YXE Waste Tour
2020 flipped the script on us! Our team was meant to attend various events throughout Saskatoon, but they were all cancelled due to the pandemic. So, we put our creative hats on and sent the team out on the road to check in on all the great waste diversion sites throughout Saskatoon, and the YXE Waste Tour was born! A special thanks to Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council for putting this team together and helping to coordinate the tour.
2020 Summer Edition
Video 2 - Jonah meets the Waste Wizard
Video 3 - Jonah and the Recycling Depots
Video 4 - Jonah and the Compost Depots
Video 5 - HHW Drop-off Days
Video 6 - Jonah at the Landfill
Video 7 - Kicin' it Curbside with Loraas Recycle
Jonah, Rowan, and the Waste Wizard give us the lowdown on curbside recycling and get some important tips on contaminants and safe recycling from Alexa at the Loraas Recycle Materials Recovery Facility. saskatoon.ca/recycling #YXEWasteTour
Video 8 - Riffin' on Recycling with Cosmo
Jonah meets up with David the Recycling Manager to get schooled on multi-unit bins, recycling contamination, and the important role that Cosmopolitan Industries plays in the City's waste diversion efforts and in enriching the lives of adults with intellectual disabilities. saskatoon.ca/recycling #YXEWasteTour
Video 9 - Crushin' it at SARCAN
In this final stop on the YXE Waste Tour, Jonah cashes in at SARCAN Recycling and learns about all its amazing waste diversion efforts, including its role in the City's Household Glass Program. Hang on till the end to see Jonah's final, unusual encounter with the Waste Wizard. #YXEWasteTour
Video 10 (BONUS) - Jonah & Rowan Ask the Experts
We couldn't let you go without sharing some extra comments and tips that we gathered from our local waste reduction and diversion experts that made the #YXEWasteTour possible. Also, don't miss out on some final words and takeaways from Jonah and Rowan.
2020 Holiday Edition
Holiday Edition: Recycling Depot Tips
Holiday Edition: Gift Wrap Recycling Tips
I am nearly 22 years old and I was raised in the small-town Springside, SK (close to Yorkton). I have been living in Saskatoon for the past 4 years while I pursue my bachelors in Environment and Society at the U of S. I’ve been taking it easy so I will eventually be a 5th year student once I return to the university. Before I do that, though, I have decided to take a year to attend Sask Polytech in Prince Albert where I will become a certified GIS technician. What that means is I will be using specialized computer mapping programs that take in geographical data and imagery from surveys, satellites, drones, etc to analyze and interpret. Using this information to produce maps that help develop more sustainable and efficient land and resource use.
Still reading? After cleaning up my last few classes at U of S, I plan to work until I can fund the start up of my own business as an independent contractor where I develop multiple services to help landowners manage their property/project site to its full potential. Once I am more established I want to introduce a guided camping adventure service! Which utilizes my mapping capabilities to take small groups on trips that help them get out and experience the hidden beauty of Saskatchewan. I have spent a lot of time in Sask backcountry and wish to share it with others.
When I was hired for this job it looked completely different. I would be going out to public events to promote waste diversion education with games and fliers. Now I have found myself as the “star” of a video series and the only film making experience I have is recording Nerf wars with my friends over a decade ago. I feel confident about what our team has been able to produce and I love criticism that is constructive, so feel free to comment! The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council and City of Saskatoon salvaged a position for me despite COVID-19 impacts and I am very grateful. I am learning a lot and developing skills I plan to use in the future; despite this summer being a chaotic turn of events, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Hi, my name is Rowan. I’m studying at the University of Saskatchewan, going into my third year of university — and my first year of the B.Sc. Nutrition program! I hope to be a registered dietitian when I’m done school.
I have interests in math, science, baking, theatre, and (luckily) audio/visual production. I’m excited to learn more about video editing during my time with the SWRC and City of Saskatoon this summer, especially because I hadn’t expected my old knowledge of cameras and sound to come in handy when I applied for my job. What a bonus to be able to do that on top of learning about the environment and all the waste and recycling services Saskatoon has to offer.
Meet the Wizard
Hi, I'm the Waste Wizard! Many of you have relied on my supreme powers of waste diversion; helping you to sort your recycling and put your other waste in the right place. However, you don't know much else about me. I'm not from Saskatoon—in fact, I'm not of this world. Growing up, I was destined to become a wizard, but I couldn't decide what my focus would be. I always had an interest in the environment and creating a sustainable world, but it wasn't until I witnessed the alarming amounts of contamination going into our recycling stream, that I decided to focus my wizardry on waste diversion. Since becoming the Waste Wizard I have been fortunate enough to share my powers of diversion with several municipalities across Canada as well as your neighbours to the south. Although I must say that you Saskatonians have a certain charm, and your potential to make great progress in the area of waste reduction and diversion is inspiring, even to a wizard.
Keep up the great work, and feel free to drop in anytime to test my knowledge.