Saskatoon

Saskatoon council nixes extra Christmas garbage pickup, waste calendar

The City of Saskatoon will no longer be providing additional garbage pickup after Christmas. City council voted in favour of the move Monday, which is estimated to save the municipality up to $25,000.

Changes will save the city approximately $110,000 annually

Ward 7 Coun. Mairin Loewen proposed replacing the lost garbage pickup with additional recycling collection. (Jenna Leith/CBC)

The City of Saskatoon will no longer be providing additional garbage pickup after Christmas.

City council voted in favour of the move Monday, which is estimated to save the municipality up to $25,000.

Ward 7 Coun. Mairin Loewen in turn proposed replacing the lost garbage pickup with additional recycling collection.

Coun. Troy Davies supported Loewen's idea, saying he "wanted to have a solution — not just taking away an amenity people are used to."

Saskatoon city council is considering implementing an extra recycling pickup at Christmastime to replace the additional garbage pickup they cancelled. (CBC)

Recycling pickup is contracted to Loraas Disposal Services, and an extra pickup would need to be discussed with the company.

City staff are currently researching the proposal and will return to council with a cost analysis.

Calendar gone, too

City council also voted in favour of eliminating the printed calendar detailing waste pickup and handling methods, which is currently sent out to each home in the city.

That decision could save the city up to $85,000.

The 2018 calendar circulation had already been included in this year's budget, and will be printed and sent out, as usual.

The calendar will still be available online, but people without Internet access can request a paper copy from City Hall, and look up the information at local libraries. The information will also be posted at city recreation facilities.

"There will be folks that will not have access to it," said Coun. Bev Dubois, one of the two council members who voted against the move.

"I certainly support recycling and would like to see us go online with this," she said, but was looking for a more detailed cost breakdown from administration.

Dubois worries postage to send the 9x13, double-sided calendar to those who request it could be costly.

She would like to see the city's paper-saving possibly pushed even further to include the leisure guide.

"There are 122 pages. It's fairly thick and if we're putting our garbage pickup online, then I say we should put the leisure guide online as well," she said.