Packaging & Paper

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.

Further Information

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