Reduce, reuse and recycle. You most likely learned the three R’s in school, but according to the City of Saskatoon’s 2015 Integrated Waste Management Annual Report, Saskatonians get a failing grade.
“We’re still below the national average in terms of our waste diversion performance. Here in Saskatoon in 2015 we had a twenty-one percent waste diversion rate as compared to the national average, which is at thirty-three percent,” said Brenda Wallace, the city’s environmental and corporate initiatives director.
Year-over-year from 2014, contaminants are only down 1.5 per cent and the amount of recyclables still going into the landfills is equal to the amount being diverted.
“We really need to build some awareness and get the help of citizens as partners in achieving our recycling goals in the community,” said Wallace.