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Curbside Residential Recycling (Blue Cart)

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Recycle Safe + Right + Clean

Dirty items ruin recycling, hazardous items can cause damage and injuries, and non-recyclables have no value and contaminate the recycling stream. Help us minimize contamination, run an efficient and successful recycling program, and ensure the safety of all the people that handle these materials. If you don't know where it goes, ask the Wizard!

Why Recycle?

Recycling helps divert unwanted waste from our landfill, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce the depletion of our natural resources.

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.

Acceptable items

Paper Products

  • 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

Plastic containers

  • 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

 Household glass

  • Wine, spirit and beer bottles
  • Food jars - lids off 

Unacceptable items
  • Plastic Film (Grocery bags, Plastic wrap, Soft/stretchy plastics)
  • Food contaminated paper or cardboard
  • Waxed or plasticized paper
  • Diapers
  • Soiled Kleenex, napkins and paper towels
  • Styrofoam
  • 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
  • Needles
  • 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

As of 2019, residents are charged $5.66 per household per month, or $67.92 per household per year, on their utility bill.

Customer Service

For questions or concerns about your Blue Cart (program details, missed collections, etc) or to report a damaged or missing cart contact Loraas Recycle at 306-242-2300 or customercare@loraas.ca. Questions and concerns will be answered within one business day.

New Customers: To request a cart for a newly built house (this may include multi-unit town houses), contact Corporate Revenue at 306-975-2400 or revenue@saskatoon.ca

Billing Inquiries: Contact Corporate Revenue at 306- 975-2400 or revenue@saskatoon.ca

Illegal Dumping: Report illegal dumping by submitting the online form or by calling 306-975-2486.

Recycling 101: What you need to know about the Blue Cart Program

  1. Curbside recycling is provided by Loraas Recycle, who are responsible for collections, cart maintenance, customer service, and materials processing.
  2. Blue Carts are available to every single-family household that receives curbside garbage collection in a Black Cart, including secondary suites.
    • Cart(s) will be delivered within 2 weeks of a request for service at a new home.
    • Damaged carts will be replaced by Loraas Recycle within 2 weeks of a complaint.
  3. Please put only acceptable items in your cart. Unaccepted items can contaminate clean recycling or pose a risk to workers and equipment.
  4. Remove caps and lids as they are too small for the recycling equipment to sort.
  5. Rinse containers, flatten boxes, and place shredded paper in a clear, tied plastic bag. All other items should be loose in your cart, not in bags.
  6. Roll your cart out by 7 a.m. (collection times may vary). Call Loraas to report a missed collection.
  7. Please follow proper Cart Placement to ensure successful collections.
  8. Carts are collected bi-weekly by Loraas Recycle. Refer to the Collection Calendar to see your schedule and sign up for reminders.
  9. Materials are taken to Loraas where they are sorted and baled, then shipped to local or world markets where it is transformed into usable products.

Loraas Recycle

Loraas Recycle 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. 


Loraas Recycle MRF​



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