Curbside Residential Recycling (Blue Cart)
As of April 2018, plastic film (plastic shopping bags, plastic wrap, etc.) were removed as an acceptable material in residential recycling programs. Residents can try to reduce their use of plastic film by bringing reusable bags when shopping.
Read more: Recycling Market FAQ
Recycling helps divert unwanted waste from ending up in landfill, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the landfill. Recycling helps to reduce depletion of our natural resources and prevent environmental degradation.
Loraas Recycle provides recycling for houses in Saskatoon. Loraas has the largest Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in the province and uses an advanced sorting process that safely sorts all mixed recycling materials, including glass. Click here for Loraas Recycle MRF video.
What you can expect from us
Loraas is the service provider for the program and is responsible for collections, cart maintenance, customer service, and processing of materials.
- Recyclables are collected every second week by Loraas Recycle in blue carts according to the Waste and Recycling Collection Calendar available online.
- Carts that are placed correctly, out by 7 a.m., and contain accepted materials, will be collected on scheduled collection days; call Loraas to report a missed collection.
- Blue carts are available to every single-family home that receives garbage collection in a black cart; this includes secondary suites.
- Cart(s) will be delivered within 2 weeks of a request for service at a new house.
- Damaged carts will be replaced by Loraas Recycle within 2 weeks of a complaint.
- Questions and concerns will be answered within 1 business day.
- Recyclables are collected by Loraas Recycle. The sorted material is then baled and shipped to local or world markets where it is transformed into usable products.
How you can help us
- Set out your cart by 7 a.m. on your collection day (actual collection times may vary each day).
- Make sure the cart lid is COMPLETELY closed (even a 2 inch lift is not completely closed). Trying to empty overfilled carts can result in spills and litter. Check out our video “Don’t get left behind” below.
- Place your cart so there is at least 1.2 metres (4 feet) of space on all sides, with no obstacles in the way of the collection trucks. See collection guidelines below.
- Return your cart to your property (and off of roadways, sidewalks, back lanes, and other municipal property) within 24 hours of collection to prevent fines, theft or damage to your cart.
- Rinse containers, flatten boxes, and place shredded paper in a clear, tied plastic bag.
- Toss clean items loosely into your blue cart, no bagging.
- Remove caps and lids (they are too small for the recycling equipment to sort).
Don't get left behind!
What goes in your blue cart?
Recycle all your paper, cardboard, glass, metal and plastics (#1-7) containers and packaging, by loosely placing them in your blue cart. Use the Waste Wizard tool to find out what goes in your blue cart or browse through the list of acceptable items or check out the video “Recycling Tips: What goes in”
- Paper and cardboard
- Newspapers, flyers, junk mail
- Corrugated cardboard
- Empty cereal, cookie and cracker boxes (remove liners)
- Magazines, catalogues, paperback books
- Telephone books
- Kleenex boxes, toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls
- Copier paper
- Shredded paper (in a clear, tied plastic bag)
- Clean pizza boxes
- Paper egg cartons
- All food and household plastic containers # 1-7
- Laundry jugs and milk jugs
- Juice and drink boxes
- Shampoo, conditioner and mouthwash bottles
- Cleaning product bottles
- Take-out containers, bakery and produce containers (called clam shells)
- Yogurt, sour cream and margarine containers
- Planting trays and flower pots
- Lids from coffee cups
Foil and cans
- Metal cans
- Soft drink cans
- Aluminum trays and foil (clean)
- Pet food cans
- Jar lids
- Wine, spirit and beer bottles
- Food jars - lids off
- Plastic Film (Grocery bags, Plastic wrap, Soft/stretchy plastics)
- Food contaminated paper or cardboard
- Waxed or plasticized paper
- Soiled Kleenex, napkins and paper towels
- Plastic toys, Tupperware or other plastics without a #1-7 symbol
- Motor oil containers
- Anything smaller than a credit card is too small to be sorted by recycling equipment
- Outdoor lawn furniture
- Pyrex or dishware glass
- Windows or mirrors
- Ceramics or porcelain
- Hazardous materials, such as needles and propane tanks are accepted NOT in the recycling bins. They pose a danger to staff and can impact the efficiency of the recycling process.
- Electronics or Paint are NOT accepted in the recycling bins. Most of these items can be taken to SARCAN.
- For information on the proper disposal of light bulbs, clothing, food waste, tires and microwaves, visit the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council.
Rates and Fees
In 2018, residents are charged $5.52 per household per month, or $66.24 per household per year, on their utility bill.
In 2019, rates will increase to $5.66 per household per month, or $67.92 per household per year.