Multi-Unit Residential Recycling (Blue Bin)
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 Bin?
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
- 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
- Wine, spirit and beer bottles
- Food jars - lids off
- Paper Coffee Cups (polycoat) - effective January 1, 2020
- Black Plastics (takeout containers, coffee cup lids) - effective January 1, 2020
- Plastic bags (grocery bags, sandwich bags, etc)
- Plastic wrap/film
- Food contaminated paper or cardboard
- Waxed or plasticized paper
- Soiled Kleenex, napkins and paper towels
- 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
- Outdoor lawn furniture
- Pyrex or dishware glass
- Windows or mirrors
- Ceramics or porcelain
- Hazardous materials, such as needles and propane tanks are NOT accepted 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.
Rates and Fees
As of January 1, 2020 residents will now be charged $3.71 per household per month through 2020 and $3.86 in 2021, on their utility bill.
Utility fees cover just over 50% of the program costs with the balance paid by the Multi Material Recycling Program (MMRP), a stewardship program that launched in Saskatchewan in January of 2016 and transfers some of the cost of recycling to the producers.
For question or concerns about the Blue Bin, collections, or other program details, contact Cosmo at 306-955-9100 or MURR@cosmoindustries.com. Questions and concerns will be answered within one business day.
What you need to know about the Blue Bin Program
- Multi-unit recycling is provided by Cosmopolitan Industries (Cosmo) to all residents living in apartments and condominiums that receive metal bin garbage collection. Cosmo enhances the quality of life for adults with intellectual disabilities, providing purposeful vocational activities which challenge capabilities and build self-esteem.
- Cosmo will ensure that each building has adequate capacity for all their recyclables, building managers should contact Cosmo to request additional capacity. Requests for new bins will be accommodated within 2 weeks of a request for service.
- Bins are placed in a location agreed to by your property manager, Cosmo will ensure that collections are done safely and have minimal interference on parking or garbage collections.
- 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.
- Bins are collected on a regular schedule determined by Cosmo and your building manager; frequency can vary from twice a week to bi-weekly. Cosmo sub-contracts collections to Emterra Group.
- Materials are taken to Cosmo Industries where they are sorted and baled, then shipped to local or world markets where it is transformed into usable products.
Cosmo MRF Virtual Tour
Single Stream Recycling