Province announces new recycling initiative

Justin Crann
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More than 100,000 tonnes of waste could be diverted from landfills with the province's planned multi-material recycling program, said Environment Minister Ken Cheveldayoff.

The Ministry of the Environment has announced that it is launching a new endeavour to help make recycling programs a more affordable reality for Saskatchewan municipalities.

“What happened, as of last week, was that the Household Packaging and Paper Stewardship Program (HPPSP) regulations were passed,” said Marlon Killaby, the ministry’s manager of waste stewardship and recycling. “What that does is obligate manufacturers, distributors and retailers of certain household products to develop a recycling program for their products.”

The HPPSP regulations pertain to products that include newsprint, cardboard, metals, glass and plastics -- household waste that, according to Killaby, can be diverted from landfills into a recycling program.

“It is estimated that more than 40 per cent of the household waste going to landfills today can be diverted into recycled products ... that amount is equivalent to about 112,000 tonnes or 52,700 pick-up trucks,” said Ken Cheveldayoff, minister of the environment, in a release.

For more on this story, see tomorrow's Times-Herald.

Organizations: Ministry of the Environment

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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