Packaging and Paper

About Multi-Material Stewardship Western (MMSW)

Multi-Material Stewardship Western (MMSW) is a not-for-profit agency established in 2013 to develop and implement a waste packaging and paper (WPP) stewardship program in the Province of Saskatchewan on behalf of businesses obligated under Regulation. MMSW’s Stewardship Plan was approved by the Ministry of Environment (MOE) in October 2015 and the program officially launched on January 1, 2016.

MMSW members include retailers, restaurants, importers, manufacturers, distributers or wholesalers and any other organization that supplies packaged goods and/or paper and flyers to Saskatchewan residents. MMSW is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of representatives from companies that pay fees to cover the cost of the program. To learn more about MMSW, visit

What does MMSW do?

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 400 municipalities & First Nations, and nine Regional Waste Authorities, covering 86 per cent of Saskatchewan households. These agreements provide for per household financing for Local Governments and Regional Waste Authorities to use towards funding recycling programs. For more information, visit

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