I was recently asked a question about the details of the Multi-Material Recycling Program (MMRP) in Saskatchewan. When I tried to answer the question I realized that I didn’t know as much about the program as I probably should (given my job and blog), so I decided to do a little research and share what I found.
In 2013, the Government of Saskatchewan approved the Household Packaging and Paper Stewardship Program Regulations, which define the province-wide industry and municipal cost-shared recycling program (the MMRP) for household paper products (i.e. printed paper, newspaper and cardboard) and packaging material (i.e. plastic, metal and glass) that are sold or distributed in Saskatchewan. Under this program, industries that produce and distribute the materials will be responsible for up to 75% of the net cost of the program, and municipalities that choose to participate and collect the materials through community recycling programs will be responsible for the remaining cost. This means that industry will finally be held responsible (at least partially) for the waste created from the packaged products they produce and distribute.
These industries are dubbed “stewards” and are defined in the regulations as brand owners and first importers of these materials into the province. Multi-Material Stewardship Western Inc. (MMSW) is a non-profit organization that was established to represent these industry stewards. MMSW has developed a project management plan (PMP), approved by the Minister of Environment in December 2013, that defines how the recycling program will be structured, funded and managed. Industry stewards are required to either enter into an agreement with MMSW (or a similar such organization) to operate the program on their behalf, or develop their own recycling program.
The MMPR will be implemented by January 1, 2015 and predicts that it will reduce the amount of waste going into our landfills by 40%. This program will benefit the residents of Saskatchewan and our environment by conserving natural resources, saving energy, diverting materials from our landfills and helping to strengthen Saskatchewan’s economy.
For more details about this program, please check out the links below. The Government of Saskatchewan’s MMRP Frequently Asked Questions page has a lot of great information.
Government of Saskatchewan
- “The Household Packaging and Paper Stewardship Program Regulations” – PDF
- MMRP Frequently Asked Questions
Multi-Material Stewardship Western Inc. (MMSW)
- “Saskatchewan Waste Packaging and Paper Stewardship Plan Approved by the Saskatchewan Ministry of the Environment (MOE)” – PDF
In the News
- Global News – “Province Funds Urban Recycling”
- The Star Phoenix – “Deadline Extended for Recycling Program”
- Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council – “Multi-Material Recycling Program set to go Jan 2015”