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Curbside Residential Recycling (Blue Cart)


Why Recycle?

Recycling helps divert unwanted waste from our landfill, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce the depletion of our natural resources.

What goes in your Blue Cart?

Acceptable items

Paper Products

  • Paper and cardboard
  • Newspapers, flyers, junk mail
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Empty cereal, cookie and cracker boxes (remove liners)
  • Magazines, catalogues, paperback books
  • Telephone books
  • Kleenex boxes, toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls
  • Copier paper
  • Shredded paper (in a clear, tied plastic bag)
  • Clean pizza boxes
  • Paper egg cartons

Plastic containers

  • All food and household plastic containers # 1-7
  • Laundry jugs and milk jugs 
  • Juice and drink boxes
  • Shampoo, conditioner and mouthwash bottles
  • Cleaning product bottles
  • Take-out containers, bakery and produce containers (called clam shells)
  • Yogurt, sour cream and margarine containers
  • Planting trays and flower pots
  • Lids from coffee cups

Foil and cans

  • Metal cans
  • Soft drink cans
  • Aluminum trays and foil (clean)
  • Pet food cans
  • Jar lids

 Household glass

  • Wine, spirit and beer bottles
  • Food jars - lids off 

Unacceptable items
  • Paper Coffee Cups (polycoat) - effective January 1, 2020
  • Black Plastics (takeout containers, coffee cup lids) - effective January 1, 2020
  • Plastic Film (Grocery bags, Plastic wrap, Soft/stretchy plastics)
  • Food contaminated paper or cardboard
  • Waxed or plasticized paper
  • Diapers
  • Soiled Kleenex, napkins and paper towels
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic toys, Tupperware or other plastics without a #1-7 symbol
  • Motor oil containers
  • Anything smaller than a credit card is too small to be sorted by recycling equipment
  • Needles
  • Outdoor lawn furniture
  • Pyrex or dishware glass
  • Windows or mirrors
  • Ceramics or porcelain
  • Hazardous materials, such as needles and propane tanks are accepted NOT in the recycling bins.  They pose a danger to staff and can impact the efficiency of the recycling process.
  • Electronics or Paint are NOT accepted in the recycling bins. Most of these items can be taken to SARCAN.
  • For information on the proper disposal of light bulbs, clothing, food waste, tires and microwaves, visit the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council.

Residents are reminded that the City and its recycling partners will no longer be accepting paper coffee cups (polycoat) and black plastics in their recycling programs. This includes curbside (blue cart), multi-unit (blue bin), and City Recycling Depots. These changes are in response to global recycling market conditions that are demanding a higher quality of material, and to maintain the current levels of service for Saskatoon residents.

  Fact Sheet: Changes to Residential Recycling Programs

Rates and Fees

As of January 1, 2020 residents will now be charged $7.38 per household per month through 2020 and $7.47 in 2021, on their utility bill.

Customer Service

For questions or concerns about your Blue Cart (program details, missed collections, etc) or to report a damaged or missing cart contact Loraas Recycle at 306-242-2300 or Questions and concerns will be answered within one business day.

New Customers: To request a cart for a newly built house (this may include multi-unit town houses), contact Corporate Revenue at 306-975-2400 or

Billing Inquiries: Contact Corporate Revenue at 306- 975-2400 or

Illegal Dumping: Report illegal dumping by submitting the online form or by calling 306-975-2486.

Recycling 101

What you need to know about the Blue Cart Program
  • Curbside recycling is provided by Loraas Recycle, who are responsible for collections, cart maintenance, customer service, and materials processing.
  • Blue Carts are available to every single-family household that receives curbside garbage collection in a Black Cart, including secondary suites.
    • Cart(s) will be delivered within 2 weeks of a request for service at a new home.
    • Damaged carts will be replaced by Loraas Recycle within 2 weeks of a complaint.
  • Please put only acceptable items in your cart. Unaccepted items can contaminate clean recycling or pose a risk to workers and equipment.
  • Remove caps and lids as they are too small for the recycling equipment to sort.
  • Rinse containers, flatten boxes, and place shredded paper in a clear, tied plastic bag. All other items should be loose in your cart, not in bags.
  • Roll your cart out by 7 a.m. (collection times may vary). Call Loraas to report a missed collection.
  • Please follow proper Cart Placement to ensure successful collections.
  • Carts are collected bi-weekly by Loraas Recycle. Refer to the Collection Calendar to see your schedule and sign up for reminders.
  • Materials are taken to Loraas where they are sorted and baled, then shipped to local or world markets where it is transformed into usable products.

Loraas Recycle - Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)

Single Stream Recycling

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