Saskatoon city council begins a new era today, with fewer council meetings, and a recycled issue that dominated debate heading into the summer break.

Previously, council met in the evenings twice a month. Now it meet just once a month in the daytime.  That means packed agendas and long meetings.

Today, a decision is expected on a deal that would keep non-profit Cosmopolitan Industries in the recycling game. The deal is worth millions of dollars and would see Cosmo maintain responsibility for multi-unit recycling in the city for at least the next nine years.

The deal has generated some tense debate in council chambers with arguments for and against the deal.

Today, council will be asked to approve the deal.