Agricultural Packaging Recycling in Saskatchewan
Cleanfarms is a Canadian not-for-profit organization committed to environmental responsibility through industry stewardship. We make it possible for farmers to safely dispose of or recycle agricultural packaging waste through programs supported by our members – companies that supply farms with the products needed to feed a growing population.
Cleanfarms is best known for its empty commercial pesticide and fertilizer container recycling program, which has been available since 1989. Starting in 2018, Cleanfarms began managing the province’s grain bag recycling program.
How is the Program Funded?
Cleanfarms’ programs are funded through its members: the leading developers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers of pesticides, fertilizers, seed, equine and livestock medications, and grain bags.
The grain bag recycling program is funded through an Environmental Handling Fee (EHF) that is applied on the sale of all grain bags. It is not a refundable deposit and is subject to applicable taxes. The EHF is collected by companies that sell grain bags and remitted to Cleanfarms. It is used to fund the collection, transportation and responsible recycling of grain bags.
Grain bags are sold in various sizes and weights. The EHF has been determined on a per kilogram basis and is $0.25 per kilogram. It is applied to each size category (e.g. 9 x 200) based on the average weight of the bags in that size category. Further information on the EHF is available on the Cleanfarms website here.
How are Agricultural Pesticide and Fertilizer Containers Recycled?
Cleanfarms works with Saskatchewan ag-retailers to ensure containers are managed properly.
Farmers typically return their clean, rinsed empty pesticide and liquid fertilizer containers to the point of sale.
After collection, the plastic from the containers is cleaned, shredded and then pelletized and turned into farm drainage tile, which is frequently used back on the farm.
How are Grain Bags Recycled?
Rolled grain bags are accepted at collection sites across the province. Cleanfarms works primarily with municipal collection sites to offer this new program across the province.
After collection, grain bags are shipped to approved end markets. Grain bags are typically recycled into items like garbage bags.
What Other Programs are Available?
Cleanfarms offers programs to manage a variety of agricultural wastes including:
Obsolete or unwanted pesticides and equine/livestock medications – offered in each region once every three years.
Empty seed & pesticide bags – pilots are underway in Western Canada.
For mire information, visit www.cleanfarms.ca or call 1-877-622-4460.
Beverage Container Recycling in Saskatchewan
SARCAN Recycling provides social responsibility, environmental sustainability and community building through our network of recycling depots and processing plants across Saskatchewan.
SARCAN is the business division of SARC, the provincial umbrella association that provides services, training, consultation and leadership to community-based organizations. SARC started SARCAN in 1988 when aluminum beverage containers were introduced into Saskatchewan. The program is monitored by the Ministry of Environment's - Environmental Management Protection Act, as well as the Litter Control Designation Regulations. Since its inception, SARCAN has recycled over eight billion beverage containers and averages recycling over 400 million beverage containers each year. That amounts to over 19,000 tonnes of waste kept out of Saskatchewan landfills every year.
How are Beverage Containers Recycled?
Any beverage container that is charged a deposit at the time of purchase can be brought back to SARCAN for recycling and deposit refund collection. This includes all ready to serve beverage containers such as juice, milk, pop, alcohol, beer, etc. For a full list of refundable containers, please visit http://www.sarcan.ca/pages/deposit-beverage-containers.
Consumers can bring their beverage containers to one of 72 SARCAN recycling depots across 63 communities in Saskatchewan. There is also an option for Drop & Go, where consumers can leave their containers at the depot and receive deposit refunds electronically.
How is the Program Funded?
The majority of the beverage containers sold in Saskatchewan are legislated by the Government of Saskatchewan, which means that they are subject to a deposit that is paid by the customer upon purchase. When the container is returned to SARCAN, that deposit is refunded to the customer.
In addition to the deposit fee, there is an environmental handling fee (EHF) that is a non-refundable fee paid at the time of purchase. The environmental handling fees are collected by the Government of Saskatchewan, and these fees are used to help fund SARCAN Recycling.
A detailed list of the refundable deposits and EHFs is available on SARCAN’s website at http://www.sarcan.ca/pages/deposit-beverage-containers.
What are the Processes for Individual and Bulk/Group Returns?
There is a $75 limit for deposit refunds per person per week which is intended to stop the flow of containers from out-of-province. In order to return containers to SARCAN, individuals must be a resident of Saskatchewan and the containers must be purchased in Saskatchewan.
SARCAN’s $75 per person/per week limit only applies to individual customer orders. Exemptions to this limit are available to bottle drives or any organization returning beverage containers from things like a school, library, sports complex, or special events like weddings, concerts, festivals, etc.
Restaurants, bars, hotels, offices or any other business returning beverage containers are exempt for the $75 per person/per week limit.
For bulk returns and bottle drives, a drop-off time can be booked with a depot a couple of days in advance. Once the order is dropped off, SARCAN staff will count it and then a cheque can be picked up once it is ready. Visit www.sarcan.ca/locations to find depot contact information.
What Happens to the Beverage Containers?
All materials collected at SARCAN are recycled into everyday, useable products. No materials are ever put in landfills. Please watch the Incredible Journey of a Beverage Container to find out what happens to the materials recycled at SARCAN.
For more information, please visit www.sarcan.ca or call 306-933-0616.
Electronic Recycling in Saskatchewan
Electronics recycling is governed by The Electronic Equipment Stewardship Regulations which requires first sellers such as retailers, distributors, and manufacturers (stewards) of regulated products to manage those products at the end of their useful life. This can be done by a steward itself or a group of stewards can use a third-party to manage its obligation. In Saskatchewan, the Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) provides this service on the stewards’ behalf and manages the Recycle My Electronics program.
EPRA is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization which is responsible for implementing and operating, on behalf of its stewards, the Product Stewardship program approved by the Government of Saskatchewan. This program covers the recovery and reclamation of electronic products in accordance with the Electronics Recycling Standard (ERS) and the Recycler Qualification Program (RQP).
Saskatchewan is an international pioneer in product stewardship for end-of-life electronics. In 2006 it implemented regulation for North America’s first industry-led EPR (extended producer responsibility) program for collecting and responsibly recycling a broad range of regulated electronics.
How is the Program Funded?
Funding of EPRA is through Environmental Handling Fees (EHFs) that are applied on the sale of all new electronic products regulated in Saskatchewan. It is not a tax nor is it a refundable deposit. The EHF on each item in the program is based on the actual cost to recycle the materials contained in the product. All program revenue is used for the collection, transportation, and responsible recycling of end-of-life electronics, as well as program administration.
A list of applicable EHFs for regulated electronic devices is available on the Recycle My Electronics website (found here).
What Electronics Can Be Recycled?
No matter how old, just about everything from televisions to computers to microwaves can be recycled. Electronics are filled with resources – glass, plastic gold, silver, copper, and rare earth metals – that can be recovered and recycled. End-of-useful life electronics need to be kept out of landfills and out of the hands of irresponsible recyclers or those that may illegally export them. A detailed list of what electronics can be recycled in Saskatchewan is available on the Recycle My Electronics website at https://www.recyclemyelectronics.ca/sk/what-can-i-recycle/.
Where Can Electronics be Recycled?
Qualifying electronic devices can be dropped off at over 90 drop-off locations throughout the province for safe and secure recycling. These locations include SARCAN Recycling Depots, businesses, and municipal facilities. Additionally, communities can host collection events and businesses can request pickup (based on specific criteria). Information on drop-off locations and events can be found at https://www.recyclemyelectronics.ca/sk/
What Happens to the Electronics?
Once collected items are sent to an EPRA-approved recycling facility for dismantling and the removal of any substances of concern for proper downstream management. EPRA only works with recyclers who have been verified under the national Electronics Recycling Standard (ERS), which was designed by the electronics industry to ensure that end-of-life electronics are managed in a safe and environmentally sound manner and that the health and safety of workers and handlers are protected. The resources that are recovered and recycled are put back into the manufacturing supply chain.
To find out more visit https://www.recyclemyelectronics.ca/sk/ or call 306-242-6006.
0il and Antifreeze Recycling in Saskatchewan
The Saskatchewan Association for Resource Recovery Corp. (SARRC) is a not-for-profit corporation formed by the oil, filter, antifreeze and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) industry in Saskatchewan to develop, implement and maintain a single, cost-effective, province-wide Used Oil, Filter, Antifreeze and Oil/Antifreeze/DEF Container Recycling Program. The program, first launched September 1, 1997, is operated on behalf of SARRC’s 204 member organizations, in accordance with The Used Petroleum and Antifreeze Products Collection Regulations of Saskatchewan.
Since the program began, and as of Dec. 31, 2017, 343 million litres of oil, 37.8 million oil filters, 6.1 million kgs of plastics (6100 tonnes) has been recycled; and since inception on April 1, 2014, 870,000 litres of used antifreeze has been recycled.
How is the Program Funded?
The program is funded by an Environmental Handling Charge (EHC) assessed on new oil, oil filters, antifreeze and plastic oil/antifreeze/DEF containers at the first point of sale or distribution in Saskatchewan. The EHC is not a government tax, but a user-paid levy and is used solely to operate the collection of used oil, used oil filters, used antifreeze, and used plastic oil/antifreeze/DEF containers (up to 50-litre capacity).
A detailed list of the EHCs is available on SARRC’s website here.
Why are Used Oil and Antifreeze Materials Hazardous?
One litre of used oil can contaminate one million litres of water. Also, ethylene glycol antifreeze is highly toxic to humans, pets and wildlife. Significant environmental damage can result from the used oil from just one oil change.
What Types of Materials Can be Recycled?
In Saskatchewan, you can recycle any petroleum or synthetic crankcase oil, engine oil, hydraulic fluid, transmission fluid, gear oil, heat transfer fluid or other fluid used for lubricating purposes in machinery or equipment.
Ensure your used oil is not contaminated with such things as water, antifreeze, paint or solvent. If it is, please contact your local municipality about where you can recycle this material.
Also do not contaminate antifreeze with oil or any other fluids. The public can also call selected registered collectors, or the SARRC office, for information about disposal of contaminated materials.
What types of oil filters are recyclable?
Any spin-on or element oil filter used in hydraulic, transmission or internal combustion engine applications can be recycled. This includes diesel fuel filters but does not include gasoline fuel filters.
Where Can these Materials be Recycled?
For do-it-yourself mechanics, farmers and small businesses, used oil, filters, antifreeze, and oil/antifreeze/diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) containers can be taken to one of the nearly 200 year-round independent recycling facilities including 35 EcoCentres available in almost 200 communities province-wide. Click here for a list of recycling facilities. For businesses and farmers generating large volumes, contact a registered collector to pick up your used oil materials on site. Click here for a list of collectors.
SARRC can also be reached by calling its toll free telephone number at 1-877-645-7275.
How Can Large Quantities be Transported?
Contact one of SARRC’s registered collectors who will make arrangements to pick up used oil and antifreeze materials at a business or in the community. Click here for the list of Collectors or call SARRC’s toll free phone number 1-877-645-7275.
What Happens to the Materials?
Used oil is reprocessed into re-refined lubricating oil, industrial burner fuel and other products.
Used filters are crushed to retrieve the used oil. Then the filters are processed into structural metal shapes for the manufacturing of industrial and agricultural products.
Used antifreeze is reprocessed back into reusable antifreeze.
Used plastic oil/antifreeze/DEF containers and pails are recycled into industrial posts, railroad crossings, plastic pipe and new containers. Plastic 20-litre pails may also be refilled with bulk lubricants, or cleaned and re-used for a wide number of applications.
For more information, visit www.usedoilrecyclingsk.com or call 1-877-645-7275.
Household Paper and Packaging Recycling in Saskatchewan
Multi-Material Stewardship Western (MMSW) is a Saskatchewan-based not-for-profit organization that began operation in 2016 to help obligated businesses supplying packaging and paper products meet their obligations under Saskatchewan’s Household Packaging and Paper Stewardship Program Regulations. MMSW members include retailers, restaurants, importers, manufacturers, distributors or wholesalers and any organization that supplies packaged goods and/or paper and flyers to Saskatchewan residents.
MMSW is supported in its work by Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance Inc. (CSSA). CSSA is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to providing support services to stewardship programs across Canada.
How is the Program Funded?
Businesses selling or distributing packaging and printed paper materials share the responsibility with municipalities to finance the collection and recycling of household packaging and paper in Saskatchewan. This approach to funding recycling programs is called Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).
MMSW’s steward members help finance the delivery of effective and efficient recycling services for the Waste Paper and Packaging (WPP) they supply to Saskatchewan consumers. Stewards include brand owners, first importers, retailers, restaurants, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and other organizations.
How Does Payment to Municipalities and First Nations Governments Work?
Packaging and paper make up about 40 per cent of household waste in Saskatchewan. Businesses and organizations registered with MMSW and that distribute packaged goods and paper to households in Saskatchewan pay a portion of the costs for municipalities to collect and recycle the packaging and paper that residents recycle.
MMSW has reached agreements with over 480 municipalities, First Nations communities, and Regional Waste Authorities to provide payment for recycling services based on a 60% capture rate of the materials reported by MMSW stewards. These agreements cover 86 per cent of Saskatchewan households. The agreements provide for per household financing for Local Governments and Regional Waste Authorities to use towards funding recycling programs.
In early 2018, the Committee developed a payment model based on a survey of actual Saskatchewan costs and supply-chain expenses. A new payment model was approved and takes effect on January 1, 2019. Under the new model, per household (HH) payments to municipalities increase from $11.75/HH to $15.00/HH for collectors who provide depot services and to $25.00/HH for those that provide curbside services (with or without depots).
In its first two years of operation, the number of curbside collection programs has doubled, either as stand-alone service or as an addition to existing depot service.
To find out more, visit http://www.mmsk.ca/ or call 306-500-6172.
Paint Recycling in Saskatchewan
The Saskatchewan paint recycling program managed by Product Care Recycling (Product Care) began in 2006 under the Government of Saskatchewan’s Waste Paint Management Regulations. The Regulations require anyone selling paint products in Saskatchewan to have a program to manage them at end-of-life. Accepted paint products include household paints, stains, varnishes, and empty paint cans. The program recycles over 300,000 litres annually, and since its inception, more than 3 million litres of paint have been recycled in Saskatchewan.
Product Care is a federally incorporated not-for-profit organization, providing recycling services across nine Canadian provinces and is funded by its members who include paint manufacturers, distributors and retailers.
How is the Program Funded?
The program is funded entirely by Environmental Handling Fees (EHFs) remitted by Product Care's industry members. EHFs are paid by Product Care members based on their unit sales and these fees are passed on to consumers when they purchase paint at a retailer. The EHF is neither a tax nor a deposit, but rather, a fee to cover the cost of responsible management of paint and paint containers at their end-of-life. No part of the eco-fee is remitted to the government and there is no government funding for the program.
A list of the EHFs is available on Product Care’s website at https://www.productcare.org/products/paint/saskatchewan/funding/.
Where Can Paint be Recycled?
Customers can take paint containers ranging in size from 100 ml to 23 litres, empty or containing paint, and aerosol paint containers to any one of the 72 SARCAN Recycling depots across the province. SARCAN also maintains shelves for sharing leftover paint if paint is of high enough quality, which is available for the public free of charge. For more information, see the PaintReuse section of Product Care’s website.
Daily limits for paint drop off apply: 25 one-gallon paint containers and up to 50 aerosol paint containers. Trade painters and other bulk paint customers may drop off more by appointment only.
Paint can also be returned to participating Rona and Lowes locations.
What Types of Paint are Included in the Program?
When returning leftover paint, be sure to keep products in their original containers with labels intact. Do not combine leftover paints with each other or with oils, solvents or other products. Make sure paint cans are properly sealed before transporting.
Paint products included in the program are:
Interior and exterior water-based (e.g. latex, acrylic) and oil-based (e.g. alkyd, enamel) consumer paint
Deck and floor coating (including elastomeric)
Varnish and urethane (single-component)
Concrete and masonry paint
Undercoats and primers (e.g. metal, wood etc.)
Marine paint (unless registered under Pest Control Products Act)
Wood finishing oil
Melamine, metal and anti-rust paint, stain and shellac
Swimming pool paint (single-component)
Stain blocking paint
Wood preservatives (unless registered under Pest Control Act)
Wood, masonry, driveway sealer or water repellant (non-tar or bitumen based)
Already empty paint containers
Aerosol paint of all types, including: automotive, craft and industrial
What Paint Products are Not Accepted?
Paints or wood preservatives that are registered as a pesticide under the pest control act (has P.C.P. Reg# on label) e.g. marine anti-fouling paint, should be treated as a pesticide
Craft paint (non-aerosol)
Automotive paint (non-aerosol)
Industrial paints & finishes (eg. baked-on, heat resistant etc.)
2-part or component paints containing catalyst or activator
Roof patch or repair
Tar-based or bitumen based product
Traffic or line marking paint
Quick drying paint
Paint thinners, mineral spirits or solvents
Colorants and Tints
Caulking compound, epoxies, glues or adhesives
Brushes, rags and rollers
Paint in glass containers
Unidentifiable or unlabelled containers
Improperly sealed paint containers
Paint containers with poor integrity (e.g. badly rusted cans) or leaking
Other household chemicals
What Happens to the Paint?
At its end-of-life, paint products are recycled into a number of different uses or products including: recycled into new paint, used as binder in cement, as alternative fuels.
What are Other Options for Leftover Paint?
The most cost-effective and energy efficient use for leftover paint is reuse. Leftover paint could be offered to friends or community groups, or take it to SARCAN. SARCAN makes useable paint brought to their depots available to the public free of charge.
Consumers may want to save extra paint to use for touch ups. To properly store paint, clean the rim of the can to ensure a proper seal. Pour 1/8" (3mm) of solvent on top of oil-based paint, or 1/8" (3mm) of water on top of latex paint to seal the surface, then secure the lid. Alternatively, stretch plastic wrap over the can opening, replace the lid securely, and store paint upside down. This will create an airtight seal to keep the paint fresh until you're ready to use it again. Always store paint away from heat sources at temperatures between 3 degrees and 35 degrees Celsius, and out of the reach of children.
For more information, visit https://www.productcare.org/products/paint/saskatchewan/ or call 306-880-1488.
Tire Recycling in Saskatchewan
The Tire Stewardship of Saskatchewan Inc. (TSS) is the approved program operator for scrap tire management and recycling activities in Saskatchewan.
The TSS is a non-profit corporation that was established in June 2017 by the Retail Council of Canada (RCC) and the Western Canada Tire Dealers (WCTD) to serve as the scrap tire recycling program operator in Saskatchewan. The TSS is now operating in the province under a new Ministry of Environment approved Product Stewardship Program since January 1, 2018.
The TSS relies on a “user pay" funding model, where a tire recycling fee (TRF) is charged on the purchase of all new tires. All revenue generated from the TRF is spent on activities directly related to the program.
How are Tires Recycled?
The TSS focuses on capturing tires at the retailer location before they have a chance to be landfilled or stockpiled on private lands in communities across the province.
The TSS has over 1350 retailer participants who capture tires immediately that are generated at the time of new tire purchases/changeovers and direct the waste to recycling. Consumers are always encouraged to leave their old tires with the retailers.
Additional programs like the Return to Retailer (R2R) offered by the TSS provide solutions to Saskatchewan residents who have small numbers of accumulated waste tires to dispose of. The R2R program provides consumers an opportunity to participate in responsible scrap tire stewardship by placing their scrap tires into the recycle stream through the R2R Program. R2R allows Saskatchewan residents to drop off a maximum of ten (10) rimless scrap tires, free of charge, at select tire retailers during business hours, even if the tires were not originally purchased at that location.
The TSS partners with a number of private businesses who collect and recycle the tires into useable marketable items that are useful for public use like road paving, playground surfaces, paving blocks/stones, shingles, mats and many other products.
How is the Program Funded?
The TSS relies on a user pay principle, which means that the consumer of the tire bears the responsibility for the product once it has reached the end of its useful life. All of the fees are used solely for the recycling of scrap tires and administration of the scrap tire program.
The tire recycling fee applies wherever the first retail sale (or deemed sale) of a new tire takes place in Saskatchewan. This includes sales to non-residents that are completed within the province of Saskatchewan.
The TSS sets the tire recycling fee that is to be charged at the point-of-sale of all new tires. All rates are registered and approved by the Ministry of Environment. Refer to the "Retailer Info" section of the TSS website for more information.
What Types of Tires Can Be Recycled?
Under the Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation there are 5 eligible tire types:
• Passenger Car/Light Truck
• Medium Truck
• OTR I
• OTR II
Tires that are not included under the program include:
• Wheelbarrow tires
• Wheelchair/electric mobility aid tires
• Any tire with a rim size of less than 7"
Bicycle tires are not typically part of the TSS program in that there are no recycling fees attached to the sale of a new bike tire. However, there is a voluntary recycling partnership between supporting bike retailers in Saskatchewan and the TSS. The bike tire recycling program works with the existing scrap tire collection and recycling programs, funded by the TSS.
How Can Farmers Dispose of Tires?
Before there was a provincial scrap tire management and recycling program, used tires were often stockpiled on private property and farmland because there was no other disposal option available. The TSS works with Rural Municipalities and focuses on the clean-up of these tires throughout the province. For more information please contact the TSS office.
What Happens to the Tires?
The TSS works with independent scrap tire processing businesses to ensure that scrap tires are disposed of properly. The TSS currently has four contracted service providers in Saskatchewan to provide collection services to retailers and transportation of scrap tires to registered processors where they are recycled and repurposed into usable, marketable items such as playground surfaces, road paving material, patio blocks, shingles, mats and a whole lot more. Please contact the TSS office for inquiries related to tire pickups and service needs.
Visit www.tssk.ca, call 1-833-790-1894 (Toll Free) or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
ABOUT RECYCLING OTHER PRODUCTS
Recycle Saskatchewan is the best source of information on recyclable items that have provincial, end-of-life management programs. Recycle Saskatchewan works with the government and other stakeholders to support extended producer responsibility and product stewardship in Saskatchewan.
For inquiries from the general public, businesses and other community organizations/groups on where to recycle both stewarded products and various other products, another resource is the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council (SWRC). SWRC has a searchable database on their website at http://www.saskwastereduction.ca/. Just select the community and the item for recycling to get a list of places where that item can be recycled. In the search results, please note any restrictions listed. Calling ahead to make sure the location will accept the item is recommended.
SWRC can also be reached by phone at 306-931-3242 or email at email@example.com. SWRC may have suggestions if an item is not included in the database.