Waste Utility Rates
City Council provided direction in October 2021 to move forward with a fixed rate utility for organics in 2023 and a variable rate utility for garbage in 2024.
Beginning in May 2023, Saskatoon will expand residential organics collection services city-wide with the implementation of the Green Cart Program. The monthly average utility fee is $6.73 for the green cart program, and will be billed monthly to all households currently receiving curbside service (black and blue carts).
Monthly Waste Utility Fees:
What you pay for waste (Black Cart, Blue Cart and Green Cart) is shown on your utility bill as monthly fees:
|Residential Programs||2023 Monthly Fees|
|Recycling (Blue Cart)||$7.47|
|Organics (Green Cart)*||$6.73|
|Garbage (Black Cart)||Property Tax Funded|
|Total Monthly Fee||$14.20|
*Note: The monthly green cart utility fees are calculated using a rate of $0.2212 per day, so the amount on your bill will vary depending on the number of days in the month.
The program fees are calculated separately for each cart program based on the costs associated with collection and processing.
Green cart city-wide collection will begin starting May 1, 2023. A monthly average utility fee of $6.73 for the green cart program will be applied to City utility bills for all eligible households. The utility fee is detailed on this green cart billing explainer.
Your monthly utility fee based on per roll out green cart supports the following:
- Collection of food and yard waste from your home
- Sorting and processing (composting) of material
- Providing cart maintenance
- Education, bylaw and program support
Multi-Unit Recycling Rates
For multi-unit residential properties where the ratio of the number of dwellling units is five or more, the following recycling rates in the Multi-Residential Recycling Program apply.
|Multi-Unit Programs||2023 Monthly User Fees|
|Recycling (Blue Cart)||$3.86|
|Total Monthly Fee||$3.86|
For more detailed information, review No. 9844, The Waste Bylaw, 2022
Answering Frequently Asked Waste Utility Rate Questions
If I don’t want a green cart can I opt out?
Waste management and diversion are community-wide issues, which require community-wide solutions. We need all residents to recycle and compost. Universal participation in diversion programs is essential to reducing waste going to landfill and to achieve our goal of 70% waste diversion.
Research has shown that optional municipal programs cost more, have a lower participation rate and do not achieve the same level of diversion as universal programs. The utility fee is applied to all eligible households so that everyone shares in the cost. This keeps the program affordable for everyone.
Residents are encouraged to try the service for at least a few months to see if it works for their household. Monthly utility fees will still apply to each eligible household even if green carts are removed. Requests for cart removal will not be accepted until Fall 2023 for the majority of properties. Note: black cart collection will continue as bi-weekly, even during the summer months.
I’m in a townhouse or gated community. Will there be an option for my property manager or condominium association to request reducing the overall number of green carts by cart sharing?
We are delivering green carts to all eligible households in the city that currently receive curbside waste collections to ensure that every eligible household has an opportunity to participate.
We understand there are instances where, due to space or other constraints, residents of multiple dwellings might want to share carts, particularly with townhouses properties and properties with secondary suites.
A representative from a townhouse complex or an owner of a property with a secondary suite can contact Corporate Revenue Customer Service at 306-975-2400 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request to have one or some of their green carts removed.
An Environmental Protection Officer (EPO) with the City will then contact the representative to review the property’s waste management plan to ensure that all households have access to dispose of their waste in the appropriate carts. Once those details are worked out, the excess carts can be removed. The timeframe for the assessment of these properties will depend on the volume of requests received. Monthly utility fees will still apply to each eligible household even if green carts are removed.
We continue to encourage residents to take the summer to try out using their green cart. Findings from other municipalities show that waste diversion rates increased and requests to opt-out reduced considerably after residents have had time to try the new service. For these reasons, we will not consider removing carts from the majority of residences until fall.
I have a suite I'm not renting and don't need the second green cart, can I have it removed?
If you are a single-family home and have a registered legal secondary suite (e.g. basement, garage and garden suites) on the same property that you’re not renting out or has been removed, you can apply for a suite declaration. The City recognizes the property is being used as a single-family residence, the suite has either been removed or is not being utilized and you would like to remove services. This will result in a cart removal and removing the charge on the utility bill. The charges end when the cart is removed.
An owner of a property with a secondary suite can contact Corporate Revenue Customer Service at 306-975-2400 or email@example.com to complete a declaration.
An Environmental Protection Officer (EPO) with the City will then contact the representative to set up a time to sign a Declaration of Home Ownership and Occupancy form. Cart declarations must be submitted and signed by the property owner. Renters or tenants should contact the property owner to make this request on their behalf.
Will residents be able to request an additional green or blue cart?
Yes. We we are looking to mirror recycling and offer a second cart at the regular utility rate. Additional carts are charged at the same rate as the first carts and fees are applied as a multiplier based on the number of carts on the utility bill (i.e. If the rate is $6.73 for organics it would be $13.46 for 2 green carts). If you would like an additional cart submit a request by calling Corporate Revenue at 306-975-2400 to have this added to the utility bill and additional carts deployed. Additional cart requests cannot be processed until after deployment is complete (after May 1).