Saskatoon

City of Saskatoon settling on large bin sizes, bi-weekly pickup for curbside organic program

The City of Saskatoon is releasing more information on what the city's curbside composting program will look like when it rolls out next year.

Curbside organic program to start up in 2023

The City of Saskatoon will be using large cart sizes for its curbside organics program when it begins next year. (City of Saskatoon)

The City of Saskatoon is releasing more information on what the city's curbside composting program will look like when it rolls out next year.

Brendan Lemke, the city's director of water and waste operations says the green bins will be the same size as the current black bins (360 L), as well as the current green bins for the subscription compost program.

"The larger cart size actually gives us the most flexibility going forward," said Lemke.

"It gives us the largest volume and it gives us a little bit more control over the intervals in which we can collect."

Lemke said the green carts will be picked up every two weeks throughout the year, summer or winter and will alternate weeks between black cart pickup.

He said the larger cart sizes will allow the city to expand the program in the future and be able to accept more materials. Initially, the green bins will be able to accept a number of different items including yard waste, food including bread, meat and vegetables as well as wax paper.

"A lot of people have really appreciated that larger size," said Lemke. 

"Particularly during the seasons where there's more yard waste that's going to be put in there."

Before this, the city was considering using smaller bin sizes. In 2018, a medium sized (240 L) bin was proposed, but that idea was abandoned after studying the issue.

Back-alley pickup points will also stay the same, at least for the beginning of the project. The waste management department had considered keeping all green bin pickups on the front of the street, but decided to keep bin pickup as is.

The city will now begin the tendering process to buy and produce the carts, which is expected to take until December to complete. In 2019, city council approved $10 million to design the curbside organics program and purchase the bins.

The curbside recycling program is expected to begin by Spring of 2023.

Councillors will address the issue at its environment committee meeting on Monday.

 

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