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Important Recycling Notice for Residents


March 1,2018

Dear: Valued Customers

We have been advised by our recycle plant, that they can no longer accept Plastic Film. What we have
been told plastic film is (any stretchy type of plastic and the below-listed items)

  • Plastic bags (Bread bags, sandwich bags)
  • food wrap (Saran or cling wrap)
  • cellophane wrapping or packaging.
  • grocery bags

Where Canadian plastic was shipped to, is no longer accepting these types of plastic. So, until there is another
market for this, we ask that you do not place this in your recycle totes and bins.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office and we will gladly help you.

Fax 306-672-4427

New Grain Bag Recycling Program Approved

The Government of Saskatchewan recently approved a new recycling program for agricultural grain bags.  The program, set to launch in March 2018, provides a responsible option for producers to return these large, heavy bags for recycling and to prevent environmental harm from open burning or improper disposal.

The recycling program will be operated by Cleanfarms, a non-profit environmental stewardship organization, and regulated by The Agricultural Packaging Product Waste Stewardship Regulations, which came into effect in July 2016.

“This makes Saskatchewan the first province in Canada with a regulated agricultural plastics recycling program,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said.  “I’m pleased that our province is a leader in agricultural plastics recycling, and that our producers and sellers will have a program for grain bags to be responsibly recycled to protect our environment.”

With the assistance of funding from the Ministry of Agriculture, Cleanfarms will establish 20 grain bag collection sites in 2018, with more sites planned for 2019.

“We know that Saskatchewan farmers want to do the right thing for their land and communities,” Cleanfarms General Manager Barry Friesen said.  “Our team is looking forward to being part of this new work and to help farmers be even more sustainable.”

“Saskatchewan producers are responsible stewards of their land,” Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan President Todd Lewis said.  “They care deeply about sustainability, and are aware of how their actions today could affect future generations.  Our members will be pleased to see the launch of this program.”

The Ministry of Agriculture funded a grain bag recycling pilot program from 2011 to 2017, operated by Simply Agriculture Solutions.  Through the program, 4,209 metric tonnes of material was shipped to recyclers – equivalent to approximately 28,000 grain bags.

The new program will include an environmental handling fee of $0.25 per kilogram, which will be paid at the point of purchase effective November 1, 2018.

Source: New Grain Bag Recycling Program Approved

Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy Focuses on Readiness and Resilience

Today, Environment Minister Dustin Duncan introduced the provincial government’s climate change strategy. The strategy, titled Prairie Resilience: A Made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy, focuses on the principles of readiness and resilience, while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapting to the effects of climate change – without a carbon tax.

“This plan is broader and bolder than a single policy such as a carbon tax and will achieve better and more meaningful outcomes over the long term,” Duncan said. “Our climate change strategy recognizes the investment and innovation that has taken place and sets out the road map for future actions. This is about protecting our people and communities as much as it is about working with industry and others to reduce emissions here in Saskatchewan.”

The strategy proposes actions in key areas, including: natural systems; physical infrastructure; economic sustainability; community preparedness; and measuring, monitoring and reporting.

The climate change strategy includes developing and implementing sector-specific output-based performance standards on large emitting facilities, such as those in oil and gas, and mining. These standards will be developed in consultation with industry throughout 2018 and will recognize actions already taken by industry to reduce emissions.

Flexible compliance options for industry will be developed that will include:
Making improvements at facilities to reduce emissions intensity;
Purchasing a carbon offset, representing a reduction in GHG emissions;
Using best performance credits;
Utilizing a market mechanism outlined in the Paris Accord, such as an internationally transferred mitigation outcome; and
Paying into a technology fund.

The offset system will create additional value for actions that result in carbon sequestration or reduced emissions, especially from agricultural soils, wetlands and forests. While agricultural producers will not be covered under any standard, they will benefit from being eligible to participate in the new offset program.

The strategy also reaffirms SaskPower’s commitment to achieve a 50 per cent electricity capacity from renewable resources and reduce overall GHG emissions by 40 per cent by 2030. Provincial regulations will be introduced for electrical generation that will help facilitate an equivalency agreement with the federal government covering coal-fired generation in the province.

“Saskatchewan is blessed with natural resources that provide food, fuel and fertilizer to the world and innovative producers that supply these resources in the most environmentally responsible ways possible,” Duncan said. “This strategy will allow our industries to grow and continue providing these goods while staying competitive on the world stage. It will ensure Saskatchewan remains an attractive place to do business and reaffirms our commitment to reducing emissions and addressing climate change.”

The strategy also includes increasing efficiencies in buildings by adopting the 2015 National Building Code; creating a freight strategy to improve delivery times, reduce fuel and increase efficiency; and developing a climate resiliency model to help ensure communities are able to adapt and mitigate against the effects of climate change.

Stakeholder consultations will begin in early 2018. This will refine the strategy and allow the province to implement regulations, resilience measures and reporting structures in 2018.

Saskatchewan’s climate change strategy is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/business/environmental-protection-and-sustainability/climate-change-policy.

Source: Government of Saskatchewan

Province expands list of electronic items to be accepted for recycling

The provincial government has announced an expanded list of electronic items to be accepted for recycling. The updated list will take effect May 1, 2018. New items include countertop microwave ovens, desktop and portable scanners, floor-standing printers, external storage drives and modems, game consoles (including hand-held and accessories), e-book readers and portable and vehicle (after-market) GPS systems.

Source: Province expands list of electronic items to be accepted for recycling

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