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.
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Two Sarcan Recycling Depots in the southwest have a new feature called A Drop and Go Center available for use.
Sarcan Depots in Shaunavon, and in Gull Lake, both have had the new system installed since the beginning of June….
Government, SARCAN and SaskMilk Remind Residents to Recycle Milk Containers | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan
Environment Minister Scott Moe joined representatives from SARCAN and SaskMilk at the East Regina SARCAN depot today to remind Saskatchewan residents that milk containers are now included in the provincial recycling program.
As of April 1, residents can return ‘ready-to-serve’ milk containers to any of SARCAN’s 72 depots to receive a refund of the deposit paid at the point of purchase.
“SARCAN does a great job of running the beverage container recycling program, and through their efforts more than 80 per cent of containers are returned,” Moe said. “We have a great partnership with SARCAN and we are pleased to add milk containers to this important program.”
The new refundable deposits for milk containers are:
- $0.10 for plastic milk containers, paper milk cartons or tetra boxes, between one and 999 ml.
- $0.25 for plastic milk containers, paper milk cartons or tetra boxes, one litre or more.
“We have been very pleased by the positive reaction we’ve received so far from our customers across the province,” SARC and SARCAN Recycling Executive Director Amy McNeil said. “Now Saskatchewan residents have even more options to recycle than ever before, and we are very happy to have SARCAN be part of this opportunity to make sure even more materials are diverted from our Saskatchewan landfills.”
“Saskatchewan dairy farmers are proud stewards of the environment, and support this program that encourages the recycling of dairy containers in all areas of the province,” SaskMilk Chair Melvin Foth said.
SARCAN will accept fluid beverage containers including milk, buttermilk, cream, fluid coffee creamers, lactose-free milk products and drinkable yogurt. It will not accept containers from concentrates such as frozen juice mixes, infant formula, meal replacements, non-fluid coffee additives, pre-whipped whipping cream, evaporated milk or condensed milk. SARCAN will only accept milk containers with best before dates after April 1, 2017.
An environment handling fee of $0.03 for paper and aseptic/tetra cartons, $0.06 for plastic containers, and $0.07 for glass containers will apply to milk containers at the point of purchase. Environmental handling charges cover the environmental cost of collecting, consolidating and recycling milk containers, and are non-refundable.
Residents can begin recycling eligible milk containers immediately at any SARCAN depot.
Today Councillor Ed Lowenberger and myself attended the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council Fall Workshop. I was invited to speak at this years’ conference on how Recycling, and Waste Management works in Gull Lake. The presentation gave some history on how the current waste/recycle program came to be and how it works. I was pleased to share that Gull Lake has recycled 20.774 Tonnes of material in the first half of 2016.
I spoke about the partnership the Town has with the R.M. of Carmichael & R.M. of Gull Lake for single stream recycling bin in the industrial area. The 40-yard bin has been placed at the R.M. of Carmichael Office & Shop (located in Gull Lake) and is available for rural ratepayers as well as any Town residents.
The last part f the presentation dealt with the operation of the landfill and types of material allowedl. I touched on the challenges we face with the next pit having to be engineered and our desire to keep the current landfill operating, for as long as we can.
The conference was very informative and provided a good networking opportunity with other communities.