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Recovery Park will accept materials such as mixed metals, appliances, used oil and antifreeze, bicycles, construction waste, certain plastics, and elmwood just to name a few.

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Saskatoon StarPhoenix Construction is underway at Recovery Park, a waste-diversion facility at Saskatoon's landfill. Construction is underway at Recovery Park, a waste-diversion facility at Saskatoon’s landfill. Photo supplied by City of Saskat

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Construction is underway on Recovery Park, a waste diversion facility slated to open in 2023 next to the city’s landfill.

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The city says it currently diverts 24 per cent of garbage from the landfill. It hopes that with Recovery Park, curbside organics and new regulations all set to launch in 2023, the waste-diversion rate could increase to between 41 and 54 per cent.

“This project has been years in the making so it’s great to be at the stage where work is now happening on the site,” senior project management engineer Bryan Zerebeski said in a news release.

“The site has been cleaned up and cleared and soon we’ll get started on new weigh scales and new administrative and equipment storage buildings.”

Recovery Park will accept materials such as mixed metals, appliances, used oil and antifreeze, bicycles, construction waste, certain plastics, and elmwood.

The road to the facility has already been built and is scheduled to open August 9.

The project is expected to cost $19.5 million. The federal government is providing $7.8 million for the project, the province is supplying $6.5 million and the city is paying for the remainder.

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