Thursday, April 24, 2014

Composting and Green Cart - Leaves and Grass Collection Program: More Easy Ways to "Think, Choose, Do"

Green Cart - Leaves and Grass Collection Program

The Green Cart Leaves and Grass Collection program has been expanded for 2014, and is now available to interested households for $55 per season. Service includes bi-weekly pickup of your unbagged leaves, grass clippings, and non-woody yard vegetation.

The program runs from the beginning of May to the beginning of November. The 2014 Green Cart collection schedule, registration, renewal and payment are now available online. Simply visit Saskatoon.ca and click on “G” for Green Cart Program.

You may also download a personalized, easy-to-read calendar at SaskatoonRecycles.ca.



Compost Depots
Take your leaves, grass, and non-elm branches, stumps and tree trimmings to the City’s compost depots free of charge.

The compost depots opened April 14 and are located at the corner of Highway 7 and 11th Street, and McOrmond Road (0.6 km north of 8th Street East).

The Highway 7 Compost Depot is open 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday and stat holidays, and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday to Sunday.

The McOrmond Road Compost Depot is open 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 7 days a week and stat holidays.

Commercial haulers must purchase a permit and are encouraged to use the Highway 7 depot.

Note: The depots do NOT accept elm wood, sawdust, lumber, wood chips, mulch, building materials, stone, brick, clay, sand, gravel, any other waste product. You can find out ways to dispose of these or other items by contacting Customer Service at 306-975-2486.



“Yer Dirt” Compost Sales
Compost is ready-to-use organic matter that is used to replace much-needed nutrients in the soil. Composting works as bacteria and fungi break down organic matter, such as leaves, grass, and other plant materials. These tiny creatures occur naturally in our soils and yard waste. The City of Saskatoon’s compost depots provide ideal conditions for these microscopic organisms to do their work. The happier the bugs are, the better the compost piles work to break down your yard waste into a very valuable soil amendment.

Purchase compost and mulch for use on your lawn and in your garden at our “Yer Dirt” Compost and mulch sales being held at the Highway 7 Compost Depot (located at the corner of Highway 7 and 11th Street).

The Yer Dirt compost and mulch sale will run from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm on:
Saturday, May 17th
Saturday, May 24th
Saturday, May 31st
Saturday, September 6th
Saturday, September 13th
Dates may change during inclement weather.

Cost is $5 per bag (you may also bring your own container).
Compost 20L (5 gallons)
Mulch 40L (10 gallons)
Accepted payment methods include cash, credit card, or debit.

Become a Master Composter!
The City of Saskatoon is once again supporting the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council’s training session for people interested in becoming a Master Composter! Through lectures and hands-on practice, participants will learn in-depth techniques for turning organic waste into crumbly, soil-enriching compost.

This two-day workshop will be held:
Saturday, May 3, 10 am—5 pm @ The Library on 20th Street
Sunday, May 4, 10 am—4 pm @ Station 20 West

There is no cost to attend and there is limited space available, so don’t wait to register!

For more information or to register, contact Lisa Howse, Compost Education Coordinator, at Lisa@SaskWasteReduction.ca or (306) 370-0345.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

More Easy Ways to "Think, Choose, Do"

Recycling Opportunties
The blue-cart recycling program has been utilized by 97% of residents who together helped divert over 8,000 tonnes of recyclable material from the Landfill. The City continues to operate six recycling depots at the following locations:
  • Primrose Drive Recycling Depot – next to Lawson Civic Centre 
  • University Heights Recycling Depot – entrance on Ludlow Street, west of Lowe Road 
  • Lakewood Civic Centre Recycling Depot – 1635 McKercher Drive 
  • City of Saskatoon Landfill – Dundonald Avenue, 1.1 km south of 11th Street West 
  • Meadowgreen Recycling Depot – corner of 22nd Street West and Witney Avenue 
  • Edmonton Avenue Recycling Depot – west of Avenue P North 
These locations take paper, cardboard, milk jugs/cartons, and tin cans, as well as beverage containers.

Loraas Recycle also provides a 24-hour drop-off depot that accepts all the same materials that can go into the blue carts. It is located at 1902 1st Avenue North.

SARCAN and many private businesses also accept items ranging from old electronics and appliances, to scrap metal and plastics. Find locations and instructions at SaskWasteReduction.ca

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal
The City’s monthly Household Hazardous Waste Days make disposing of hazardous household chemicals and materials convenient and protects the environment.
The following materials are acceptable:
  • Adhesives - contact cement, caulking, sealer, carpet and linoleum adhesives, glue 
  • Aerosols - hair spray, insect repellant, lubricant spray, furniture cleaner 
  • Automotive - used engine oil, used engine oil filters, antifreeze, batteries, carburetor cleaners, oil fuel, windshield cleaner 
  • Batteries - automotive, cellphone, dry-cell, NiCad, lithium, alkali, lead-acid 
  • Cleaners - oven cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, glass cleaner, spot remover, disinfectants, car wax
  • Corrosives - drain cleaner, engine degreaser, ammonia, battery acid, sulfuric acid 
  • Fuels - gasoline, diesel, kerosene, lamp oil, oil/gas mixture 
  • Mercury - mercury, thermometers, thermostats, fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)
  • Oxidizers - chlorine, bleach, pool chemicals, fertilizers, hydrogen peroxide, septic tank chemicals
  • Poisons - lawn herbicides, garden chemicals, rat poison, gopher killer, insecticides 
  • Pharmaceuticals - old prescription drugs, medicines (no needles, sharps or biological waste) 
  • Propane Cylinders - barbeque cylinders, camp cylinders 
  • Solvents - paint thinner, acetone, varsol, alcohol, benzene, xylene, naphtha 
NEW! You can now drop off old computers and computer equipment, stereos and stereo equipment, and non-cellular telephones free-of-charge.

Items may be dropped off for safe disposal from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Credit Union Centre (101 - 3515 Thatcher Avenue) parking lot on the following dates:
May 17
June 21
July 19
August 16
September 20
October 18
November 15
December 20

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easy Ways to "Think, Choose, Do" on Earth Day and All Year Long!

It’s Earth Day! To celebrate, the City is participating in awareness events, sharing information about its environmental initiatives, and encouraging residents to THINK about their activities and how they affect the planet, to CHOOSE to live more environmentally friendly, and to DO something that many residents are already doing – living more green.

Let’s celebrate!
Join us at the Saskatchewan Environmental Society’s (SES) Earth Day Celebrations, taking place at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market today starting at 3:00 p.m. In addition to providing financial support for this event, the City will be showcasing our recycling information and other environmental programs. Activities will include eco­crafts and face­ painting, outdoor activities and a concert featuring local musicians. More information is available at www.environmentalsociety.ca

Seen any good flicks lately?
Take in four days of films, workshops and events at the Saskatchewan Eco Network’s Environmental Film Festival running April 24-27 at the Roxy Theatre and Frances Morrison Library. The City will present a Waste Reduction Workshop on April 27 following the afternoon films. More information is available at www.econet.ca

Check out our blog posts throughout the rest of the week to find out more about City environmental initiatives and how you can “Think, Choose, Do” in support of environmental protection. More info: http://owl.li/w2NWO


Monday, March 17, 2014

Earth Hour 2014

On Saturday, March 29, the City of Saskatoon will join others from across Saskatoon and around the world to take part in Earth Hour, a global event to acknowledge the importance of environmental awareness and action, during and beyond the hour.

In 2013, the City of Saskatoon partnered with the Saskatchewan Environmental Society to engage businesses and City Facilities in Earth Hour. 205 participants took part by: dimming or turning out lights, shutting down computers and other electronics, lowering their thermostats, engaging their employees and clients in environmental action, or hosting events.

This year, the City of Saskatoon has launched an Online Earth Hour Forum where businesses, organizations, students and community members are encouraged to post why they feel Earth Hour is important and what they’re doing this year to participate. Our collective efforts raise awareness of climate change and promote actions that conserve energy and help reduce GHG emissions. Celebrating and acknowledging these efforts is part of creating a more sustainable Saskatoon.

Join the discussion today on http://shapingsaskatoon.ca/!

Take FREE Transit on March 29, 2014
As a way of showing support for action on climate change, Saskatoon Transit is offering free transit on March 29 from 7:30pm until 1:00am. Reduce your footprint and save money by giving transit a try!

Post Your Photos Online
Show the world how you’re participating in Earth Hour by sharing your photos online. First, "Like" the City of Saskatoon on Facebook and Twitter. Then simply post your photos to your Facebook or Twitter account on March 29 with the hashtag #yxeEarthHour to show how you're taking action on climate change.

Two lucky winners will be drawn to receive a 1 month bus pass and transit promo prize pack from Saskatoon Transit!

Go Beyond the Hour
There are many things you can do to reduce your environmental impact, every day and every hour. For example, did you know if you were to take public transit instead of driving your vehicle to and from work, you could reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by approx. 470kg CO2e per year, as well as reduce fuel and maintenance expenses related to private vehicle use? Or if you were to turn off your lights for 1 additional hour per day, you could reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by approx. 415 kg CO2e and save $65.75 each year?

Check out these other tips by the Saskatchewan Environmental Society to find out more ways you can take environmental action, during and beyond the hour.

To find out more about the City of Saskatoon's participation in Earth Hour, please visit: http://www.saskatoon.ca/departments/utility%20services/environmental%20services/pages/earthhour.aspx

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Register Now for the 2014 Green Cart Program!

Convenient curbside pick-up of yard waste is available for $55 for the season.

You asked, we listened! The City of Saskatoon’s Green Cart program for leaves and grass composting has been expanded for 2014.

The Green Cart program is available to any interested household and runs from the beginning of May to the beginning of November. The service includes bi-weekly pickup of your unbagged leaves, grass clippings, and non-woody yard vegetation. Excess material, including non-elm branches and stumps, can be brought to the Highway 7 compost depot. Please do not place tree branches, elm, woody stalks, household organic waste, or any bagged material into your Green Cart.

Registration in the program is required and the cost for this convenient curbside pick-up service is $55 per household. Your collection day calendar and cart will be delivered shortly before your first collection in early May. On your collection days, simply place your Green Cart at the curb by 7:00am, keeping it four feet from all obstacles. Please return your Green Cart to your yard or garage within 24 hours after pick-up.

Although there is no deadline to register, please subscribe by April 1 to avoid missing the first collection.

The Green Cart program has been very popular and in the past a waiting list was forming. Residents asked for the program to grow, so the City of Saskatoon is now accepting all interested registrants. You may mail in your subscription form with a cheque or drop in at City Hall and pay by cash, cheque or debit. Registration has also been made simpler by going online: http://saskatoonenvirostore.ca.

The Green Cart program is a convenient and cost-effective way for residents to dispose of their yard waste without sending it to the landfill. When organic waste, such as leaves and grass, ends up in the landfill, it not only uses up valuable air space, but it also produces methane gas when it decomposes, a greenhouse gas much more potent than carbon dioxide. Instead, the yard waste collected through the Green Cart program is brought to the compost depot at the junction of Highway 7 and 11th Street to be converted into valuable compost that is used in City of Saskatoon parks, community and school gardens, and sold to residents.

Questions? Please contact us:
phone: 306-975-2487
e-mail: leavesandgrass@saskatoon.ca
web: www.saskatoonrecycles.ca.


Monday, February 10, 2014

City of Saskatoon: Honoured with Two Top Employer Awards - for the Third Year in a Row!



Did you know that the City of Saskatoon is one of the best places to work in Canada and Saskatchewan?

The City of Saskatoon has once again been awarded as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for 2014. A national competition, employers are judged on both qualitative and quantitative, external and internal data and initiatives, as well as leadership on inclusion and diversity practices.

Here are some of the reasons why the City of Saskatoon is ranked as one of the Best Diversity Employers in Canada for 2014:

  • The City dedicates a full time Diversity Coordinator to help manage the ongoing development of diversity and inclusion programs and policy.
  • Provided a career development workshop for Aboriginal seasonal employees; the workshop provided valuable information to aid in planning their personal future goals and career development with the City. This type of workshop assists the human resources team in gaining valuable feedback on the City’s present workplace culture.
  • Through successful partnerships with a broad range of local community organizations, the City offered educational presentations and workshops on employment opportunities within the City, the hiring process, and employment readiness.
  • Participated in career fairs year round designed for designated groups that include: Aboriginal, Newcomers, People with Disabilities, and the LGBT community.
  • The City partners with community organizations to provide a Heavy Equipment Operator/Class 1A pre-employment training program for people of Aboriginal ancestry seeking this career path.
  • Sets goals and measures employee population from within the four designated groups: Aboriginal, Visible Minority, Women in Under- represented Populations, and Persons with a Disability.
  • The City recognizes leaders in the organization that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion, thereby supporting the City’s strategic goal of offering an inclusive workplace that embraces diverse backgrounds.

The City of Saskatoon was also recently awarded for the third year in a row, as one of Saskatchewan’s Top Employers for 2014 for providing an exceptional work environment for its employees.

Choosing the right employer can have a big impact on an employee’s quality of life. Key benchmarks that job-seekers will find when employed with the City of Saskatoon, and reasons for the Top Employer award are: desirable career advancement, training and skills development opportunities; pension and financial benefits; health benefits, vacation and sick time; a commitment to an inclusive workplace that embraces diversity; community involvement; employee recognition; and a workplace where health and safety are a top priority.

The City is committed to building a culture of continuous improvement where innovation and forward-thinking are encouraged. Continuous improvement strategies support and promote the City of Saskatoon as a preferred employer. Ongoing attraction of skilled and talented people from a variety of backgrounds will ensure building an even better Saskatoon, a 21st century city we can all be proud of!

The City of Saskatoon's employer profile can be reviewed at Eluta.ca—an online recruitment resource used by more than 730,000 job-seekers in Canada every month.

CITY OF SASKATOON: NAMED A TOP SASKATCHEWAN EMPLOYER FOR 2014!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Smart Meter Technology Could Soon be Here! Comments Anyone?

The City is currently investigating an appropriate Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) for Saskatoon. The AMI technology would allow the City to implement the use of smart meters which can measure and record actual power and water usage by time intervals throughout the day, and transmit that data wirelessly over a secure network to a central data management system. Now the City is asking for feedback from residents.

Open House events will be held:
February 11, 2014 – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm:
Cliff Wright Branch Auditorium at Lakewood Civic Centre (1635 McKercher Drive)
February 12, 2014 – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm:
Mount Royal Collegiate Cafeteria (2220 Rusholme Road)

The following information will be provided at the Open House events:
  • How Smart Meters Work 
  • Benefits of Smart Meters 
  • It’s Your Health (Information on Radio Frequency) – Health Canada 
  • The City’s Meter Exchange Program 
  • Meter Display – Old Versus New 
  • Smart Meter Billing 
  • Tips to Reduce Outdoor Water Use, Indoor Water Use and Electricity Use
Residents unable to attend the Open House events can also provide feedback using the City’s new online engagement tool, Shaping Saskatoon.

To sign up, click on the Shaping Saskatoon link on the City’s homepage, and enter your email address and demographic information. Residents can sign up from a home computer, or anywhere that’s convenient on a mobile device.

The Smart Meters project will be available for comment on Shaping Saskatoon until the end of February. For more information on Smart Meters click here, or visit saskatoon.ca and click on “S” for Smart Meters.