How to recycle

Learn about Saskatoon’s new residential recycling program and help us roll out this service as efficiently as possible.

No sorting!

Our single stream program means no sorting, bagging or tying recyclables, or regular trips to the depot: place all material loose in your bin. Plastic bags are to be placed into one single bag and tied shut. Shredded paper should be bagged and tied shut.

Please recycle


Examples of paper recyclables

  • Flattened corrugated cardboard and paperboard (i.e. empty cereal boxes, empty detergent boxes, empty tissue boxes) placed loosely in the cart
  • Newspapers, flyers, inserts, junk mail
  • Magazines, catalogues, paperback books, hardcover books with covers and spine removed
  • Telephone books
  • Letter quality paper
  • Gift and packing paper (except aluminum or shiny paper)
  • Brown paper bags, tissue roll cores, gift and packing paper, paper egg cartons
  • Envelopes with or without windows
  • Copier paper, computer printouts, NCR (no carbon required) paper


Please bag shredded paper

  • Shredded paper

CONTAINERS Clean and Rinsed - Do Not Bag or Tie

Examples of recyclable containers

  • Aluminum soft drink and beer cans
  • Household tin cans (please rinse)
  • Milk cartons and jugs (please rinse and remove caps)
  • Juice cartons, boxes and aseptic containers (please rinse)
  • Plastic soft drink and water bottles (please remove caps)
  • Place plastic shopping bags inside another bag and tie; includes clean plastic food wrap and clean plastic product wrap
  • Household plastic containers and bottles - must have the recycling arrows with a number (#1 through #7) on the bottom. (A container with the arrows but no number means the container is made from recycled materials, but may not be recyclable itself and cannot be accepted)
  • Glass liquor bottles
  • Household glass; clear, green or brown (please rinse and remove lids). No cups, dishes, ashtrays, window glass, mirrors, Pyrex, ceramics, light bulbs or crystal


You can help keep the cost of collecting, sorting and processing down by recycling only those types of plastic that can be accepted in this program. The following is a list of accepted grades of plastics:

Do not recycle


Examples of what cannot be recycled

  • Waxed, plasticized or food contaminated paper, cardboard, cups or paper plates
  • Soiled tissues, napkins and paper towels
  • Heavily dyed or colored construction paper
  • Styrofoam or other foam packing materials
  • Household garbage, organics, hazardous or regulated waste
  • Aluminum/shiny gift paper
  • Medical waste
  • Diapers
  • Items other than those listed in the “Fiber” section


Other items that cannot be recycled

  • Hazardous material such as wet paint, chemicals or solvents
  • Ashes, sod, dirt, concrete or other heavy materials
  • Construction or demolition materials such as boards, roofing materials and carpet
  • Automotive parts, tires, oil filters or oil, tree clippings, liquids of any kind, animals or animal parts
  • Propane/helium tanks, electrical cords or computer cables, diapers, wood, dishware, cooking pans, or styrofoam
  • Contaminated plastic food or product wrap
  • Hazardous chemical containers (e.g. motor oil containers)
  • Auto parts, batteries
  • Any scrap metals other than household tin and aluminum cans
  • Propane tanks, gasoline or any type of fuel containers
  • Wire or plastic clothes hangers
  • Clear plastic clam shell containers without the recycling arrows and number 1 through 7
  • Plastic toys or Tupperware
  • Plastic pipe
  • Outdoor lawn furniture
  • Items other than those listed in “Containers” section

Only place items that are designated as recyclable within the blue recycling cart. Carts will be monitored and unacceptable items will be left curbside, or your cart will be rejected for collection. Thank you for your cooperation and commitment to recycling.

Collection days

Once your cart is delivered, service will begin within two weeks on your scheduled day. Click here to find your designated collection day. Blue recycling carts must be placed in the same location as your black garbage cart by 7:00 a.m. on your scheduled recycling collection day to ensure service; actual collection times may vary each day. Loraas Recycle will empty your cart every two weeks throughout the entire year.

Make sure the lid on your cart is closed, and you do not overfill your cart. Loraas Recycle can not collect carts that have been overfilled. If you have more recyclables than will fit in your cart on collection day, save them until your cart has been emptied and then place them in your empty cart or take them to Loraas Recycle’s public drop-off depot located at 1902 1st Ave. North There is no extra charge for using this depot.

Caring for your cart

Note the serial number of your cart when you receive it and make sure that’s the one you use. Between collection days, move your blue cart onto your property and securely store it. Inappropriate use of blue recycling carts may result in warnings, and continued misuse may result in fines.

Your blue cart is only for your household’s use. The cart and its contents are the property of Loraas Recycle. Tampering with the cart or its contents is an offense under the Waste Bylaw. To report damaged or stolen carts, contact Loraas Recycle at 306-242-2300 or

Hazardous material such as wet paint, chemicals or solvents cannot be recycled. Do not put ashes, sod, dirt, concrete or other heavy materials in your blue cart. You cannot recycle construction or demolition materials such as boards, roofing materials and carpet. Please do not put automotive parts, tires, oil filters or oil, tree clippings, liquids of any kind, animals or animal parts in your blue cart. Propane/helium tanks, electrical cords or computer cables, diapers, wood, dishware, cooking pans, or styrofoam.

Click this link to go to the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council’s “Where Do I Recycle?” database to find out where to recycle items not acceptable in your blue recycling cart.

Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council - Organization Database

Cart placement

The blue recycling carts are about the same size as your existing black garbage carts. You are responsible for moving your carts onto your property and securely storing them between collection days. Visit the Loraas Recycle website for instructions for cart placement.

Front Street Collection

Front Street Collection Diagram

Back Lane Collection

Back Lane Collection Diagram

Cul-de-sac Collection

Cul du sac Collection Diagram

Service fees

The 2013 recycling fee is $4.66 per month. It will automatically be added to your municipal utility bill after your cart has been delivered and service has begun. Saskatoon’s recycling program is one of the most affordable in Canada.

Service delays

If extreme weather occurs or mechanical problems prevent the trucks from operating, Loraas Recycle may have a difficult time meeting the collection schedule. Should this happen, simply leave your blue recycling cart out and Loraas Recycle will collect it at their first opportunity.

When is my collection day?

View the garbage & recycling calendar and set up alerts.

Curbside Composting

Order your green cart online.

Contact service provider

Contact waste and environmental services.

What do I do with...?

Learn how to dispose of various types of household waste.