybody is encouraged to get involved.”

Wallace says 61% of waste generated by multi-unit residents (8,600 tonnes annually) could be diverted with the right programs, policies and resident participation rates.

“To extend the life of our landfill it is critical to add multi-unit organics collection, review current waste services, look for innovative diversion ideas from our residents, and develop a sustainable funding model for waste,” Wallace says.

She adds the costs to close the existing landfill and establish a new landfill are estimated at $26 million and $100 million respectively. Engagement sessions will involve residents and property managers of condominiums and apartment buildings to gain insights on waste diversion opportunities and service.

The engagement project will gather input and ideas about: designing an organics collection program and determining whether service will be provided by the City or mandated through a bylaw; how existing waste and recycling services are used by multi-unit residents and opportunities for improvement; and additional programs and services to increase waste diversion and resident participation.

Public engagement begins June 3. For more information, including dates and locations of events, visit saskatoon.ca/yxetalkstrash.

Conversations with institutional, commercial, and industrial stakeholders will begin in fall 2018.