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Saskatoon, SK Talks Trash: Recommends Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) Program
Saskatoon, SK – City of Saskatoon officials recently brought a series of recommendations around curbside waste management to the Environment, Utilities, and Corporate Services Committee of the Saskatoon City Council. City officials recommended that a Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) waste utility and city-wide organics program be launched together before the end of 2019.
“A successful waste diversion program, which includes more comprehensive organics and recycling programs, is critical to deferring the closure of the landfill,” says Brenda Wallace, Director of Environmental and Corporate Initiatives. “It would cost an estimated 26 million dollars to close the existing landfill and 100 million dollars to establish a new one. We are excited and optimistic that so many of our engagement participants share our vision and are committed to diverting waste from our landfill.”
Additional details of the recommendation can be found in the June 11, 2018 report to Committee
(Recommended Changes to Waste Management in Saskatoon) and include:
that organics be collected in a single green cart for co-mingled food and yard waste;
that waste utility fees be based on cart sizes (lower prices for smaller carts);
and that no changes be made to the existing recycling program.
To help inform the recommendations, the City held a series of engagement activities between February 12 and March 6 as part of the Saskatoon Talks Trash campaign. The primary purpose of community engagement was to ensure that changes to waste management in Saskatoon are feasible, desirable, and community-informed in their design and implementation. Residents and stakeholders were informed about city-wide organics and a variable-rate waste utility and were asked to provide feedback based on their preferences, value, and priorities. They were also invited to share ideas about recycling, depots, and other programs that could contribute to the City's goal of 70% waste diversion by 2023.
"We're happy to report that over 5,000 residents participated in community engagement," Wallace says. "We heard you, Saskatoon! The input and ideas we received from our residents and stakeholders is invaluable, and was instrumental in helping to shape the recommendations being brought forward."
Community engagement with multi-unit (apartments and condos) residents and property managers is currently underway. The purpose of this engagement is to get valuable feedback and insights on organics, waste diversion, and existing services. Engagement with institutional, commercial, and industrial stakeholders will begin in fall 2018.
For more information regarding curbside engagement results and the recommendations being brought forward, visit: saskatoon.ca/engage/saskatoon-talks-trash-curbside
For more information on the City’s Waste Diversion Plan, visit: saskatoon.ca/wastediversion
For additional information:
Director, Environmental and Corporate Initiatives
City of Saskatoon, SK
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