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Big Shred 2019

On Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 9 am – 12 noon, bring your old paper to the ‘Big Shred’ in the parking lot of McClure United Church at 4025 Taylor St. (at McKercher)!

Protect against personal identity theft as your old documents go into the Shred-It company truck’s shredders! Quickly destroy old bank and utility statements, tax returns (2012 and earlier), old files, outdated documents, etc. The service is by donation (suggested $10 per paper box, or $5 per shopping bag) to assist the McClure Place Foundation in paying off the new therapeutic tub for residents at Amy McClure House, a licensed intermediate care assisted living facility at McClure.

Protect your family by removing that unwanted … yet personal paper! (Note: In 2018, more than 16,300 pounds of paper was safely shredded in three hours!)

Recycle for VVCA

Do you like to collect pop cans and bottles for recycling? Do you like to donate to worthy causes?

Now you can do both! Drop off your recyclable containers at any Saskatoon SARCAN location and either tell them to put your refund toward “VVCA” or use the Drop & Go system with the group account “VVCA“. Your refund will be directed to VVCA and then used for community projects in our neighbourhood.

With Drop & Go there is no waiting in line. Just punch your account into the terminal, tag your bags with the sticky labels generated and then drop your bags off at the counter. Easy.

Drop & Go is a new service that SARCAN is offering at our larger depots in cities and towns across Saskatchewan. When the line gets long, Drop & Go is an easy way to drop off your containers without having to wait.

SARCAN Drop & Go information

Curbside Swap 2017

Want free stuff?
Got stuff to give away?

Saskatoon Curbside Swap
Saturday, September 9, 2017

At a Curbside Swap, you place unwanted items in good condition on your property (next to the sidewalk or curb) and mark them as FREE for anyone to pick-up. You can also search for free items for your own household! At the end of your Swap day, return your unclaimed items to your home along with your own newfound treasures.

Plan a Curbside Swap for your household or your neighbourhood this summer! Post your Swap on the Curbside Swap Facebook Event page at Saskatoon City News and share it with your friends. And join in the city-wide Curbside Swap on Saturday, September 9, 2017.

Giving used items a new home keeps them out of our landfill and swapping helps to build a sense of community.


Composting and Healthy Yards Services Available

The City of Saskatoon has partnered with the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council to provide many services to residents and community gardens related to composting and yards.

Home Visits
Set up a FREE Home Visit with one of our Compost Coaches. A trained volunteer will come by your home to answer your composting questions or help you start a home composting system of your own. And don’t forget to invite a friend or two if you know others who want to learn!

Home Visits generally take 15-45 minutes. To book your free appointment, call (306) 931-3249 or email compost@saskwastereduction.ca.

Compost Hotline
Have a composting question?

Simply dial (306) 931-3249 or email compost@saskwastereduction.ca. Please allow 1 business day for one of our trained volunteers to respond to your inquiry.

Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Rebate
We offer $20 rebates to Saskatoon residents who purchase a compost bin or rain barrel from a Saskatoon retailer. Your household is eligible for one rebate per item per year. Receipt and proof of Saskatoon residency (copy of utility bill, driver’s license, or similar) must be sent in with your completed Rebate Form. To apply, please fill out our online rebate form.

Composting Workshops
There are a number of free composting workshop offered throughout the year. For more information, visit www.saskwastereduction.ca/events/Saskatoon-composting-events.

Dishing the Dirt Research
The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council conducted a year-long study on the performance of 20+ home composting systems. The results of this research will be launched this summer and will help residents select the best composting option for their home.

Community Garden Services
Saskatoon’s Compost Coaches will work with 3-5 community gardens this year to develop and/or improve their composting systems. The Compost Coach Coordinator is currently working with CHEP’s Community Garden Coordinator to determine which gardens to ask to participate. We hope to expand this program to more community gardens in future years, but do not have the resources to engage all of the gardens at once.

The Compost Coaches will provide compost bin materials, assistance to build the bins, compost education/training as needed, monthly garden visits to assist with the composting process, and signage for the bins to show what goes in.

Community Gardens will commit to improving their composting system, help build the compost bins, recruit volunteers to help with the composting process throughout the season, and encourage their members to receive compost education/training.

Community Gardens who are not participating this year may still access composting support through the Home Visit and Compost Hotline services.

Green Cart Program
To register for the curbside Green Cart program for food and yard waste collection, visit www.Saskatoon.ca/GreenCarts. Please note that food waste is now accepted.

Community Gardens and lawn bowling clubs may also register for Green Cart collection.

Boulevard Gardening
Residents may garden on the boulevard adjacent to their homes. Please read the City of Saskatoon’s Boulevard Gardening & Maintenance Guidelines and complete the Boulevard Garden Agreement before getting started.

Healthy Yards Program

How-To Guides
The City of Saskatoon has partnered with experts from the community to develop a series of Healthy Yards How-To Guides.

Topics include:
· New Gardeners
· Composting
· Rain Barrels
· Low-Water Gardening
· Mulch
· Pesticide-Free Gardening
· Lawn Care
· Growing Food
· Biodiversity
· Small Space Gardening

To access the How-To Guides, visit www.Saskatoon.ca/HealthyYards

Gardening Workshops
There are a number of gardening workshop offered to residents throughout the year. For more information, visit: https://ccde.usask.ca/gardening/workshops

Demonstration Garden
The City of Saskatoon has partnered with the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre and the University of Saskatchewan Master Gardeners to develop the Healthy Yards Demonstration Garden, located at the Garden Patch (900 block of 3rd Avenue North, just south of 33rd Street East and Warman Road).

Visit the garden for free at any time during garden hours. You’ll see a productive vegetable garden, rain barrels, composting systems, multiple types of mulch, pesticide free practices, native plants, and more!

Come for a self-guided tour, bring your lunch, or contact brit.m@saskatoonfoodbank.org to set up a group tour. Knowledgeable staff will be on site to help answer your questions.

Waste Wizard
The Waste Wizard provides an easy way to look up proper disposal information on recyclables, compostable items, hazardous materials, and other waste. The online tool is available at www.saskatoon.ca/wastewizard.

Master Naturalist Program
The Saskatchewan Master Naturalist Program is launching this spring in Saskatoon. The program is open to everyone and participants will learn about different facets of the natural world through a series of fun and interactive learning modules. The purpose is to develop a network of reliable, highly-skilled “citizen scientists” to assist with local conservation projects, while at the same time providing learning opportunities to people interested in nature.

For more information, visit the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan’s website.

Hazardous waste information

Don’t treat household hazardous waste like garbage.

Household hazardous waste includes corrosive, flammable or poisonous materials like pesticides, automotive oil, aerosols, prescription medicine, batteries and mercury-containing items, to name a few. Putting these materials in your garbage or recycling, or pouring them down your drain, contaminates water and landfills.

For a list of places in Saskatoon that accept household hazardous materials for convenient and safe disposal during business hours, including used oil and related products, medication, loose batteries and more, visit Saskatoon.ca/WasteWizard, SaskWasteReduction.ca or call 306-975-2486.

The City of Saskatoon coordinates regular Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days for residents to drop off items for free. In 2016, a temporary site is set up at SaskTel Centre parking lot (101 – 3515 Thatcher Avenue) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on:

April 23
May 14
June 18
July 23
August 20
September 10
October 15
November 19

For a list of materials accepted and not accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days, visit Saskatoon.ca/HazardousWaste.

2015 Waste and Recycling Calendar


The 2015 Waste and Recycling Calendar has been expanded to feature all three black, blue and the optional green cart schedules in one easy-to-follow format.

Every household will receive the new calendar which outlines the garbage, recycling and yard waste curbside cart collection days specific to their home address. It also provides useful information on how to use and place carts for pick-up, how to subscribe to the optional green cart program ($55 in 2015), as well as other waste recycling and disposal options around the city. The Calendar also reflects the recent change to garbage collection frequency during April and October from once a week to once every two weeks.
A searchable, online version of the calendar is also available to help residents to avoid missed collections. Through SaskatoonRecycles.ca, citizens can search their cart schedules by their home address and also sign up for free collection day reminders by email or phone. In 2015, garbage and recycling will be collected on the same day of the week as in 2014, except in the City Park and Exhibition neighbourhoods where recycling collection day is changing to Thursdays starting January 8.

The 2015 Waste and Recycling Calendar will be in your mailbox around December 24.