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Multi-Unit Residential Recycling (Blue Bin)

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Changes to Residential Recycling Programs coming January 1, 2020

In response to global recycling market conditions and to maintain the current levels of service, the City will be making the following changes to all residential recycling programs and City recycling depots.

 

  • Removal of black plastics (e.g. takeout containers, disposable coffee cup lids)
  • Removal of polycoat (e.g. paper coffee cups and beverage cups)
  • Curbside Residential Recycling rate increase to $7.38 per household per month in 2020 and $7.47 in 2021 pending City Council approval
  • Multi-Unit Residential Recycling rate increase to $3.71 per household per month in 2020 and $3.86 in 2021 pending City Council approval

  Fact Sheet: Changes to Residential Recycling Programs 

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 Bin?

Recycle all your paper, cardboard, glass, metal and plastics (#1-7) containers and packaging, by placing them in the Blue Bin.  Use the Waste Wizard tool to find out what goes in the Blue Bin or browse through the list of acceptable items.

Acceptable items

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
  • Paper Coffee Cups (polycoat) - effective January 1, 2020
  • Black Plastics (takeout containers, coffee cup lids) - effective January 1, 2020
  • Plastic bags (grocery bags, sandwich bags, etc) 
  • Plastic wrap/film
  • 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 NOT accepted 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 $3.11 per household per month, or $37.32 per household per year, on their utility bill.

Utility fees cover just over 50% of the program costs with the balance paid by the Multi Material Recycling Program (MMRP), a stewardship program that launched in Saskatchewan in January of 2016 and transfers some of the cost of recycling to the producers.

Customer Service

For question or concerns about the Blue Bin, collections, or other program details, contact Cosmo at 306-955-9100 or MURR@cosmoindustries.com. Questions and concerns will be answered within one business day. 

New Customers: To request recycling service for your dwelling, 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 Bin Program

  1. Multi-unit recycling is provided by Cosmopolitan Industries (Cosmo) to all residents living in apartments and condominiums that receive metal bin garbage collection.
  2. Cosmo will ensure that each building has adequate capacity for all their recyclables, building managers should contact Cosmo to request additional capacity. Requests for new bins will be accommodated within 2 weeks of a request for service.
  3. Bins are placed in a location agreed to by your property manager, Cosmo will ensure that collections are done safely and have minimal interference on parking or garbage collections.
  4. Please put only acceptable items in your cart. Unaccepted items can contaminate clean recycling or pose a risk to workers and equipment.
  5. Remove caps and lids as they are too small for the recycling equipment to sort.
  6. 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.
  7. Bins are collected on a regular schedule determined by Cosmo and your building manager; frequency can vary from twice a week to bi-weekly.  Cosmo sub-contracts collections to Emterra Group.
  8. Materials are taken to Cosmo Industries where they are sorted and baled, then shipped to local or world markets where it is transformed into usable products.

Cosmopolitan Industries

Cosmopolitan Industries enhances the quality of life for adults with intellectual disabilities, providing purposeful vocational activities which challenge capabilities and build self-esteem.  Watch the Cosmo MRF virtual tour video below.


Cosmo MRF Virtual Tour



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