Building of recent waste diversion facility begins in Saskatoon – Saskatoon
A new waste diversion facility currently under construction in Saskatoon could potentially divert more than half of the waste to the landfill once it is operational in 2023.
City officials said the Recovery Park, next to the landfill, will be a one-stop location for easy, efficient, and inexpensive waste diversion.
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Bryan Zerebeski, the city’s senior project management engineer with technical services, said the project took “years in development”.
“The site has been cleaned up and cleared and we will soon start with new scales and new administration and equipment storage buildings,” Zerebeski said in a statement on Wednesday.
“The site will be landscaped and when the Recovery Park opens in 2023, Saskatoon will see a very simple and well-organized waste and recycling facility.”
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Officials said the new site is intended to improve recycling opportunities at the landfill and provide room for future diversion options to develop.
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- domestic appliances
- Construction and demolition waste
- Hard plastic
- hazardous household waste
- used oil and antifreeze
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The city currently diverts 24 percent of its rubbish from the landfill. Officials said the number will climb to 41 to 54 percent once the recovery park is operational.
A new road into the park will open on August 9th.
Access to the landfill from Valley Road will continue, but users will be directed to the new road while the existing one is decommissioned.
The total cost of the project is estimated at $ 19.5 million.
The Canadian government will provide up to $ 7.8 million for the project and the Saskatchewan government will contribute up to $ 6,499,350.
The city of Saskatoon will fund the rest of the project.
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