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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
  • Construct the first components of Recovery Park, a ‘one-stop’ waste diversion facility located west of the Saskatoon Landfill. Components include site preparation and roadway construction, relocation of landfill scales and transfer station, creation of a convenient facility for drop-off of household hazardous waste, development of a recycling depot and new construction waste facility, and landscaping. 
  • Implement an education program to support businesses in paper and cardboard recycling in advance of anticipated changes to the Waste Bylaw banning this material from landfills.
  • Develop a Storm Water Management Plan to mitigate for the impact of severe weather events on the City’s infrastructure, improve the quality of water being returned to the South Saskatchewan River, and protect private and public natural assets such as the river and urban forest. 
  • Based on the results of a community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory, establish a performance target for emissions reduction across the community.
  •  Create a business plan that identifies the role of the City and other important stakeholders in reducing GHG emissions to achieve the Community GHG Performance Target.
  • Sign an implementation contract with an Energy Service Company and begin retrofits to the City’s highest energy-consuming buildings.

Achievements
  • $7.3 million has been saved on construction projects involving contaminated soil while also improving environmental stewardship of materials of concern to human or environmental health.
  • Nine waste diversion programs divert 21.7% of waste generated in the community away from the Landfill.
  • 6,000 subscribers to the Green Cart Program for food and yard waste.
  • More than 110,000 trees within the City’s Urban Forest inspected annually for diseases such as Dutch Elm Disease.
  • Conducted a comprehensive community waste audit and findings are being used to develop a Waste Diversion Plan that outlines specific strategies and benchmarks for increasing the waste diversion rate.

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.