The Saskatchewan government is expanding recycling programs in our province. New regulations aimed at increasing Saskatchewan’s list of recyclable petroleum products will provide key environmental benefits.
The new regulations increase the number of petroleum products that can be recycled to include antifreeze, antifreeze containers, diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) containers and diesel fuel filters. Used oil, used oil filters and used plastic oil containers are already eligible for recycling in Saskatchewan. The size of containers for recycling also increases from 30 litres to 50 litres to reflect changes in packaging.
“As our communities continue to grow, we have an obligation to protect our environment by finding effective ways to dispose of hazardous waste materials,” Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said. “Aligning with Saskatchewan’s Plan for Growth, the expanded recycling program helps to prevent the illegal dumping of hazardous materials and extend the life of our municipal landfills. This program has the potential to divert over three million litres of antifreeze from traditional waste cycles, which is good news for our environment and for our quality of life.”
Increasing the number of recyclable products was championed by the Saskatchewan Association for Resource Recovery Corporation (SARRC), which operates the province’s approved product management program for used oil, used oil filters and related products on behalf of the industry. Key industry stewards and stakeholders support the expansion of the used oil recycling program. Public support is also strong, as indicated in a 2013 public opinion survey commissioned by SARRC.
“SARRC appreciates the support of the Minister and his ministry in updating the regulations to include these new products in our recycling programs,” SARRC Executive Director Phil Wrubleski said. “Antifreeze, DEF and antifreeze containers and diesel fuel filters are logical extensions of recyclable materials captured through SARRC’s province-wide network of registered collectors and nearly 300 collection points.”
Under the new regulations, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers can collect and recycle these additional petroleum products through the SARRC program. The changes come into effect Jan. 1, 2014.
For more information on provincial recycling programs, visit the Ministry of Environment’s website at www.environment.gov.sk.ca/recycling.