Waste minimization is a priority for the university. By focusing on the waste hiearchy, particularly reuse and recycling, we can produce less waste and divert as much as possible from the landfill.
A comprehensive, single-stream recycling system was introduced in 2012.
Waste audits are conducted regularly at the university to understand our waste profiles and issues.
Compostable organic matter* now represents ~60% of material that goes to the landfill, up from 44% in 2008. This represents a major issue for not just the University of Saskatchewan, but also for the City of Saskatoon as they face their own organic waste issues.
In 2018, the City of Saskatoon proceeded with a city-wide curbside organic collection program. As infrastructure and programs develop, the university will continue to work with the City to ensure that composting and organic waste management is available at the U of S campus.
* This does not include waste from university grounds management. Currently most grounds waste is composted.