A peek into Saskatoon's blue bin recycling program

The city is offering a glimpse into its blue bin recycling program in a report coming out Monday.

Full report on waste management coming out Monday

Paper and cardboard make up the bulk of recyclables in blue bins. (CBC)

It's a glimpse into recycling in Saskatoon.

On Monday, the city will release its annual report on waste management. It breaks down what actually goes into the blue recycle bins,

This morning it released the highlights,

  • Paper and cardboard make up 74 per cent. Next is household glass, 7 per cent, followed by aluminum and tin at 5 per cent, and plastics, also 5 per cent.
  • Recycling diverted 12,622 tonnes of material from the landfill.
  • Saskatoon residents sent, on average, 252 kilograms of garbage per person to the landfill.
  • Saskatoon has one of the highest rates of garbage self-hauled to the landfill in the country.
  • The cost of delivering residential garbage services stayed constant, at $144.27 per household.

The city also speaking out about a story CBC broke this week.

More than half of the household glass that's washed and rinsed and put in blue recycle bins is not recycled. It breaks in transit to the Loraas sorting facility, or on the floor of the plant. It's mixed in with unbagged shredded paper and sent to the company's private landfill.

The jars that do survive intact are stockpiled at the landfill for future recycling.

The city says it was surprised to learn that the glass is not recycled and will be taking this up with Loraas.


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