City of Saskatoon's New Residential Recycling Program Launches

 

For Immediate Release: January 2, 2013
US13-003

The City of Saskatoon today officially launched Saskatoon Recycles, its new city-wide residential recycling program.

Recycling service provider Loraas Recycle began the staggered neighbourhood by neighbourhood delivery today of blue recycling carts to homes that currently receive black cart service. It is expected the recycling carts will be delivered to all 66,000 homes by June 2013. Customers will have their first recycling collection within two weeks of receiving their blue recycling cart, and are to place the cart in the same location as they place their black garbage cart for pickup.

“We are proud to stand here today on the first business day of the year launching the City of Saskatoon’s new residential recycling program with the delivery of the first blue recycling carts,” said Environmental Services Branch Manager Brenda Wallace. “Saskatoon Recycles is about taking important steps to ensure the long-term sustainability of our beautiful, growing, 21st Century city.”

On average, about half of what people place in their black carts is recyclable. To help residents learn about what can now be recycled, a comprehensive list of acceptable and unacceptable recycling materials along with a collection calendar is included in the Blue Cart. Green City. guide delivered with each cart. The guide and other program information are also available at saskatoonrecycles.ca.

A monthly fee of $4.66 will be added to homeowners’ municipal utility bills once their recycling collection service has begun. Saskatoon Recycles is among the most affordable programs of its kind in Canada. The City anticipates that in its first year alone, Saskatoon Recycles will divert at least 14,000 tonnes of residential household waste from the landfill, doubling the volume of recyclable material the City collected in 2012. An additional eight years is expected to be added to the life of our landfill as a result of the program.

Carts will be delivered to homes that currently have black garbage cart service in Silverwood Heights this week, followed by Sutherland, Nutana and Greystone Heights next week. The City is asking residents to be patient as the program rolls out and to work together to overcome any hiccups as we navigate through this. The second phase of the program will begin roll out in 2014, extending to Saskatoon residents in condos and apartments.

Find cart delivery schedule, recycling collection calendar and comprehensive program information at saskatoonrecycles.ca Customers may also contact Loraas Recycle at 242-2300 or customercare@loraas.ca about their service.

 

 

 

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