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Curbside Residential Recycling (Blue Cart)

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Why Recycle?

Residential recycling programs help divert a significant amount of unwanted waste from the landfill; reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the depletion of our natural resources.

What you need to know about the Blue Cart Program
  • Residents are charged $7.47 per household per month on their utility bill.
  • 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.
  • Visit the Cart Care page for tips on cart management to help 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.

Accepted 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 

Not Accepted
  • Plastic COVID-19 Barriers (acrylic) - While this acrylic material does fall under #7 plastics, it is not marketable; therefore it is considered garbage. Flexible plastic sheets or screens are also considered garbage. If you choose to remove your barriers, anything larger than 2 ft x 2 ft must be taken to the landfill or reused for alternative purposes.
  • Polycoat Paper (coffee cups, ice cream cartons, to-go soup containers)
  • Black Plastic (takeout containers, coffee cup lids)
  • 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.

Recycling Guides

Download or print a recycling quick-reference guide for helpful tips and to find out what is and is not recyclable in Saskatoon.

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 customercare@loraas.ca. 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 revenue@saskatoon.ca

Billing Inquiries: Contact Corporate Revenue at 306- 975-2400 or revenue@saskatoon.ca

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

Loraas Recycle

Loraas Recycle is responsible for collections, cart maintenance, customer service, and materials processing for the curbside recycling program. Materials are sorted, baled, and shipped to local and world markets where they are transformed into usable products.