Public and Stakeholder Engagement
The Ministry of Environment is engaging with community stakeholders and First Nations to spearhead the development of a Solid Waste Management Strategy to help address all the items in our province that we commonly refer to as 'waste' – garbage, trash, rubbish, effluent, refuse and scrap materials. Amongst provinces, Saskatchewan has the second highest waste disposal rate at 897 kilograms per person, while only 13 percent of waste is diverted from landfills, the lowest in Canada. Improper disposal of solid waste contributes to environmental impacts and public health risks, through potential environmental contamination and the accumulation of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere. Saskatchewan has established a number of successful waste stewardship and recycling programs to recycle beverage containers, paint and paint containers, scrap tires, used oil, oil filters and containers, antifreeze, electronic waste, and packaging and printed paper. As we move forward, the Solid Waste Management Strategy will serve as Saskatchewan's roadmap for waste reduction and management by outlining long-term goals and actions to support change. It will contribute to the management and protection of Saskatchewan's environment for the well-being of the province, its people and its future.
The Government of Saskatchewan prepared a discussion paper outlining the history and issues related to waste management as identified by the Government of Saskatchewan and previous engagement efforts. The discussion paper informed participants of Saskatchewan’s successes and constraints, and helped participants provide feedback during the engagement process. Feedback was provided through written submissions, an online survey, and in-person engagement workshops. Engagement began in March 2017 and feedback was accepted until May 2017. The discussion paper is available in Related Items below.
In May 2017, the ministry hosted engagement sessions online and in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert. The sessions included a brief presentation by the ministry, as well as a group discussion and networking sessions. A total of 115 people attended the engagement sessions; 64 responses were received through the online survey; and 32 written submissions were received. In total, 97 organizations were represented in the engagement process.
What We Heard
Feedback received throughout the engagement process has been organized under the three strategic priorities, which includes landfill management, waste stewardship and recycling, and government leadership. A number of common themes were identified throughout the engagement activities including: funding, geographic challenges, regionalization, harmonization, enhanced regulatory and enforcement, and education, amongst others. The ministry’s What We Heard summary document is now available for review.
The first step to guide Saskatchewan's solid waste management efforts will be the development of a strategy that will provide the overarching framework to facilitate and encourage long-term waste management in Saskatchewan. The ministry is developing a draft strategy that will be available during a second round of public engagement.
Once is the strategy is finalized the next phase will involve the development of short- and medium-term action plans to implement initiatives to reduce and/or manage waste in Saskatchewan. The input provided so far is helping government to understand key interests and concerns to be considered in the development of the strategy.
Written submissions, requests, and questions can be forwarded to:
Ministry of Environment
Environmental Assessment and Stewardship Branch
Attn: Solid Waste Management Strategy
4th Floor, 3211 Albert Street
Regina, SK S4S 5W6