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What to Recycle

Your blue cart or outdoor blue bin is for clean, recyclable household containers, paper and packaging.​  Simply toss items in loosely. Your cart lid must be completely closed for collection. 

Waste Wizard

Not sure of the right place for household waste? Check out Waste Wizard!

Holiday Season Recycling

Recycling tips for the holiday season:

  • Styrofoam goes in the garbage - it is not recyclable in our current recycling programs.
  • Gift and wrapping paper - if you can rip it, you can recycle it! No need to remove staples or tape.
  • Clean tin foil, foil containers and metal cookie containers are recyclable.
  • Unwanted electronics can be dropped off without charge at any SARCAN depot. Visit for information.
  • Flatten boxes and packaging before recycling and you’ll have more space in your cart for other recyclables.
  • Give milk (and egg nog) containers a quick rinse, flatten them and they’ll be ready to recycle.
  • Have a look on the bottom of your plastic containers. If there’s a number between 1 and 7, rinse it and pop it into your recycling.

These holiday items are not accepted in blue recycle carts or bins: ribbon, plasticized gift bags, Styrofoam, toys, Christmas trees (natural or artificial), Christmas lights, ornaments or decorations. Check out drop-off locations for natural Christmas Trees. Artificial trees can be sold or donated for re-use, or taken to the Landfill for disposal.

  • To help manage your recycling, ensure cardboard boxes and milk jugs are flattened. Excess recycling can be dropped at one of the City’s Recycling Depots (Lawson Heights, Lakewood, University Heights, Meadowgreen), Loraas Recycle Recycling Depot or Cosmopolitan Industries Recycling Depot. 
  • To help manage your garbage, residents are encouraged to place carts out for collection during the weekly holiday season garbage pickup in late December. 

What goes in recycling?

Paper and cardboard - flatten boxes
  • 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
  • Sorry, we don’t accept:
    • Food contaminated paper or cardboard
    • Waxed or plasticized paper
    • Diapers
    • Soiled Kleenex, napkins and paper towels

Plastic Containers - rinse
  • 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
  • Plastic (grocery) bags if in a tied plastic bag
  • Lids from coffee cups
  • Clean plastic wrap - if you can stretch the plastic, you can recycle it! (tie in a plastic bag with grocery bags)
  • Sorry, we don’t accept:
    • 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

Foil and cans - rinse 
  • Metal cans
  • Soft drink cans
  • Aluminum trays and foil (clean)
  • Pet food cans
  • Jar lids
  • Sorry, we don’t accept:
    • Needles
    • Outdoor lawn furniture

Household glass - rinse 
  • Wine, spirit and beer bottles
  • Food jars - lids off
  • Sorry, we don’t accept:
    • Pyrex or dishware glass
    • Windows or mirrors
    • Ceramics or porcelain

Collection Calendar for Curbside Garbage, Recycle and optional Green Cart service

View or download your waste and recycling collection calendar, sign up for handy email or phone reminders or add the schedule to your personal calendar.

Recycling Videos

What Goes In Recycling?
Why Wasn't Your Cart Emptied?
Multi-Unit Residential Recycling Tips
Loraas Recycle Virtual Tour
Cosmopolitan Industries Recycling Facility Virtual Tour

We can make a difference by recycling even more!

Reminder - everyday items like laundry jugs, milk jugs, aluminum trays, foil and pet food cans can be recycled. Simply rinse and toss loosely into your recycling cart or bin. 

Other Items

The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council has information on places in Saskatoon to recycle anything from your home. 

Black Garbage Carts

Black carts are for non-recyclable materials and household garbage.

  • Food waste
  • Soiled tissues or paper towels
  • Styrofoam
  • Other material that is non-recyclable and that does not go into other carts.

Any material in your black cart should be bagged and/or tied.

For everything else, check here for better ways to dispose of hazardous waste and dangerous goods.

Green Carts - Optional (Yard & Food Waste)

Green Carts are available for yard and food waste collection. For $55/season (2016 rate), subscribers receive pickup of their yard and food waste every two weeks from May through November, keeping this waste out of the Landfill. 

Online registration and renewal for 2016 closed on May 15. 

What happens if I put the wrong material(s) in my carts?

We will leave you a note and some information to help you avoid making the same mistake again. If it is an ongoing problem, continued misuse of your carts could result in fines.