Programs & Services
Reduce, reuse, recycle are the three R’s of recycling. Much of what used to be called "waste" is a resource that can be re-used. In this section you will find how recycling helps reduce the amount of solid waste going into our landfills, encourages the development of new technologies and creates jobs. By recycling, we can ensure a healthy environment and a sustainable economy for Saskatchewan.
Where can I recycle my waste?
Visit Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council to learn more.
NEW - The Used Petroleum and Antifreeze Products Collection Regulations Are Now In Effect
The Used Petroleum and Antifreeze Products Collection Regulations are effective January 1, 2014. The new regulations increase the number of petroleum products that can be recycled which includes 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. PDF of Regulations | News Release
Disposing of Compact Florescent Lamps in Saskatchewan
Beginning January 1, 2014, the sale of incandescent light bulbs will be gradually phased out across Canada. There are several alternatives to incandescent bulbs, one being compact florescent light bulbs (CFL’s). However, since CFL’s contain mercury, a toxic substance, the ministry encourages users to dispose of them appropriately. CFL’s should not be put in curbside garbage, curbside recycling or directly into the landfill. They may be accepted at municipal household hazardous waste days held in some Saskatchewan communities, and there are a number of retail and commercial locations that will accept CFL’s. To learn about where you can dispose of CFL’s in Saskatchewan, visit www.saskwastereduction.ca. For more information about the phasing out of incandescent light bulbs, go to www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/regulations-codes-standards/6847.
Multi-Material Recycling Program (MMRP)
MMRP is a province-wide recycling program for household printed paper, newspaper, cardboard, plastic, metal and glass packaging material. The cost of the program is being shared between the industry that produces and distributes the materials and the municipalities that collect the material through community recycling programs.
As Saskatchewan communities continue to grow, reducing the waste going into our landfills will help to extend the life of landfills and save infrastructure dollars. It is estimated that MMRP will help to reduce the amount of household waste entering landfills by 40 per cent annually, which is equivalent to the weight of 52,700 pick-up trucks!
MMRP is the culmination of extensive consultation and collaboration with industry, municipalities, government and environmental organizations to develop The Household Packaging and Paper Regulations, which identify industry stewards and the materials that will be recycled under the program.
Any business that sells or distributes household packaging and paper products in Saskatchewan may be financially obligated to participate in MMRP.
Multi-Material Stewardship Western Inc. (MMSW) is a non-profit organization, which was established in March 2010 to represent the industry stewards. MMSW will operate the program based on a product management plan that defines how the recycling program will be structured, funded and managed. The plan was approved by the Minister of Environment in December 2013.
The Ministry of Environment created, monitors, evaluates and administers regulations for the following programs:
Electronic Waste Recycling - Ensure your end-of-life electronic products are recycled responsibly and help divert thousands of tonnes of old electronic waste from Saskatchewan landfills. You can recycle your old electronics at any SARCAN depot. Check out www.sweepit.ca for information.
Beverage Container Recycling - Take your non-refillable, ready-to-serve beverage containers to any SARCAN depot and receive a deposit refund. These containers include metal, plastic, and glass packaging and juice boxes. SARCAN also collects other recyclables on behalf other recycling agencies in Saskatchewan. Go to www.sarcsarcan.ca for information.
Scrap Tire Recycling - Millions of used tires are diverted from the Saskatchewan's waste stream by recycling them into useful, marketable items, such as speed bumps, vehicle ramps, tree rings and mulch mats and running tracks, etc. Check out www.scraptire.sk.ca for information. The Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation (SSTC) is a non-profit, non-government organization that delivers the province-wide tire recycling program.
Used Oil Recycling - Improperly discarding used oil materials in fields, ditches, drains or on roadsides contributes to environmental pollution and wastes non-renewable natural resources. When collected, used oil materials can be recycled and reprocessed into useful products. Go to www.usedoilrecyclingsk.com for information. New petroleum and antifreeze products have been added to the program as of January 1, 2014.