The City of Regina fellshort of its goal to divert 40 per cent of waste from the city landfill, but hopesto do better going forward."When the targets were set in 2011, there was anticipation that these programs could be introduced and implemented in a fairly quick pace," said Lisa Legault, director of solid waste. "What we found is that it took longer than expected to get the blue cart program on the street. Once it was implemented, our focus turned towards supporting our residents and promoting recycling."The 2011 Waste Plan Regina set the40 per cent waste diversion target by 2015. Now the cityexpects to hit 65 per cent by 2020 with new services now in development, almost ready for implementation. Over the last few years, the City of Regina has promoted recycling through media campaigns, public outreach and presentations to get residents to change their behaviours in regards to waste. The education campaign appears to be working.In 2014, 18 per cent of waste was diverted, rising to 20 per cent in 2016. In addition, blue carts are set out 18 of 26 collection days per year on average. Each bin is about 72 per cent full, but they also contain 11 per cent non-recyclable material."Given what we see, there are still improvements to be made," Legault said.One of the new plans being implemented in 2017, if there is budget approval, is the recycling pilot project for city-owned facilities, including arenas and leisure centres. This will provide the public the ability to recycle while at those facilities. As well, the city will start looking at a recycling program for non-residential venues."We will be looking at recycling more at an office building, fleet garages, that sort of thing," Legault said, adding that 70 per cent of waste in a landfill comes from non-residential sectors. "It is important we look at how well our residents recycle, and how the businesses within the Regina area do as well."Later this year, the city will also look at aproposed curbside leaf and yard waste program. Currently, yard waste can be taken to leaf and yard depots in the city. In 2016, 411 tonnes of leaf and yard waste was diverted from the landfill by residents, which represented a 32 per cent increase from the previous year.While that form of organic waste disposal increased, treecycle depots saw a usage decrease of 42 per cent this year."There has been a significant decrease in natural trees that are purchased during the holidays," Legault said. "I think that is a primary reason. It is a significant decrease from 10 years ago."Overall, residents appear to be very happy with the recycling service in Regina and agree with its importance. In 2016, 96 per cent of respondents stated they agreed that it is important to reduce the amount of household waste going into the landfill."We are really excited that people are happy with the recycling program," Legault said. "Having a few years of experience with the community when it comes to recycling, we are looking at other opportunities to enhance the recycling program as much as we can."Legault stated that residents have been asking for the opportunity to recycle more products, and that the city is looking into the possibility."The most common requests are plastic bags and things like disposable coffee cups," Legault said. "As a city and as a government, it is important to us to ensure that the value added in that cost to add to the program, is appropriate for the value that is provided to residents."