Multi-Unit Residential Recycling (Blue Bin)
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 prevents environmental degradation.
Cosmopolitan Industries (known to many as 'Cosmo') delivers recycling services for Saskatoon's multi-unit buildings such as apartments and condominiums. Cosmo 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
What you can expect from us
- Multi-unit recycling is provided to all residents living in apartment and condominiums that receive garbage collection with a metal bin.
- Recyclables are collected on a regular schedule determined by Cosmo and your building manager, frequency can vary from twice a week to every second week. Cosmo sub-contracts Collections to Emterra Group.
- 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
- 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.
- Questions and concerns will be answered within 1 business day.
- Materials are taken to Cosmo Industries to be sorted and bailed. The bailed material is shipped to local or world markets where it is transformed into usable products.
How you can help us
- Rinse containers and flatten boxes.
- Toss clean items loosely into your blue cart, no bagging.
- Remove caps and lids (they're too small for the recycling equipment to sort).
- Place shredded paper in a clear, tied plastic bag.
What goes in your blue bin?
Recycle all your paper, cardboard, glass, metal and plastic (#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 accepted items or check out the video below.
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
- 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)
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
- 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 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
In 2018, residents are charged $2.96 per household per month, or $35.52 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.
In 2019, rates will increase to $3.11 per household per month, or $37.32 per household per year.
Report illegally disposed waste by submitting online form or by calling 306-975-2486.