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Waste Diverted From the Landfill

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Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Challenges and Key Strategies

Strategies for Success
  • Completing a comprehensive community waste audit and developing a Waste Diversion Plan that outlines the specific strategies and benchmarks for increasing the waste diversion rate to 70% by 2023.
  • Developing Recovery Park for community construction material recycling, including a soils hub for civic projects.
  • Diverting food and yard organic material, which accounts for 38% of total household waste, is critical to achieving the waste diversion target and will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Creating a business plan to reduce GHG emissions while improving Saskatoon’s competitive position in the new green economy.  The plan will help capture opportunities for energy-efficient practices in City buildings, transportation and operations, and replace conventional energy sources with green energy technologies.
  • Implementing broader-scale energy improvements to civic buildings through Energy Performance Contracting.

Achievements
  • The total amount of waste recycled increased by 4.5% in 2014.
  • With the addition of the Multi-Unit Residential Recycling Program in 2014, recycling is now accessible to all Saskatoon residents.
  • Recycling helped recapture 10% of the landfill airspace in 2014, equivalent to adding 5.5 years to its life.
  • The green-cart yard waste program had 3,900 subscribers in 2014, a 30% increase over 2013.
  • The amount of hazardous waste collected during the City’s monthly Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days increased by over 40% in 2014.
  • Landfill gas collection reduced 2014 GHG emissions equivalent to taking 10,200 cars off our roads.

Challenges
  • Although the amount of waste that was recycled increased, waste going to the landfill increased by 6.4% in 2014.
  • The amount of garbage collected per home in 2013 was 0.95 tonnes which is almost 50% more than the national average.
  • In 2013, the City of Saskatoon’s corporate GHG emissions was 23.7% higher than the 2006 baseline, with the largest increase in the water and sewer sector.  Reducing GHG emissions is challenging as City services increase to serve the expanding population.