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Holiday Recycling

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This holiday season the City of Saskatoon is encouraging residents to keep waste reduction and diversion top of mind. Gifts, decorations, celebrations, and festive feasts can all result in a significant amount of waste over the holidays, so it is extra important to find opportunities to cut down on that waste and to effectively divert it from our landfill.

Waste reduction and diversion tips
  • Make memories by giving experiences over things
    • Take someone out to dinner and a movie.
    • Buy a pass to a City recreational facility to enjoy skating, swimming, fitness classes, golf, and a variety of other sports and activities.
    • Enjoy our winter city and take your family to Optimist Hill for some outdoor thrills.
    • Take in some live theatre or a concert at TCU Place.
    • Tap into your artistic side and check out the Remai Modern art gallery.
    • Support your local sports teams at​ SaskTel Centre.
  • Make homemade gifts out of old reusable material
    • ​​Textiles, old clothing, wood scraps, wire, string, and old buttons all make for good material that can turn into something unique and creative.​
  • Regift, Reduce, Reuse
    • ​​Gifts: When you’re done with something, pass it along for someone else to enjoy. Clothing, accessories, books, movies, and electronics make great secondhand gifts.​
    • Decorations: Remember that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Just because it doesn’t fit with your current décor, that doesn’t mean those old decorations won’t add a festive flare to another home.​
  • Skip the fancy wrapping and reuse paper, ribbons, bows, and bags
    • ​​Some wrapping material isn't recyclable, so why not reuse it?
    • Gift bags, ribbon, bows, and some wrapping paper can be reused over and over again.
    • When it comes to wrapping paper—if you can rip it, you can recycle it! No need to remove the tape and staples.
  • Wrap gifts with newsprint and other unique material
    • Bundle your gifts in old newspapers, flyers, burlap, or a variety of other textiles. After all—it's what's underneath the wrapping that matters most!
  • Reduce food waste
    • Efficient meal planning for those festive feasts can help to reduce the amount of food going to waste.
    • Buy in bulk to cut down on food packaging, and recycle the rest.
    • Clean foil, tins, and plastics 1–7 can be recycled.
  • Put your Christmas waste in the right place
    • Keep your recyclables out of the landfill by using your blue cart or bin.
    • Get the 'how-to' on holiday waste diversion by asking the Waste Wizard.
    • Take large or excess recycling to a City Recycling Depot, but please don't overfill them.
  • Recycle your Christmas Tree
    • Don't send your tree to the landfill. Take it to a City drop-off site so it can be chipped and composted or used as mulch.

NICE: Holiday items that can be recycled
  • Wrapping Paper - If you can rip it, you can recycle it! No need to remove tape and staples
  • Cardboard Gift Boxes and Packaging
  • Milk and Eggnog Containers - Toss in your recycling or drop off at a SARCAN depot.
  • Aluminum Foil, Tin Cans and Metal Cookie Containers
  • Plastic Containers (1–7) - Excluding black plastics.
  • Household Glass - Toss in your recycling or drop off at a SARCAN depot to ensure it doesn't break in the collection process.
  • Electronics - Drop off at a SARCAN depot.

Don't know where it goes? Ask the Waste Wizard!

NAUGHTY: Holiday items that cannot be recycled
  • Styrofoam
  • Ribbons and bows
  • Plasticized gift bags
  • Toys
  • Christmas lights
  • Ornaments and decorations
  • Christmas trees (natural or artificial) – Artificial trees can be sold or donated for re-use, or taken to the City Landfill. Live trees can be taken to a City drop-off site.

Don't know where it goes? Ask the Waste Wizard!

Reminders for the holiday season:

  • Don’t miss pick-up day!
    • Check your Collection Calendar or download the Saskatoon Recycle & Waste app and never miss pick-up day again.
    • Holiday Collections Reminder: December 25 garbage and recycling collections will happen on December 28. January 1 collections will happen on January 4.
  • Help your neighbours roll out their carts. Whether they’re unable to do it themselves during the snowy season, or they are out of town for Christmas, spread some joy and roll out your neighbours cart so they don’t miss pick-up day.
  • The City Landfill will be closed on December 25 and January 1.
  • Cut down on emissions by carpooling with friends and family, or get your ‘shop on’ and hop on the Jingle Bell Express for quick access to all the malls in Saskatoon.