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SPC on Environment, Utilities and Corporate Services Decisions in Brief

For immediate release: April 10, 2017 - 9:24am
MR17-122

From the January 31, 2017 Meeting

7.2.2 North Commuter Parkway Bridge Naming Engagement Process

Decision

*The Committee approved the process to name the North Commuter Parkway, as outlined in the report.

Background

*During its July 21, 2016, meeting, City Council resolved that, “With respect to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action report, would the administration report back on how to engage the community as a whole to name the pending new North Commuter Parkway in recognition of the TRC.”
*The process undertaken to propose a name for the North Commuter Parkway will be community driven, building on the community reconciliation process and Aboriginal Elders will guide the Aboriginal Cultural and Spiritual processes for the naming process.
*Requests for a name will be screened by the Naming Advisory Committee with City Council having final approval.

7.2.4 2016 Waste Characterization Study

Decision

*The Committee forwarded the report to City Council for information.

Background

*In October 2015, the Administration issued a Request for Proposals for the characterization of municipal solid waste generated in Saskatoon and development of a draft Waste Diversion Plan based on the characterization.
*A Waste Characterization Study was completed throughout 2016 with four seasonal sampling periods and targeting all waste generators in Saskatoon.
*The results of the Waste Characterization Study will be used to inform a Waste Diversion Plan, a Plan that will outline options for achieving 70% waste diversion by 2023. It will also be used in the review of civic waste management services.
*The Waste Characterization Study indicated that 77% of waste sampled in residential black carts could be diverted from the landfill if new programs for diversion are made available.
*On average, a single-family household puts 15.6 kg of waste in their black cart each week, and multi-family household puts 7.2 kg. The biggest percentage of this (58% and 40% respectively) is organic, mostly food waste.

7.2.5 Waste Management Master Plan – State of Waste

Decision

*The Committee recommended to City Council that the information regarding the state of waste be received; that the values to be used in preparing options for a new Waste Management business model be approved; and that the Administration be directed to report back at the next stage of the Waste Management Master Plan.

Background

*The 2012 - 2022 Strategic Plan has set Environmental Leadership, including waste diversion from the Landfill, green energy, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and soil quality as a goal.
*Administration has completed a review of the current Waste Management business plan and found that it is not environmentally or financially sustainable.
*Administration has developed a plan to complete a comprehensive review of waste related services to better deliver those services to citizens.
*Administration has prepared a list of values for approval by City Council to be used in evaluating alternatives as part of the review.