Starting in 2016, residents of Saskatoon will only have their garbage collected every two weeks.
It’s part of the city’s attempt to “improve reliability and reduce fuel and emissions,” according to its website. Some pick-up days will also be changing in the New Year beginning Jan. 4.
The city will continue weekly garbage collection until Jan. 2. There is no recycling or garbage pick up on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, so carts will be emptied on the following Saturdays for those whose pick-up dates fall on the statutory holidays.
Recycling will continue to be collected every two weeks.
Green cart no longer just for yard waste.
Also in the New Year, people can start putting a lot more items into their green cart.
The city will now accept the following food waste:
- Fruits and vegetables (cooked or raw, including peels and pits)
- Bread, noodles, beans, rice, grains
- Nuts, seeds
- Eggs, eggshells
- Coffee grounds
- Paper teabags, paper coffee filters
- Dry baking ingredients, herbs, spices
- Food-soiled paper napkins, paper towel, and kleenex (must be free of contaminants, such as household cleaners and grease)
- Food-soiled paper plates, cups, and muffin wrappers (un-waxed and un-plasticized)
- Food-soiled pizza boxes (Note: clean pizza boxes go in your Blue Cart to be recycled)
- Wooden stir sticks, chop sticks, popsicle sticks, toothpicks
- Newsprint and paper bags (to wrap food and line containers)
The green cart costs $55 per season.