September 27, 2004

CSIP funding of $2.5M helps Saskatoon complete upgrading, expansion of waste management centre

SASKATOON, SASK-A $2.53-million contribution from the Canada-Saskatchewan Infrastructure Program (CSIP) will enable the city of Saskatoon to complete a $3.8-million upgrade and expansion of the Saskatoon Waste Management Centre to make it more environmentally sound and sustainable. The CSIP funding is for the second and third phases of the upgrade and expansion. This year, work will begin on the second stage to cap portions of the existing landfill. Next year, work will begin on the third phase to expand the landfill site. "Not only does the upgrade of the landfill site emphasize the city's commitment to sound environmental stewardship, it also means improved service to our customers," said Saskatoon Mayor Don Atchison. This is the fourth year of the five-year infrastructure program that will see an investment of more than $170 million in federal, provincial and municipal funds in Saskatchewan's municipalities. The first priority for infrastructure investment through the CSIP is green municipal projects such as water and wastewater developments and upgrades, solid waste management and recycling, and improving the energy efficiency of buildings owned by municipal governments. Before receiving final approval, community projects must undergo a review process under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. More information is available from Pawel Kerc, Saskatoon's manager of environmental engineering, 306/975-2563, Email pawel.kerc@city.saskatoon.sk.ca.
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