Household Hazardous Waste Regulations and Recycling Program
After much consultation and contribution from stakeholders, the Government of Saskatchewan is paving the way for an important province-wide stewardship program for managing household hazardous waste (HHW). HHW is defined as equipment, material, products and substances that meet the criteria for flammable, corrosive or physically hazardous. HHW can include toxic or environmentally hazardous materials, household pesticides and batteries.
HHW is a waste category that poses a risk to human health and the environment if improperly disposed of by contributing to landfill leachate or by entering a municipal wastewater system. Improper disposal can also result in contamination of soil, surface water and groundwater systems. Although HHW makes up approximately one per cent of the waste stream in Saskatchewan, it poses a much higher risk of environmental impacts than other municipal waste due to its toxic nature.
In order to create a permanent, province-wide HHW program, the much-anticipated Household Hazardous Waste Product Stewardship Regulations came into effect on June 27, 2019. The regulations require manufacturers or distributors, vendors, importers, and retailers of household hazardous waste products to manage the collection and safe disposal of the products.
Having an HHW program is an important step forward in waste management for Saskatchewan and will support the government's commitment to safe communities and a healthy environment protected from adverse environmental impacts. Once the product stewardship program has been approved by the Ministry of Environment, implementation of the program can begin to take shape.
The household hazardous waste program will be funded and operated by the industry that creates, imports or sells the products identified in the regulations, alleviating some of the costs for municipalities and taxpayers.
Grain Bag Recycling Program
The Government of Saskatchewan has approved a recycling program for agricultural plastics under The Agricultural Packaging Product Waste Stewardship Regulations. The program is the first of its kind in Canada and provides a responsible option for producers to return plastic grain bags for recycling. All sellers of grain bags are required to join an approved program.
The grain bag recycling program is operated by Cleanfarms on behalf of regulated retailers and manufacturers. Cleanfarms, an organization committed to environmental responsibility through the proper management of agricultural waste, is currently operating 23 collection sites around the province. Continued growth of the program will expand the collection network in the years to come.
The grain bag recycling program is funded through an environmental handling fee (EHF) added to grain bags at the point of purchase.
For more information on the program, a map of all collections sites in the province or a more detailed list of EHFs, please visit Cleanfarms.
Solid Waste Management Strategy
The Government of Saskatchewan has established the independent Solid Waste Management Advisory Committee to lead consultations with municipalities, industry, recycling organizations and First Nations to help develop a provincial solid waste management strategy. In addition to leading the consultations, the committee will also be making recommendations to the Minister of Environment.
Good news, Saskatchewan!
You've contributed to some impressive recycling and waste reduction in our province:
- More than 400 million beverage containers recycled through SARCAN in 2017.
- More than 409,000 litres of paint collected and diverted from landfills in 2017.
- More than 2,200 tonnes of waste electronics collected and recycled in 2017.
- More than 18 million litres of used oil and almost two million oil filters recycled in 2017.
- Over 480 municipalities have blue box recycling programs, leading to more than 41,250 tonnes of printed paper and packaging materials recycled in 2017.
Where can I recycle my waste?
There are plenty of options to recycle waste. Visit the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council to learn more about them.
Most of Saskatchewan's waste diversion and recycling programs are based on the extended producer responsibility (EPR) model, in which the producer is physically and/or financially responsible for the proper disposal of the product at the end of its useful life. The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to working towards the development of legislation and regulations that support the Canada-wide Action Plan for Extended Producer Responsibility (CAP-EPR). Saskatchewan has established a number of successful EPR stewardship recycling programs to recycle used oil, oil filters and oil containers, antifreeze, scrap tires, paint and paint containers, electronic waste, packaging and printed paper and agricultural plastics. The Ministry of Environment maintains a contract with SARCAN to operate the beverage container program.
Agricultural Plastics – Cleanfarms is the organization responsible for the proper disposal of grain bags. Visit Cleanfarms for more information on the program and a map of drop off locations around Saskatchewan.
Beverage Containers – Take your non-refillable, ready-to-serve beverage containers to any SARCAN depot and receive a deposit refund. These containers include aluminum/tin cans, plastic bottles/jugs, glass bottles, cartons and juice boxes.
The mandate of the Beverage Container Collection and Recycling Program is to provide a provincial system to collect and recycle beverage containers distributed in Saskatchewan.
Electronics – The Electronic Product Recycling Association (EPRA) ensures end-of-life electronic waste is responsibly recycled. You can recycle your old electronics, such as home theatre systems, computers or televisions, at any SARCAN depot or participating retailer locations.
Paint – Drop off unwanted household paint at any SARCAN depot in the province. SARCAN also offers a free paint exchange program. The Saskatchewan Paint Program, operated by Product Care Recycling, provides further information on the paint recycling program.
Pharmaceuticals – Find information about the Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal program, which allows customers to return pharmaceuticals to the majority of the province's pharmacies for safe disposal, at Health Products Stewardship Association.
Printed Paper and Packaging – Multi-Material Stewardship Western Inc. (MMSW) partners with Saskatchewan municipalities to operate the printed paper and packaging recycling program, commonly known as blue box programs. Contact your local municipality for more details on municipal recycling programs.
Scrap Tires – Tire Stewardship of Saskatchewan is a non-profit organization that delivers the province-wide tire recycling program. The program diverts millions of used tires from the waste stream, recycling them into useful items such as speed bumps, vehicle ramps, tree rings, mulch mats and running tracks.
Used Oil and Antifreeze
– Used oil, oil filters, oil containers and antifreeze can be re-refined, recycled and reprocessed into useful products like new lubricants, construction rebar, posts and fencing. Recycling used oil materials helps prevent pollution and conserve non-renewable resources. The Saskatchewan Association for Resource Recovery Corporation (SARRC)
provides further information on the used oil and antifreeze recycling program.
Permits to Operate
Electronics – Permit to Operate for Electronic Product Recycling Association
Scrap Tires – Permit to Operate for Tire Stewardship of Saskatchewan
Used Oil and Antifreeze – Permit to Operate for Saskatchewan Association for Resource Recovery Corporation (SARRC)