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Waste Diverted From the Landfill

“Divert 70% of waste from the Saskatoon landfill” measures our success in environmental stewardship.  The target means that more of Saskatoon’s waste will be recycled, reused, or composted instead of going to the landfill. 

How are we doing?

In 2018, the City’s Waste Diversion Rate was 23%. The City calculates the Waste Diversion Rate based on City run diversion and disposal programs. It does not include reduction, reuse, recycling or disposal through non-City programs, such as beverage containers, e-waste or nearby landfills. 

Data Table
Saskatoon Waste Diversion Rate
  2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 ...2023
Diversion Rate Target (%) 15.0 19.6 17.3 18.4 22.7 22.5 21.0 22.0 23.0 23.0 70


The target measures the success  of the City's waste management programs; it also indicates the City's and the community's commitment as environmental stewards to responsibly manage the materials that don't belong in the landfill.

Waste Diversion Rate =            Total waste diverted          
                                           Total waste (diverted + landfill)

"Total waste diverted” includes the amount of waste diverted through City of Saskatoon programs including recycling (curbside collection, multi-unit residential collection, public space recycling and recycling depots) and composting (curbside subscription program and compost depots, as well as materials collected through the EcoCentre at the City’s landfill). The calculated waste diversion rate does not include reduction, reuse, recycling or composting initiatives coordinated through non-City service providers such as SARCAN. “Total waste” includes the amount of waste diverted plus the amount of waste that goes to the City of Saskatoon landfill. Waste going to third party landfills is not included.

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